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The Stein Rokkan Memorial Lecture of 2018 will be held by Professor Kathleen Thelen, whose research on historical institutionalism and comparative historical analysis connects her to the work of Stein Rokkan.
Professor James G. March passed away on September 27, 2018.
Professor Per Lægreid and professor Lisa H. Rykkja have, together with professor Carsten Greve, contributed to the book «Bureaucracy and Society in Transition».
Researcher and Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Comparative Politics and University of Cambridge, Gyda Sindre, has launched an ambitious research network and website which will bring thorough attention to several themes connected to post-conflict studies.
Stefan Dahlberg, who has been an associate professor at the department over the last years specializing in themes such as voter behavior and experimental research, has gained his promotion to professor.
The new research project "Urban Enclaving Futures" seeks to explore enclaving in an African urban context. The project is led by Professor Bjørn Enge Bertelsen and kick-starts on October 1st 2018.
This was one of the topics discussed during Bergen Anthropology Day 2018, which gathered around 80 students, academics and researchers. Other relevant themes were the (ir)relevance of anthropology, as well as ongoing and new research projects.
Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation ready for a new round of CET Accelerator seed funding.
Professor Per Lægreid has contributed to the book «Routledge Handbook of Policy Design».
Hordaland County Municipality, Skyss and Bergen Municipality recently secured 12.5 million NOK to "MUST – mobility laboratory for the development of smart transport solutions". CET will play a central role in the realization and of this project.
In August, the European Association for Social Anthropologists (EASA) conference was held in Stockholm. The Department for Social Anthropology was well-represented with a total of nine employees, among them also researchers from the Energethics project.
In August, Energethics researchers participated in the EASA 2018 conference: Staying - Moving - Settling in Stockholm. We presented papers in the panels ‘Energy in Motion’ and ‘Globalized Workers and Trade Unionism’.
This summer, the opening workshop of the research project ‘The Politics of Inequality’ was held at Harvard University. During the workshop the first findings of the project were presented, and scholars from 7 different institutions shared their knowledge and expertise.
The ERC Advanced Grant Egalitarianism: Forms, Processes, Comparisons is entering its final project year and several important publications have recently appeared.
The Department of Social Anthropology offers three exciting courses taught in English autumn semester 2018, and we welcome both international and Norwegian students to participate.
Energethics published their first article “Rethinking Access. Key Methodological Challenges in Studying Energy Companies” in the journal "Energy Research and Social Science". The article is available online.
What happens when the basic values and social mechanism of society are challenged? And how does change influence how we view ourselves as human beings? This is at the heart of a new anthropological project at the University of Bergen.

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