Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities

Research projects

The Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) is in charge of and participates in a range of larger and smaller research projects.

A covid-19 dashboard with a large world map in the centre, statistics to the left and right
CoPol studies Covid-19 contact tracing as digital politics. Screenshot of the Covid-19 dashboard of Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. URL: https://github.com/CSSEGISandData/COVID-19
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MENSA's overarching aim is to develop an integrated ethical approach to the sustainable management of Norwegian seascape activities.
The MENSA project
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From the SeMPER-Arctic project: The Uummannaq community gather on the sea ice in front of the island, while the dogsled race is about to start. Picture taken by Jean-Michel Huctin, CEARC research center, ARTisticc Project, 2015
Jean-Michel Huctin
Fiskebåtar på sjøen
The primary objective of the LoVeSe-SDG project is to deploy novel interdisciplinary social science, humanities, marine science and mathematical methodologies to review and critically analyze the current state of knowledge in relation to the international mandate of delivering on the UN SDGs. To support this objective, the project team are working on a concrete case, Andøy Kommune in the Vesterålen region of Northern Norway.
Joren Room
From the CALENDARS project: The runic calendar is a type of perpetual calendar that can be used year after year.
Elisabeth Schøyen Jensen

CCBIO - an introduction - English version

Watch this video for an introduction to the CCBIO project.
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AFINO is a virtual research centre for theory and activities on Responsible Research and Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility.

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SVT has the last couple of years successfully won several bids for external funding, but the centre also has several self-funded projects.

Below, you will find information about SVT’s on-going projects, project managers and funding sources and programmes. Click on the project for more information.

European Framework Programme (Horizon 2020)

Excellent Science

Under the pillar Excellent Science, SVT has one project funded by the European Research Council (ERC): CALENDARS. ERCs mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of excellent science. In addition, SVT has two SEAS postdoctoral fellows under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND scheme. The COFUND scheme aims to stimulate regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers' training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.

Scott Bremer | CALENDARS | ERC Starting Grant

Aistė Klimašauskaitė | SEAS | MSCA COFUND 2020

Project: Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability (SEAS)
Postdoctoral fellow at SVT: Aistė Klimašauskaitė
Project duration: 2022-2027

Thomas Völker | SEAS | MSCA COFUND 2020

Project: Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability (SEAS)
Postdoctoral fellow at SVT: Thomas Völker
Project duration: 2022-2027

Research Council of Norway (NFR)

The NFR works to promote research and innovation of high quality and relevance and to generate knowledge in priority areas to enable Norway to deal with key challenges to society and the business sector.

Projects, centres and research schools financed by the NFR:

Kjetil Rommetveit | DIGIT | Research school – FORSKSKOLE

Kjetil Rommetveit | CoPol | Researcher project – SAMRISK

Project: CoPol: Covid-19 contact tracing as Digital Politics
Project manager: Kjetil Rommetveit
Project duration: 2021–2025

Kjetil Rommetveit | ASMOG | Collaborative project – MAROFF-2

Mimi E. Lam | MENSA | Researcher project – MARINFORSK

Project: Managing Ethical Norwegian Seascape Activities (MENSA)
Project manager: Mimi E. Lam
Project duration: 2020–2024

Jan Reinert Karlsen | Neuro-SysMed: Philosophy of Neurodegeneration | Centre for Clinical Treatment Research (FKB)

Project: Neuro-SysMed: Philosophy of Neurodegeneration
Project manager at SVT: Jan Reinert Karlsen
Project duration: 2019-2027


Jeroen van der Sluijs | #LoVESeSDG | MILJØFORSK

Roger Strand | CCBIO | Centre of Excellence (SFF)

Centre: Centre for Cancer Biomarkers
Lead researcher at SVT: Roger Strand
Centre duration: 2013-

From 2013-2023, the centre was funded by the SFF scheme. From 2024, CCBIO continues with funding from the University of Bergen (central level) and several sources of external funding.

Other funders

SVT is involved in one co-funded project:

SeMPER-Arctic is financed by The Belmont Forum, a partnership of funding organizations, international science councils, and regional consortia committed to the advancement of transdisciplinary science. Research councils in France, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the Netherlands are funding the project.

Anne Bremer | SeMPER-Arctic | The Belmont Forum: Arctic2019 – Science for Sustainability

Project: SeMPER-Arctic: Sense Making, Place attachement, and Extended networks as sources of Resilience in the Arctic
Project manager at SVT: Anne Bremer
Project duration: 2020-2023

PhD projects

At present, SVT has eight PhDs who are working on their theses:

Emma Jane Lord | Forest carbon offsetting | UiB

Emma Jane Lord has recently conducted a body of fieldwork on the social outcomes of forest carbon offsetting in Western Tanzania.

She is currently analyzing her results in light of questions concerning dimensions of justice (economic distribution of benefits, recognition of social groups and procedural processes of participation and representation) whether and how to design accountability mechanisms for forest carbon offsetting policies that are international in scale.

This research on deforestation processes and governance is interdisciplinary and relates to the concept of environmental justice within the field of political ecology.

Dafne Lemus | Controversies on endocrine disruptors | UiB

Dafne Lemus’ project seeks to study the role of deep uncertainty and scientific dissent on ongoing chemical risk controversies.

Elisabeth Schøyen Jensen | CALENDARS project | H2020 – ERC

Elisabeth Schøyen Jensen is the PhD candidate on Scott Bremer’s CALENDARS project.

The project will empirically explore the relationship between different institutions’ ideas of seasons and their successful adaptation through an in-depth comparative study in two local communities in Norway and New Zealand.

Magdalena Wicher | SUPER MoRRI project | H2020 – SwafS

Magdalena Wicher is the PhD candidate on the SUPER MoRRI project. In her thesis, she focuses on governance aspects of RRI.

Mathias Venning | CONFER project at NORCE | H2020 - Societal challenges

Mathias Venning is employed at NORCE and admitted to the PhD programme via the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities. He is currently working within the H2020-EU funded CONFER project, which focuses on climate adaptation through co-production of climate services in East Africa.

Johannes Andresen Oldervoll | CoPol project | NFR - SAMRISK

Johannes Andresen Oldervoll is the PhD candidate on the CoPol project, which studies Covid-19 contact tracing as digital politics and as data practice on the interfaces between technology, public health and fundamental rights.

Audun Syltevik | Normative assumptions of research in moral psychology | UiB

Audun Syltevik's project is about the normative assumptions of research in moral psychology. He asks questions about both the ethical dimensions of research on morality and the role of ethics in the sciences of morality. Hopefully this can also illuminate somewhat the question of the proper relationship between ethics and social science. 

José Francisco Orozco-Meléndez | Shaping power in climate change adaptation strategies | UiB

Francisco’s current research focuses on the co-production of climate knowledge and adaptation strategies with vulnerable communities in different geographies and social contexts. His research aims to discuss how power relations and dynamics can be accounted for in different traditions of extended science to support the representation of marginalized worldviews and knowledge systems in fairer climate adaptation strategies.

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