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
A canal with boats on both sides
The aim of the CANALS project is to develop transdisciplinary ways of convening an ‘extended peer community’ of water stakeholders for policymaking.
Radwan Skeiky/Unsplash
A map of Norway in red, an ocean filled with windmills, oil rigs, fish and ships, and figures sitting around a table made up of the Norwegian flag. The word MENSA is written below.
MENSA's overarching aim is to develop an integrated ethical approach to the sustainable management of Norwegian seascape activities.
The MENSA project
The Uummannaq community gather on the sea ice in front of the island, while the dogsled race is about to start
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
Screen shot of Zoom meetings with the experts
Screenshot from a UNESCO Global Independent Expert group meeting on 28 January 2021
UNESCO Global Expert Group

CCBIO - an introduction - English version

Watch this video for an introduction to the CCBIO project.
The RECIPES project aims to reconcile innovation and precaution to foster social awareness and responsibility in the EU in research and innovation.
The members of the SuperMoRRI consortium
The SuperMoRRI consortium builds on the work of the MoRRI project (2014-2018) which conceptualised and implemented the first RRI monitoring system in Europe. SUPER MoRRI continues this work, ensuring sustained data collection, curation, further assessment and refinement of the MoRRI indicators
Picture of leaves - official graphical profile for Afino
AFINO is a virtual research centre for theory and activities on Responsible Research and Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Image of the TRANSFORM logo on a screen
TRANSFORM is an EU-funded project that puts Responsible Research and Innovation principles into practice.
RECIPES-prosjektets logo for neonicotionid-studien
The aim of BeeCaution, the spin-off project of RECIPES, is to build a Norwegian epistemic network of relevant actors to engage in the RECIPES discussion on precaution and innovation, looking specifically at the case study on neonicotinoid pesticides and bees.
Irrigation of crops
In the project SIZE, Arnald Puy studies the role of size in the sustainability of irrigation systems.

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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),  whose 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, and two projects funded by Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) – grants for all stages of researchers’ careers – be they doctoral candidates or highly experienced researchers. MSCA encourages transnational, intersectoral and interdiscplinary mobility.

Project funded under Excellent Science:

Scott Bremer | CALENDARS | ERC Starting Grant

Arnald Puy Maeso | SIZE | MSCA Global Fellowship

Project: The role of size in the sustainability of irrigation systems (SIZE)
Project manager: Arnald Puy Maeso  
Project duration: 2019-2022

Simon Meisch | CANALS | MSCA European Fellowship

Project: Changing Water Cultures (CANALS)
Project manager: Simon Meisch  
Project duration: 2021-2023

Science with and for Society (SwafS)

Science with and for Society (SwafS) in H2020 had as its object to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

Projects financed under SwafS:

Roger Strand | TRANSFORM | SwafS-2019-1

Kjetil Rommetveit and Roger Strand | SUPER MoRRI | SwafS-2018-1

Jeroen van der Sluijs | RECIPES | SwafS-2018-1

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 financed by the NFR:

Kjetil Rommetveit | CoPol | Researcher project – SAMRISK

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

Mimi E. Lam | MENSA | Researcher project – MARINFORSK

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

Jeroen van der Sluijs | BeeCaution | FORSTERK

Jan Reinert Karlsen | NeuroSysMed | Centre for Clinical Treatment Research (FKB)


Jeroen van der Sluijs | #LoVESeSDG | MILJØFORSK

Roger Strand | Res Publica | BIOTEK2021

Project: Res Publica: Responsibility, practice and the public good across Digital Life
Project manager at SVT: Roger Strand
Project duration: 2017-2022

Roger Strand | CCBIO | Centre of Excellence (SFF)

Centre: Centre for Cancer Biomarkers
Lead researcher at SVT: Roger Strand
Centre duration: 2013-2023

Co-funded projects

SVT is also involved in two co-funded projects:

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.

UNESCO Global Independent Expert Group is financed by UiB (SDG Norway – National Committee for Agenda 2030 in Higher Education) and UNESCO.

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

Thomas Völker | UNESCO Global Independent Expert Group | UiB and UNESCO

Project: UNESCO Global Independent Expert Group
Scientific coordinator at SVT: Thomas Völker
Project duration: 2020-2022

PhD projects

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

Thor Olav Iversen | Assessing food security quantification | UIB

Thor Olav Iversen’s doctoral project seeks to develop a critical framework for assessing food security quantification. Food insecurity and hunger is still endemic in developing countries.

According to the most used food security indicator, 800 million people remain undernourished globally, down 170 million from two decades ago. Such estimates however depend on the methodology used to quantify food security.

Measurement methods also impact the form, targeting, scale and timing of an aid response.

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.

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