I am a human geographer mainly working in Ghana and other African countries. My research always involves fieldwork where socio-economic processes in local communities are viewed in context of processes on national and global scales. Research interests include gender, entrepreneurship, innovation, informal economies, market trade, food and nutrition security, small-scale fisheries, land tenure, petroleum industry, ICT development, migration, globalisation and political ecology.
Current research projects:
- SAMAKI https://www.uib.no/aktuelt/153487/kampen-om-sm%C3%A5fisken
- 2018-2022: Small Fish and Food security (SmallFishFood): Towards innovative integration of fish in African food systems to improve nutrition. The SmallFishFood project is funded by LEAP-Agri (Long term EU Africa research and innovation Partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable Agriculture, Horizon 2020) and is led by Jeppe Kolding, Department of Biological Sciences, UiB. Together, biologists, nutritionists, anthropologists and geographers investigate the contribution of small fish species such as anchovies and sardines to the food and nutrition security of low-income groups in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda. My research focuses on the processing and marketing links of the fish value chain.
- Nytt om prosjektet (Norwegian news, switch language for same articles in English)
- Nytt prosjekt skal kjempe mot underernæring https://www.uib.no/matnat/117374/nytt-prosjekt-skal-kjempe-mot-underern%C3%A6ring
- Betre utnytting av fisk som matressurs https://www.uib.no/geografi/103277/betre-utnytting-av-fisk-som-matressurs
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- 2018-2023: Enclaving: Patterns of global futures in three African cities. This Research Council of Norway (FRIHUMSAM) funded project is led by Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, Department of Social Anthropology, UiB, and investigates urbanisation and multiple inequalities in three African cities: Johannesburg, Maputo and Accra. My research focuses on gender and socio-economic dynamics of households in a newly constructed high-cost residental area in the capital city of Ghana, Accra.
- Prosjektets webside: https://www.uib.no/urbanenclavingfutures
- 2019-2022: Mapping marine resource conflicts across sub-Saharan Africa: patterns, drivers and solutions for coastal communities (MARICA). Project leader. Elizabeth Selig, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA). Funding: NORGLOBAL, The Research Council of Norway.
Development; globalisation; gender; natural resource governance; agriculture; fisheries; food security; political ecology; migration; the power of maps; qualitative methodology; research ethics; theory of science.Environment and development
- (2023). The processing, preparation, and cooking practices of small fish among poor Ghanaian households: An exploratory qualitative study. Maritime Studies.
- (2022). Market women’s skills, constraints, and agency in supplying affordable, safe, and high-quality fish in Ghana. Maritime Studies. 1-16.
- (2022). Contextualities of gender in Eritrean immigrant households: Exploring empowerment through integration in Norwegian society. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift. 135-148.
- (2021). Anchovy powder enrichment in brown rice-based instant cereal: a process optimization study using Response Surface Methodology (RSM). Food Science & Nutrition. 4484-4496.
- (2020). Land governance and access dynamics in Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana . African Geographical Review.
- (2019). Opposing discourses on the offshore coexistence of the petroleum industry and small-scale fisheries in Ghana. The Extractive Industries and Society. 190-197.
- (2018). The importance and limitations of social networks and social identities for labour market integration: The case of Ghanaian immigrants in Bergen. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift. 27-36.
- (2018). Power theories in political ecology. Journal of political ecology. 350-363.
- (2017). Local navigations in a global industry: the gendered nature of entrepreneurship in Ghana’s oil and gas service sector. Journal of Development Studies. 361-374.
- (2016). Rethinking Livelihood Impacts of Biofuel Land Deals in Ghana. Development and Change. 98-129.
- (2014). Local and global geographies of innovation: Structures, processes, and geographical contexts from a firm perspective. Growth and Change. 403-411.
- (2011). Modernisation narratives and small-scale fisheries in Ghana and Zambia. Forum for Development Studies. 321-343.
- (2009). New Technologies, New Demands and New Literacies: The Changing Literacy Practices of Fishing Communities in Bangladesh and Ghana. Maritime Anthropological Studies. 35-51.
- (2007). When men do women's work: structural adjustment, unemployment and changing gender relations in the informal economy of Accra, Ghana. The Journal of Modern African Studies. 539-563.
- (2006). Networks, Distance and Trust: Telecommunications Development and Changing Trading Practices in Ghana. World Development. 1301-1315.
- (2005). 'Money has no name': unemployment, informalisation and gender in Accra, Ghana. .
- (1995). Interpretation of other life worlds: An essay on the construction of gendered world versions. Paper in scientific theory for the Dr.polit. degree, The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen. .
- (2022). Privat byutvikling og urbane enklaver i Afrika .
- (2022). Life in the urban enclave: Aspirations, detachment, and differentiated outcomes of living in a private city.
- (2020). Living the dream in a cool Place: Gender and spatial relations among enclave pioneers in Accra.
- (2011). Motivations, challenges and performances of local entrepreneurship in the emergent oil city Takoradi, Ghana.
- (2011). Modernization narratives and the sustainability of small-scale fisheries in Ghana and Zambia.
- (2011). Local entrepreneurship in the context of the emerging oil and gas industry in Takoradi, Ghana.
- (2011). Introduction to special issue : environmental governance in the South - discourses/science/policies. Forum for Development Studies. 235-238.
- (2018). The Gendering of a Farming System. A study of the relationship between gender and agricultural production in Ghana.
- (2017). Mobile Phones and Innovations. An Empirical Description of Farmers´ Utilizations of the Mobile Phone in Upper East Region, Ghana.
- (2017). GOVERNING THE OCEAN SPACE FOR THE COEXISTENCE OF FISHERY AND PETROLEUM INDUSTRY IN GHANA’S WESTERN REGION.
- (2016). LAND GOVERNANCE AND COMPETITION FOR SPACE IN GHANA’S EMERGING OIL CITY, SEKONDI-TAKORADI.
- (2016). INTEGRATION OF GHANAIAN IMMIGRANTS IN BERGEN’S LABOUR MARKET.
- (2015). The Proposed Re-development of the Takoradi Market Circle and its likely Implications for Market Traders’ Access to Trading Space.
- (2015). Impacts of the oil and gas industry on the livelihoods of men and women working in the firsheries: A study of Shama, Ghana.
- (2014). The Role of Norad’s Oil for Development Programme in Environmental Management in Ghana.
- (2014). Managing sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Liberia: Exploring the syncretisation of Western and traditional approaches.
- (2014). Irregular and Incomplete Primary School Attendance in Rural Ghana. A case-study of late enrolment and early drop-out in the Eastern Region.
- (2014). Health advocacy and practice: Exploring the influence of social structures in the health related lifestyles of adults in the Asokwa community in Kumasi, Ghana.
- (2014). Ghana’s Emerging Oil and Gas Industry: Livelihood Impacts of the Ghana Gas processing Plant at Atuabo in Western Region, Ghana.
- (2013). Housing in the era of black gold: A study of access to housing in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis, Ghana.
- (2012). MANNING THE RIGS: A STUDY OF OFFSHORE EMPLOYMENT IN GHANA’S OIL INDUSTRY.
- (2012). Gender and Informality in the Construction Industry in Ghana’s Oil City Takoradi.
- (2011). Processes and Effects of Land Sales on Local Livelihoods in Communities located near the Oil Industry in the Western Region of Ghana.
- (2010). Tilgang til vann gjennom det uformelle vannforsyningssystemet i Luanda, Angola.
- (2010). GENDERED STRATEGIES AMONG MIGRANTS FROM NORTHERN GHANA IN ACCRA: A CASE STUDY OF MADINA.
- (2010). Competition between biofuel and food? The case of a jatropha biodiesel project and its effects on food security in the affected communities in Northern Ghana.
- (2009). The Impact of Tourism on Socio-Economic Development in Busua in the Western Region og Ghana.
- (2009). RESOURCE MANGAGEMENT IN THE ANLOEWE MIGRANT FISHING COMMUNITY ABAKAM IN THE CENTRAL REGION, GHANA.
- (2008). Poverty mitigation and Wealth creation through artisanal fisheries in Dzemeni area at Volta Lake, Ghana.
- (2008). MIGRATION AND ITS CONSEQUENCES FOR RURAL LIVELIHOODS: A CASE STUDY OF KWAMANG IN ASHANTI.
- (2008). IBI TSE YIE ( SOME PEOPLE ARE BETTER OFF):RE-DISTRIBUTION MECHANISMS IN THE COASTAL TOWN MOREE, GHANA.
- (2008). Consequences of the reduction in the water levels of Lake Victoria on poor people’s livelihood in Rwanjaba lakeshore community, Uganda.
- (2007). Gender relations and household livelihood security in Lake Kariba fishing communities, Zambia.
- (2007). Fattige fiskere: Fanget eller frigjort av eget fiskegarn? En studie av fiskeribistand og fattigdomsforebygging i Kasafal -India.
- (2017). Matsikkerhet i Aasiaat, Grønland. En studie av interaksjoner mellom matpreferanser, klimaendringer og globaliseringsprosesser.
- (2016). From local content to local participation? Exploring entrepreneurship in Ghana’s oil and gas industry.
- (2015). Biofuels and land politics:Connecting the disconnects in the debate about livelihood impacts ofjatropha biofuel land deals in Ghana.
- (2008). Mobile Traders and Mobile Phones in Ghana. 12 sider.
- (2005). When Sisters Become Competitors: Coastal Women's Innovative Utilization of Trawler By-Catch in Ghana. 16 sider.
- (2021). Locally-procured fish is essential in school feeding programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. Foods. 1-23.
- (2020). Fish for food and nutrition security in Ghana: Challenges and opportunities. Global Food Security. 10 sider.
- (2015). Networks, trust and capital mobilisation: Challenges of embedded local entrepreneurial strategies in Ghana's oil and gas industry. The Journal of Modern African Studies. 391-413.
Small-scale African fisheries
Natural resource management
Main fieldworks: Ghana and Zambia