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Med eit kritisk blikk på kvantifisering av matsikkerheit

Thor Olav Iversen sitt doktorgradsprosjekt har som mål å utvikle eit kritisk rammeverk for å vurde kvantifisering av matsikkerheit. Vi tok ein rask prat med stipendiaten.

Berekraftsmåla er FN sitt viktigaste verktøy for å fremje utvikling og berekraft.


Intervjuet blei gjort på engelsk:

What was your relationship to SVT before the PhD period?

I had studied and done a master in economics at the University of Bergen and lived in Bergen on and off for over a decade. With regards to SVT, I had done a PhD course in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) before I started my PhD.

Why and how did you become interested in your research theme?

Through development research and practice. I worked at Chr. Michelsen Institute for a couple of years after finishing my masters degree and then in the World Food Programme (UN). This raised my interest in the role statistics plays in development and humanitarian work.

How was your first meeting with SVT?

The course I took in RRI was highly interesting and stimulating. It therefore peaked my interest in the research and teaching interests of SVT.

What is the (working) title of your project?

Food security indicators: Measuring a multidimensional concept

Please tell us about your project in 3-5 sentences.

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. This doctoral project seeks to develop a critical framework for assessing food security quantification.

How is your research relevant to the public?

My work includes taking a critical look at the choice of and process of selecting indicators for the SDGs, which are the UNs most important tool for promoting development and sustainability in the coming decade.

What would you like to do after your PhD research period?

Continue working in academia or in the development sector.

Thor Olav i media


Bergen Global, 1. november 2019: 

Thor Olav i samtale med Silvio Funtowicz om 'krisa i vitskapen' og opphavet til post-normal vitskap.

Thor Olav leia samme dag Funtowicz si forelesing "On the rhetoric of sustainability", med relevans for UiB sitt engasjement for FN sine berekraftsmål. Møteserien er eit samarbeid mellom Forum for vitenskap og demokrati, SDG Bergen og Bergen Global.