Berit Kristoffersen is an associate professor in political science at the Department of Social Sciences and the Arctic Centre for Sustainable Energy (ARC) at UiT. She leads the research project RENEW (connected to Smart Senja) and ARC’s research on society and ethics. She is a political geographer by training and is especially interested in resource geopolitics and energy transition in the Arctic. She is working on developing methods for co-creation across sites in Arctic Norway, where ongoing fieldwork with master/PhD students include Longyearbyen, Finnmark, Lofoten and Senja. She is especially interested in drawing lessons across sites and scales, i.e. social acceptance and meaningful engagement in Arctic communities as well as supply-side climate politics at the national scale, measures that are both important for realizing the Paris agreement. Her PhD was on territorial and political strategies for opening up the Norwegian Arctic for oil and gas production, which is an ongoing research subject.
Her research contributions have included work on state space, critical geopolitics, climate change and energy politics. Her work has been published in journal such as Geoforum, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, and Energy Research and Social Sciences.
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Philippe Le Billon and Berit Kristoffersen (in press). "Just cuts for fossil fuels? Supply-side carbon constraints and energy transition", EPA: Economy and Space.
Brigt Dale & Berit Kristoffersen (2018). “Post-Petroleum Security in a Changing Arctic: Narratives and Trajectories Towards Viable Futures.’ ’Arctic Review on Law and Politics,Vol.9,pp.1-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.23865/arctic.v9.1251
Hannes Gerhardt, Berit Kristoffersen and Kirsti Stuvøy (2018). “Saving the Arctic: Green peace or oil riot?”, in Pram Gad U. and J Strandsbjerg (eds) Politics of Sustainability in the Arctic: Reconfiguring identity, time and space, Routledge, pp. 149-162.
Phil Steinberg and Berit Kristoffersen (2018). ‘Building a Blue Economy in the Arctic Ocean: Sustaining the Sea, or Sustaining the State?’ in Pram Gad U. and J Strandsbjerg (eds) Politics of Sustainability in the Arctic: Reconfiguring identity, time and space, forthcoming Routledge, pp. 136-148.
Phil Steinberg, Berit Kristoffersen and Kristen Shake (in press). “Edges and Flows: Exploring Legal Materialities and Biophysical Politics at the Sea Ice Edge”, in Braverman and Elizabeth R. Johnson (eds) Ocean Legalities: The Law and Life of the Sea, forthcoming Duke University Press.
Berit Kristoffersen & Paul Wassmann (2018), 'Barentshavet mellom kunnskap og politikk', Ottar No 1 2018, pp. 55-63.
Phil Steinberg & Berit Kristoffersen (2017): "The ice edge is lost….nature moved it": mapping ice as state practice in the Canadian and Norwegian North', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 42(4): 625-641. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tran.12184/full
Berit Kristoffersen and Oluf Langhelle (2017) “Sustainable Development as a Global-Arctic Matter: Imaginaries and Controversies” in Keil, K. and Knecht (eds) Governing Arctic Change: Global Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 21-41
Berit Kristoffersen and Mette Ravn Midtgard, “Lofoten som reiselivsmål i dag og i framtida; - turistens perspektiv”, SINTEF Nord research report 4/2016, 43 pages
Britt Kramvig, Berit Kristoffersen & Anniken Førde (2016), “Responsible cohabitation in Arctic Waters: The Promise of a Spectacle Touristic Whale”, in Abram, S. & K. A. Lund (eds.) Green Ice, Palgrave
Brigt Dale and Berit Kristoffersen (2016) 'A post-petroleum perspective' Cultural Anthropology
Berit Kristoffersen (2016) "The workable Arctic of Ice and Oil" in Living Earth - Field Notes from the Dark Ecology Project 2014-2016, Sonic Acts, Sonic Acts Press, Amsterdam, pp. 217-230.
Kristoffersen, Berit, Norum, Roger and Britt Kramvig (2016), "Arctic whale-watching and Anthropocene Ethics",in Hujbens, Edward and Martin Gren (eds.), Tourism & the Anthropocene. London: Routledge, pp. 94-110.
Kristoffersen, Berit (2015), 'Opportunistic Adaptation: New discourses on oil, equity and environmental security'. In O'Brien and Selboe (eds), The adaptive challenge of climate change. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming August 2015, pp. 140-159
Ryggvik, Helge and Berit Kristoffersen (2015). Heating Up and Cooling Down the Petrostate: The Norwegian Experience. In Princen, T., Manno, J. P. and Martin, P. (eds), Ending the Fossil Fuel Era. MIT press, forthcoming May 2015, pp.249-276.
Kristoffersen, B. 2014. Drilling oil Drilling oil into Arctic minds? State security, industry consensus and local contestation. PhD-thesis in political science, University of Tromsø.
Kristoffersen, B. and B. Dale (2014), ‘Post-Petroleum Security in Lofoten: Why identity matters’, Arctic review on law and politics, Vol 5, No 2, 201-226.
Kristoffersen, B. 2014. ‘Securing’ geography: Framings, logics and strategies in the Norwegian High North. In Powell, R. and K. Dodds (eds), Polar Geopolitics? Knowledges, Resources and Legal Regimes, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham and Northampton, MA, pp 131-148.
Jensen, L.C. and B. Kristoffersen. 2013. Nord-Norge som ressursprovins: Storpolitikk, risiko og virkelighetskamp, In Jentoft S., Røvik K.A. and J. I. Nergård (eds), Hvor går Nord-Norge? Politiske tidslinjer, Orkana Forlag, Stamsund, pp. 67-80.
Stuvøy, K. and B. Kristoffersen, B. “En feit og fin og norsk en? Lofottorsken i internasjonal politikk", Tidsskriftet Internasjonal Politikk, Vol 71, No 1, 2013, pp. 109-119.
Kristoffersen, B. and L. C. Jensen, 'Nordområdepolitikken: A license to drill?' Tvergastein, Vol 1, No 2, 2012, pp. 74-80.
Midtgard, M. R., Kristoffersen, B. & S. Myhr. 2012. ‘Kompetanse & kapasitet i petroleumsnæringen Ytre Helgeland, Bodø, Harstad, Tromsø og Hammerfest’, Norut-Notat 1/2012 (27 pages).
Underthun, A. and B. Kristoffersen, 'Petroleum-related regional development in Norway: The possibilities and paradoxes of internationalization'. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift, Vol 65, No 4, 2011, pp. 189-190.
Buck, M. and B. Kristoffersen, 'Boring etter olje og gass i nord: Lokal strid langs nasjonale skillelinjer?'. Ottar, No 2, 2011, pp. 48-54. In Norwegian. Online: http://site.uit.no/smartstien/files/2012/10/OljediskusjonLofotenMobil.pdf
Kristoffersen, B. and S. Young, 'Geographies of security and statehood in Norway's "Battle of the North"'. Geoforum, Vol 41, No 4, 2010, pp. 577-584.
O'Brien, K., A. St. Clair and B. Kristoffersen, 'The framing of climate change: why it matters'. In O'Brien, St. Clair and Kristoffersen (eds), Climate Change, Ethics and Human Security. Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 3-22.
O'Brien, K., A. St. Clair and B. Kristoffersen, 'Towards a new science on climate change'. In O'Brien, St. Clair and Kristoffersen (eds), Climate Change, Ethics and Human Security. Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 215-227.
O'Brien, Karen; St.Clair, Asuncion; Kristoffersen, Berit. Climate Change, Ethics and Human Security. Cambridge University Press 2010 (ISBN 978-0521-19766-3) 231 pages.
Kristoffersen, Berit. Spaces of Competitive Power. Master thesis in Human Geography, University of Oslo,2007. Online: http://www.duo.uio.no/sok/work.html?WORKID=53989
Berit Kristoffersen is an Associate Professor in Political Science the Department of Social Sciences at UiT and Arctic Centre for Sustainable Energy (ARC). She leads the research project RENEW (connected to Smart Senja) and UiT sustainability comittee. As a political geographer by training, her research contributions have included work on state space, critical geopolitics, climate change and energy politics. Her work has been published in journal such as Geoforum, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, and Arctic Review on Law and Politics.
Her post-doc (finished 2017) focused on resource and tourism practices and PhD (2014) and master (2007) thesis' on the territorial, political and representational geographies of 'opening up' the Norwegian Arctic for oil and gas activities, themes that are still ongoing research subjects. At present her research is also focused on developing theory and methods for interdisciplinary and social sciences approaches to energy transition and supply-side climate policy perspectives.