Professor in Sustainability Science. My research focus on environmental changes, socio-ecological systems, ecosystem-based approaches to management and climate adaptation, and new technologies and approaches for interdiciplinary and collaborative science in coastal and tundra systems. For research see www.arcticsustainability.com
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.
My research is driven by the wish to analyze power relations in the narratives that infuse societies both in history, present and future times. Being a feminist scholar, I have broadened my focus from analyzing the existing stories about one specific historic actor (in my Ph.D.) and re-narrating it to scrutinizing dominant tropes in (popular) Western culture. I aim to unpack the potential of the humanities to contribute to a better understanding of the cultural aspects of the current environmental crisis. With my actual research, I move beyond persistent Western narratives on environment and climate change to understand how places can be understood also through embodied knowledges, and what impact this could have on the living and dying of humans and other than humans. My research draws from feminist and critical theories, and examines knowledges, places, and relations. Wondering what knowledges become audible for whom and which not and for whom not, I try to think through sensory, artistic, local, and Indigenous knowledges with a geographical focus on the North of Norway/Northern Sápmi. I am PI of Arctic Auditories - Hydrospheres of the High North (NFR 325506, 2021-25). Moreover, I serve as a member of the advisory board of ECO_CARE (DIKU, PI: Margherita Paola Poto and Giulia Parole) and of WoVen (NFR 2021-26, PI: Melania Bucciarelli, NTNU) and am a member of the ThinkTank Sustainability at UiT. Since 2016, I have been co-editor of the European Journal of Musicology.
Enhet: Fysioterapi Bsc
- Planetary Health, EcoHealth, One Health, sustainable healthcare, environmental physiotherapy
- Critical theory, ethics, environmental post/humanities
- Post/qualitative research
- The Environmental Physiotherapy Agenda 2023; implementing planetary health, environmental and sustainability education in global physiotherapy training. Environmental Physiotherapy Association; Role: Project lead / Principal Investigator
- The Posthuman Walking project: The multiplicity of walking with pain in diverse landscapes of care. Project leads: Dr Shirley Chubb, University of Chichester, UK, & Dr Clair Hebron, University of Brighton, UK. Role: Partner university/researcher.
- Food access and food systems mapping with people with disabilities in Nellmapius. Project leads: Dr Karien Mostert & Helga Lister, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Role: partner researcher
- Ntinga, M.N. (PhD study, ongoing). “Izandla Ze-wele ziyaphilisah” A decolonial co/autoethnography of professional identity formation in South African physiotherapy. University of Cape Town, South Africa (Role: Co-supervisor).
- Struthers, N. (PhD study, ongoing). Nature-based prescriptions to reduce the personal, social, environmental, and global burdens of rehabilitation. Western University, Ontario, Canada (Role: Advisory committee member).
- Food access and food systems mapping with people with disabilities in Nellmapius (Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Students combined Bachelor thesis, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
- Fysioterapeuters erfaringer med bevisst bruk av natur i behandling: En kvalitativ intervjustudie (Bachelor, UiT)
- Plaisant, M. (2022). A discourse analysis of sustainability in physiotherapy (Bachelor thesis, University of Furtwangen, Germany)
- Andreassen, A. & Pedersen, S. (2022). How well is Tromsø designed for supporting active transportation? (Bachelor thesis, UiT The Arctic University of Norway).
- Grønvold, H. (2022). Measures for improving the environmental sustainability of Norwegian physiotherapy practice (Bachelor thesis, UiT The Arctic University of Norway).
- Lund, K. & Klæboe Enevoldsen, A. (2022). How (much) is 'the social' of the biopsychosocial model represented in Norwegian physiotherapy education (Bachelor thesis, UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
- Indgjerdingen, S. & Henriksen, S. (2022). Does outdoor walking have better physical and physiological effects than indoor walking on a treadmill? (Bachelor thesis, Oslo Metropolitan University)
- The knowledge, attitudes and practices of health professionals regarding environmental sustainability - (Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Students combined Bachelor thesis, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
- Spencer, J. (2021). The UN Agenda 2030 SDGs and physiotherapy clinics (BHSc excellence track project, Saxion University, Netherlands)
- Ytreberg, E. & Bøen Grave, N.M. (2021). Klinisk håndtering av overvektige artosepasienter i fysioterapipraksis. Bachelor thesis. NFF studentprisen 2021
- Schüssler, R. (2021). Embodied and experiential planetary health education (Bachelor thesis, University of Osnabrück, Germany)