Frode Sundnes has international and interdisciplinary experience from environment and development studies, with a PhD degree from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His doctoral work within political ecology and environmental history was an exploration of how actors, discourses and material conditions interact in processes of land restitution and nature conservation, and with further consequences on livelihood practices and landscapes. Focusing on a contested forest area in the littoral region of northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the study investigated conflicts of land rights, nature and history in relation to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site and celebrated ecotourism destination.
Sundnes has in his post-doctoral work looked at knowledge production and politics of conservation in Norwegian environmental governance in a study of the management of landscapes and wild reindeer in Setesdal Vesthei-Ryfylkeheiane Landscape Conservation Area in southern Norway. Sundnes also has research experience from South Sudan and Uganda related to land rights, resource conflicts, conservation and environmental governance.
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Scientific articles and Bookchapters
Nesheim, Ingrid; Sundnes, Frode; Barkved, Line; (2018) Hvordan kan regulerte vassdrag tilrettelegges for flerbruk? Et studie av vassdragsfunksjoner og brukerpreferanser. Vann ISSN 0042-2592. Vol 53 No2 s181-191
Nustad, Knut Gunnar; Sundnes, Frode; (2013) The nature of the land: the Dukuduku forest and the Mfolozi flats, KwaZulu-Natal. The Journal of Modern African Studies ISSN 0022-278X. Vol 51 No3 s487-506doi: 10.1017/S0022278X13000396
Sundnes, Frode (2013) The Past in the Present: Struggles Over Land and Community in Relation to the Dukuduku Claim for Land Restitution, South Africa. Forum for Development Studies ISSN 0803-9410. Vol 40 No1 s69-86doi: 10.1080/08039410.2012.727464
Sundnes, Frode (2013) Scrubs and Squatters: The Coming of the Dukuduku Forest, an Indigenous Forest in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Environmental History ISSN 1084-5453. Vol 18 No2 s277-308doi: 10.1093/envhis/emt003
Sundnes, Frode; Shanmugaratnam, N.; (2008) Socio-economic revival & emerging issues related to land & customary institutions in Yirol, Southern Sudan. James Currey Publishers s59-76
Sundnes, Frode; Nustad, Knut Gunnar; Benjaminsen, Tor A; Sjaastad, Espen Olav; (2013) Claiming Land, Nature and History: Land Restitution and Nature Conservation at the Dukuduku Forest, South Africa , null. ISBN 978-82-575-1128-9.
NIVA began to register scientific articles in CRIStin in 2010, reports from 2014.
Sundnes, Frode (2019) Seaweed and kelp – Norwegian use and management in grey area of governance , TEKNIK- OCH VETENSKAPSHISTORISKA DAGAR 2019 27.03.2019
Sundnes, Frode (2018) Rent vann i Glomma kommer ikke av seg selv , forskning.no 02.05.2018
Sundnes, Frode (2018) Surface waters: the overlooked factor in the forestry climate mitigation debate? (SURFER) , Møteplass for forskning på samfunnets klimaomstilling 24.05.2018
Karlsson, Marianne; Sundnes, Frode; (2018) Forestry as climate redemption: the workings and practices of Norway’s climate-forestry incentive schemes , POLLEN Biennial Conference 2018 19.06.2018
Karlsson, Marianne; Sundnes, Frode; (2018) Adaptive management of kelp forests in the northern regions of Norway? , Workshop Reconciling the rule of Law with Adaptive Governance of Marine Ecosystems 15.06.2018
Sundnes, Frode (2018) Adaptation through time: Historical uses of kelp and seaweed along the Norwegian coast , Oceans Past VII: Tracing human interactions with marine ecosystems through deep time: implications for policy and management 22.10.2018
Sundnes, Frode; Karlsson, Marianne; Platjouw, Froukje Maria; Valinia, Salar; Clarke, Nicholas; Kaste, Øyvind; (2018) Forestry intensification as climate mitigation: how is surface water safeguarded? , 5th IUFRO Conference on Forests and Water in a Changing Environment/ II Congresso Latinamericano Bosques y Agua 05.11.2018
Sundnes, Frode (2017) Erfaringer fra planprosessen i vannregion Glomma: samhandling og kryssende mål , Vannforvaltning i endring – Ferske studier med relevans for regjeringens forslag til endring av den norske vannforvaltningsmodellen 01.12.2017
Karlsson, Marianne; Sundnes, Frode; Clarke, Nicholas; (2017) Surface waters: the overlooked factor in the forestry climate mitigation debate? , V International Conference Forest and Water 12.09.2017
Sundnes, Frode; Hongslo, Eirin; (2016) Conservation of a “use-mountain”: Management of a landscape conservation area in southern Norway. , Association of American Geographers 2016 Annual Meeting 28.03.2016
Sundnes, Frode; Hongslo, Eirin; (2015) Conservation of a “use-mountain”: Management of a landscape conservation area in southern Norway , Power in Political Ecology 26.11.2015
Sundnes, Frode (2011) Reclaiming a lost heritage. Narratives of landscape change and 'squatter' issues in the Dukuduku Forest, KwaZulu-Natal , Nature™ Inc? Questioning the Market Panacea in Environmental Policy and Conservation 30.06.2011
Sundnes, Frode (2010) An indigenous forest of scrubs and squatters: Exploring historical perceptions of the Dukuduku Forest, KwaZulu-Natal , Nordic Africa Days 2010 - Time Space Africa: Reconnecting the Continent 30.09.2010
Sundnes, Frode (2009) The Natures of the Dukuduku Forest , 8th Biennial Conference of the Society of South African Geographers (SSAG) University of South Africa (UNISA) 02.09.2009