Position: Researcher Scientist, PhD
Phone: +47 976 84 318
Section: Vann og samfunn
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.