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The centre management consists of research director Erik Oddvar Eriksen and administrative director Tara Sarin.

ARENA Director

Prof. Erik Oddvar Eriksen

Eriksen has been professor at the University of Tromsø and the University of Bergen, professor II at the Centre for the Study of Professions at Oslo University College, and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Aalborg. Eriksen’s main research fields are political theory, public policy and European integration. His interest in legitimate rule has led to publications on democracy in the EU, governance and leadership, functions and limits of the state, deliberative democracy, trust, security politics and the welfare state.


Administrative Director

Ida Hjelmesæth

Hjelmesæth has worked in ARENA’s research administration since 2008 and been Administrative Director since September 2015.

On leave from October 2017 to August 2018




Tara Sarin

Sarin has been Head of Administration for the K.G. Jebsen Inflammation Research Centre at the University of Oslo/Oslo University Hospital. She also has national and international project management experience from EU-funded projects and the United Nations.

From October 2017 to August 2018

Published Oct. 15, 2010 4:33 PM - Last modified July 11, 2018 3:46 PM