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Swiss flag in front of mountains
Published Oct. 26, 2015 12:26 PM

A new book sheds light on the options for Norway should it decide to withdraw from the EEA Agreement. Is a Swiss-style free-trade agreement an option, and if so, would it be more democratic?

Sami representative at the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in New York
Published Oct. 12, 2015 3:56 PM

Globalisation provides the Sami people with political power as well as valuable networks with indigenous people worldwide. "Globalisation has been really positive for the Sami political struggle," says Maria Hernes, who recently returned from fieldwork in Karasjok, Oslo, and New York.

EU flag from book cover
Published Sep. 16, 2015 12:34 PM

Erik O. Eriksen sheds light on the EU as an idea and concept in his newest book which is published in Norwegian with the title 'What is the EU good for?'.

Ritual to obtain blessings from the local deity to ensure health and well-being of the one-year olds
Published Sep. 7, 2015 3:13 PM

Does health constitute another major crisis of globalisation? How does food relate to health, well-being, and social change? Wim Van Daele has talked with healers and doctors in Sri Lanka about the “unhealthy” mix of new and processed foods, stress, the corporate monopolization of food chains, and burning stomachs.

Published July 27, 2015 7:58 PM

Pollution, violence, forced displacement: What to do against harmful side effects of mining? A big disaster on a small island helped anthropologist Catherine Coumans to find an answer.

Published June 29, 2015 8:30 AM

The Oslo-based Research Group for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition has been named as a world-class research group. At the same time the group’s founders, Anders Fjell and Kristine Walhovd, have just received the Research Prize for 2015 awarded by the University of Oslo.

Published June 23, 2015 3:35 PM

There is a waste of resources in forming academics, having them compete for positions, publications and research funding, that is arguably not efficient, according to Tatiana Fumasoli.

Published June 22, 2015 2:36 PM

What options are available for the Brits should they decide to leave the European Union? Some important lessons can be drawn from Norway, Switzerland and Iceland, current non-members which enjoy the benefits of the EU’s internal market.

Published June 19, 2015 12:17 PM

The Norwegian European policy is characterized by form rather than by content, a new study indicates. An ‘active’ European policy is primarily about a more efficient use of instruments and internal administrative coordination. It is only exceptionally about promoting Norwegian interests in specific policies.

People with the serotonin gene variant have a higher risk than others for developing a depression, when faced with stressful life circumstances. Photo illustration: Colourbox
Published June 15, 2015 8:30 AM

People born with a particular gene variant have a greater risk of developing depressions, a recent study from the Department of Psychology shows.

Published May 22, 2015 7:09 PM

​Coal for power, iron ore for steel girders, minerals for our smart phones: the mining business is booming. More and more anthropologists are uncovering effects of this development that would otherwise risk falling under the radar.

Factory with pipes and steam
Published May 18, 2015 12:28 PM

Pessimism prevails about the future of carbon capture and storage in both the USA and EU. This is despite the fine promises that it was precisely this technology that would save the oil and gas industry.

Iceland has cheap and environmentally friendly power because the volcanic activity that formed the island 50 million years ago still provides an important natural resource. Photo: Gunnuhver geothermal area, by Carsten ten Brink, flickr
Published May 13, 2015 4:59 PM

Why has Iceland, a country that is famous for its abundant renewable energy, started to engage in oil exploitation? Other countries are moving away from fossil fuels. Why is this volcanic island choosing the opposite path and will it be worth it, master student Pernille Ihme wonders, currently on fieldwork in northeastern Iceland.

Published Mar. 29, 2015 3:26 AM

Instead of reviewing laws and policies in their offices, bureaucrats tour the country, hold public meetings and communicate with citizens via social media. An initiative in Tanzania can serve as example for other countries wishing to revive local democracy and expand their political and legal repertoire, believes anthropologist Knut Christian Myhre, who is currently writing a book on the topic.