PhD candidate at the Institute of Transport Economics and Department of Political Science
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As an external PhD candidate at the programme of Political Science, affiliated with the Institute of Transport Economics (TOI), I would like to better the collaboration between external PhD candidates and candidates with a PhD-fellowships at UiO. Having a workspace both at the Department of Political Science and TOI has given me valuable academic insights and personal relations which I assume several others also could benefit from. In my experience it is unused potential in how the PhD programme facilitates for academic and social interaction between these two groups of candidates. The Faculty courses was one such arena, which is important to keep.
Furthermore, I imagine that the required courses could be made even more relevant if they covered a broader range of topics or perhaps was separated into smaller, more targeted elective sub-units. Regarding the elective courses, the program could provide a more detailed overview of potential or commonly chosen courses not only in Norway but also abroad.
On the personal side I started my PhD about two years ago, working as a researcher at the Institute of Transport Economics at the Department for Economics and Logistics for the last four years. I have my educational background from Political Economy at the University of Bergen, Political Science at UiO and International Business Economics from the University of East Anglia, UK. My PhD research covers mainly governance networks, representative democracy, non-elected political representation in Norwegian municipalities. Earlier, my research focused on transport, particularly freight transport, in light of social, economic and environmental sustainability, stakeholder participation and local planning and policymaking.