Lena Gross

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Visiting address Eilert Sundts Hus Moltke Moes vei 31 0851 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1091 0317 Oslo

Academic Interests

Thematic: resource and nature management, social change, power relations, gender, Indigeneity

Regional: Arctic and Subarctic, especially Canada, Greenland and Norway


  • Sosant 1300: Economic Anthropology
  • "Introduction to Greenland - Society, Culture, and History". Lecture for Bachelor students at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design


In my PhD-project, Magnifying Inequalities. Tales of land, labour, and belonging in the context of the oil sands industry in Northern Alberta, Canada, I show, why inequality does not disappear but persists existing in a resource rich area (North-Eastern Alberta, Canada) and why it even grows in some aspects.  I will argue that this is not caused by individual failure, but that age, family situation, gender, ethnicity, and race (and of course intersectional combinations of the before mentioned) play a significant role in the life chances Northern Albertans have. The oil/tar sands industry has changed the area not only materially but also culturally and socially. These changes have impacted local people to very different amounts, high lightening and magnifying challenges Canada has with its colonial past (and some would argue present), unequal wealth distribution and scarce infrastructure in its northern areas. My PhD research is affiliated with Thomas Hylland Eriksen’s ERC-funded research project “Overheating: The Three Crises of Globalisation”.


  • Norwegian Energy Companies Abroad: Expanding the Anthropological Understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility (2015 - 2019)

    Project leader: Professor Ståle Knudsen. Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen.
Tags: Globalisation, Environment, Power, Resource management, Social change


  • Gross, Lena (2016). (Uncomfortable) Solidarities Doubtable Belongings and Human and Non-human Relations in Alberta’s Tar/Oil Sands Region.
  • Gross, Lena (2016). Black dependency - How the petroleum industry has changed Canada.
  • Gross, Lena (2016). Walking the Line. Balancing research -, community- and personal interests in Canada’s tar sands.
  • Gross, Lena (2015). Spaces of restraints, spaces of freedom. The northern work camps as landscape in the tar/oil sands industry of Alberta.
  • Gross, Lena (2015). Uncomfortable Knowledge. Competing knowledge regimes in a changing environment in Northern Alberta, Canada.
  • Gross, Lena (2015). Working the Sands: Seasonal Time and Changing Expectations in the Albertan Oil/Tar Sands.
  • Gross, Katharina Lena (2012). Opening up the Arctic – literally speakingAn icebreaker between science and activism. Tvergastein : interdisciplinary journal of the environment.  2, s 7- 11

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Published Oct. 22, 2012 12:30 PM - Last modified June 12, 2018 11:11 AM