Kenneth Bo Nielsen

Associate Professor - Department of Social Anthropology
Coordinator Asianettverket - Centre for Development and Environment
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Phone +47 22858856
Mobile phone +47 94540319
Room 614
Available hours When my door is open or by appointment
Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Eilert Sundts hus blokk A 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1091 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

I work on social movements in contemporary India, with a particular focus on land and environmental questions. At the moment I am particularly interested in how popular movements and activists mobilize the language and institutions of law in struggles over land and nature. My research interests also include Indian politics in general, as well as the political economy of development. With Arve Hansen I coordinate Asianettverket, the Norwegian Network for Asian Studies.


I have taught at various places at the University of Oslo for over a decade. Please visit my Norwegian page for an overview of the courses that I regularly teach at the Department of Social Anthropology..


I have an MA in anthropology from the University of Copenhagen (2005) and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Oslo (2014). I was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Development and the Environment from 2006 to 2014, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Sociology at the University of Bergen from 2014 to 2017, and Associate Professor at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo from 2017 to 2019. I have also been a part-time Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI) during 2017. I have worked as an Associate Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology since 2019.

Tags: Social Movements, Political Economy, political culture, Law, India, Development
Published Mar. 7, 2019 11:29 AM - Last modified Sep. 3, 2020 9:27 AM