Knut Gunnar Nustad

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Knut G. Nustad is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology. His research covers two thematic fields, political anthropology and environmental anthropology.

Research interests

Thematic: Political anthropology, political ecology, environmental anthropology, state formation, conservation, environment, informality, contested landscapes

Regional: South Africa, Norway

About

Nustad’s first fieldwork was conducted in Durban, South Africa, during the transition from apartheid to democracy, and examined one large planned urban development projects. Research focused on the complex and often contradictory relationship between local political processes and state attempts at reform. He described how the local political leadership was able to read the formal assumptions on which the developers based their interventions, and in turn transform these into informal political resources.

The relations between state actors and local political processes in Durban led to a more general interest in the state and how anthropology could be used in the study of state actors and state processes. This interest was strengthened when he after his PhD took up a position at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). The differences between academic and policy-oriented knowledge production led to a focus on the various frames of reference within which knowledge is produced, specifically how knowledge is produced in state institutions, and an interest in state formation more generally. This led to the publication of State Formation: Anthropological Perspectives (Pluto 2005), co-edited with Christian Krohn-Hansen.

Nustad’s interest in environmental anthropology arose from a study of property relations and land rights in South Africa, with a focus on the complex set of relations underlying South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Through ethnographic research as well as archival studies, the project documented how shifting land uses have created radically different, yet closely connected, assemblages of people, non-humans and things. It has led to amongst other the publication of Creating Africas: struggles over nature, conservation and land (Hurst 2015), and, together with Penny Harvey and Christian Krohn-Hansen, the edited collection Anthropos and the Material (Duke, to be published in 2019)

In 2019 he started a three-year research project with Heather Swanson at Aarhus University, seeks to combine the interest in environmental anthropology with global politics and colonial state formation. Global trout – investigating environmental change with more than human world systems is an interdisciplinary project that investigates how the humanities and social sciences can contribute to new modes of conservation and environmental management that are responsive to the complex histories and politics of species introductions. It does so by asking a methodological question about how to study 'global' environmental problems that unfold in highly diverse ways in different places.

Higher education and employment history

Education

  • Universitetet of Oslo 1989-1993
  • University of Cambridge 1993-1999

Qualifications

  • B.A. Universitetet i Oslo 1993 (Social Anthropology, Psychology, Development Studies)
  • M.Phil Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge 1994
  • Ph.D. Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge 1999
  • University Pedagogics, UMB, 2006

 

Tags: Political Anthropology, Political ecology, Environmental Anthropology, State, Conservation, Environment, Informality, Landscape

Publications

  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar & Swanson, Heather Anne (2021). Political ecology and the Foucault effect: A need to diversify disciplinary approaches to ecological management? Environment & Planning. D, Society and Space. ISSN 0263-7758. doi: 10.1177/25148486211015044. Full text in Research Archive
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2020). From Wildlife to Natural Resources, and Back Again? Translating Natures in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Ethnos. ISSN 0014-1844. 85(1), p. 17–32. doi: 10.1080/00141844.2018.1535514.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2020). Notes on the political ecology of time: Temporal aspects of nature and conservation in a South African World Heritage Site. Geoforum. ISSN 0016-7185. 111, p. 94–104. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.03.002.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2019). Traces of Pasts and Imaginings of Futures in St Lucia, South Africa. In Harvey, Penny; Krohn-Hansen, Christian & Nustad, Knut Gunnar (Ed.), Anthropos and the Material. Duke University Press. ISSN 9781478002864. p. 161–177.
  • Krohn-Hansen, Christian; Nustad, Knut Gunnar; Harvey, Penelope & Harvey, Penelope (2019). Introduction . 1. In Harvey, Penny; Krohn-Hansen, Christian & Nustad, Knut Gunnar (Ed.), Anthropos and the Material. Duke University Press. ISSN 9781478002864. p. 1–32.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2018). Trout, Colonialism,and Capitalism in South Africa. In Swanson, Heather Anne; Lien, Marianne Elisabeth & Ween, Gro Birgit (Ed.), Domestication Gone Wild: Politics and practices of multispecies relations.. Duke University Press. ISSN 978-0-8223-7126-7.
  • Ween, Gro Birgit; Lien, Marianne Elisabeth & Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2013). Om å "forholde seg til" ANTropologi og andre tekster. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar & Sundnes, Frode (2013). The nature of the land: the Dukuduku forest and the Mfolozi flats, KwaZulu-Natal. The Journal of Modern African Studies. ISSN 0022-278X. 51(3), p. 487–506. doi: 10.1017/S0022278X13000396.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2013). 'Property' and 'rights' in a South African land claim case. In Derman, William; Hellum, Anne & Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora (Ed.), Worlds of Human Rights. The Ambiguities of Rights Claiming in Africa. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 978-90-04-24647-8. p. 83–100. doi: 10.1163/9789004250130_005.
  • Lien, Marianne Elisabeth; Nustad, Knut Gunnar & Ween, Gro Birgit (2012). Introduksjon. ANTropologiens grenseflater. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285. 23(3-4), p. 214–224.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2012). Natur, representasjon og performativitet i St Lucia, Sør-Afrika. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285. 23(2-3), p. 249–260.
  • Nustad, Knut (2011). Land, eiendom og samfunn i Dukuduku, Sør-Afrika. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285. 22(3-4), p. 235–244.
  • Nustad, Knut (2011). Property, rights and community in a South African land-claim case. Anthropology Today. ISSN 0268-540X. 27(1), p. 20–24. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8322.2011.00784.x.
  • Nustad, Knut (2011). Performing natures and land in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa. Ethnos. ISSN 0014-1844. 76(1), p. 88–108. doi: 10.1080/00141844.2010.546866.
  • Nustad, Knut (2011). Revisiting post-development from an environment-development perspective. In Kjosavik, Darley Jose & Vedeld, Pål Olav (Ed.), The Political Economy of Environment and Development in a Globalised World - Exploring the Frontiers. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. ISSN 978-82-519-2786-4. p. 153–174.
  • Harvey, Richard A.; Mitchell, Hugh D.C.; Stenman, Ulf-Håkan; Blankenstein, Marinus A.; Nustad, Knut & Stieber, Petra [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2010). Differences in Total Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Immunoassay Analytical Specificity and Ability to Measure Human Chorionic Gonadotropin in Gestational Trophoblastic Disease and Germ Cell Tumors. Journal of reproductive medicine. ISSN 0024-7758. 55(7-8), p. 285–295.
  • Holen, Halvor; Nustad, Knut Gunnar & Åsheim, Hans Christian (2010). Activation of EphA receptors on CD4(+)CD45RO(+) memory cells stimulates migration. Journal of Leukocyte Biology. ISSN 0741-5400. 87(6), p. 1059–1068. doi: 10.1189/jlb.0709497.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2007). Development: the devil we know? Exploring Post-development: theory and practice, problems and perspectives. Routledge. p. 35–46.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2007). ´Nasjonale interesser´fra et antropologisk ståsted. Internasjonal Politikk. ISSN 0020-577X.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2006). Den norske staten og verden bilder og speilbilder. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285. 17(03.apr), p. 233–242.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2006). Foreign aid and the ideas of development, Poverty, politics and development: interdisciplinary perspectives. Fagbokforlaget. p. 205–249.
  • Krohn-Hansen, Christian & Nustad, Knut G (2005). Introduction: theoretical approaches, State Formation: Anthropological Perspectives. Pluto Press. p. 3–26.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2005). State Formation through Development in Post-apartheid South-Africa, State Formation: Anthropological Perspectives. Pluto Press. p. 79–95.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2005). Perceptions of politics: a South African case. Cadernos de Estudos Africanos. ISSN 1645-3794. 05.jun, p. 175–189.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2004). The right to stay in Cato Crest: formality and informality in a South African development project, Reconsidering informality: perspectives from urban africa. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet. p. 45–61.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2004). Kultur og samfunnsforhold. In Rylander, Kristina (Eds.), Att studera Afrika: Vägar till källorna. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet. p. 119–131.
  • Nustad, Knut G. (2004). Faglighet og ideologi i bistanden. Kirke og kultur. ISSN 0023-186X. 109(4), p. 488–499.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2004). Denmark and national liberation in Southern Africa: a flexible response. Internasjonal Politikk. ISSN 0020-577X. 62, p. 290–292.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar & Thune, Henrik (2003). Norway: political consensus and the problem of accountability. In Ku, Charlotte & Jacobson, Harold K. (Ed.), Democratic accountability and the use of force in international law. Cambridge University Press. ISSN 0-521-80747-6. p. 154–175.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2003). The development discourse in the multilateral system, Global institutions and development: framing the world?. Routledge. ISSN 0-415-31290-6. p. 13–23.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2003). Considering global/local relations: beyond dualism, Globalisation -- Studies in Anthropology. Pluto Press. p. 122–137.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2003). Rasjonalitet,politikk og økonomi i Sør-Afrika. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285. p. 99–111.
  • Kaarhus, Randi & Nustad, Knut G. (2002). Introduksjon: Om antropologi og utvikling. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285. 13(01.feb), p. 5–13.

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  • Harvey, Penny; Krohn-Hansen, Christian & Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2019). Anthropos and the Material. Duke University Press. ISBN 9781478002864. 261 p.
  • Nustad, Knut (2015). Creating Africas: struggles over nature, conservation and land. Hurst Publishers. ISBN 9781849042581. 192 p.
  • Krohn-Hansen, Christian & Nustad, Knut G (2005). State Formation: Anthropological Perspectives. Pluto Press. ISBN 074532441X. 263 p.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2003). Gavens makt: Norsk utviklingshjelp som formynderskap. Pax Forlag. ISBN 82-530-2431-2. 155 p.

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  • Dewan, Camelia & Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2020). Contested Waters and Fluid Properties in Capitalist Natures.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar; Lien, Marianne Elisabeth; Flikke, Rune & Münster, Ursula (2019). Project opening and film screening: an aquatic antropocene? The domestication of fish and rivers.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar & Swanson, Heather Ann (2016). Trout Biopolitics: Living in the ruins of colonial fish introductions.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar; Flikke, Rune & Berg, Cato (2016). Trout, temporalities and capitalism in the Aurland Valley, Western Norway.
  • Nustad, Knut (2015). Creating land as investable and as nature.
  • Nustad, Knut (2014). Exploring conservation and its critique in St Lucia, South Africa.
  • Nustad, Knut (2014). Wilderness trough domestication: Trout, colonialism, and capitalism in South Africa:.
  • Nustad, Knut (2014). ‘Traces of pasts and imaginations of futures in St Lucia, South Africa’. Paper for the workshop Engaging the Material: Challenges to Anthropology, Oslo November 2014.
  • Nustad, Knut (2014). The Political Economy of NGOs: State Formation in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Critique of Anthropology. ISSN 0308-275X. 32(2).
  • Lien, Marianne Elisabeth; Ween, Gro Birgit & Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2013). Om å 'Forholde seg til' ANTropologi og andre tekster. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285. 24(3-4), p. 272–274.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2013). Bokanmeldelse: Ørnulf Gulbrandsen - The state and the social: state formation in Botswana and its precolonial and colonial genealogies. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285. 24(2).
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2012). Comments: developmentality and the ethnography of aid partnership. AAA San Francisco 2012.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar; Berg, Cato & Flikke, Rune (2012). Human-fish temporalities in Aurland, Norway. Paper presented at American Anthropological Association, San Francisco 2012.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2012). Nature, Values & Dumont. Paper presented at CUBI workshop: Environment and Values, Holmen, June 2012.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2012). ‘Beyond purifications: exploring conservation and its critique’. Paper presented at EASA, Nanterres, July 2012.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2012). Beyond purifications: exploring conservation and its critique. Paper presented at the conference Old Land, New Practices, Grahamstown, South Africa, September 2012.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar & Sundnes, Frode (2011). Conservation and land claims in St. Lucia, South Africa.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2011). Creating Africas: Struggles over nature, conservation and land.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2011). Conservation nature and land claims in the Dukuduku forest, KZN.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2011). Land and nature in St Lucia.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2011). Creating Africas: Struggles over nature, conservation and land.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2011). Traces of landscapes past: Conservation and Land claims in St Lucia, South Africa.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar; Flikke, Rune & Berg, Cato (2010). Imagining fish and rivers in Aurland, Norway.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2010). Performing natures and land in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2009). Performing nature in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2009). “They think birds are more important than people”: Conservation, land and natures in a South African World Heritage Site.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2008). Problematizing property relations in the Isimagaliso Wetland Park, South Africa.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2008). Appropriation of nature and land in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2008). Urban politics at the intersection of street and state: the case of Durban.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2008). Shack-land state formation - a South African case.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2008). Property rights, nature and conservation in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2008). Fremtiden for norsk bistand.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2007). Nature, land, property rights and conservation in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, South Africa.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2007). Vi redder verden - etter kaffen.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2007). An anthropology of the State? A conversation with Knut Nustad and Finn Stepputat.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2007). Produserer godt omdømme for Norge.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2007). The state as form and as effect: a South African case.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2006). People and the state in Durban's Cato Crest.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2006). What should be learned from the sucess and failures of of development research over the past 40 years?
  • Nustad, Knut G (2005). Civil society as reconfigured public in South Africa.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2005). Thomas Hylland Eriksen og Finn Sivert Nielsen: til verdens ende og tilbake - antropologiens historie. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2005). Experiencing representation: leadership, politics and resources in a South African informal settlement.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2005). Den norske staten i verden: bilder og speilbilder.
  • Nustad, Knut G (2005). Hvis vi er Vesten, hva er da resten?
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2004). Språk og makt i bistanden.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2004). Terje Tvedt: Utviklingshjelp, utenrikspolitikk og makt. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285. 15(3), p. 185–186.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2004). Terje Tvedt: Utviklingshjelp, utenrikspolitikk og makt: den norske modellen. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285. 15(3), p. 185–186.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2004). Keynote: New directions in development theory.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2004). After the Giants.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2004). State, Governance and Development in Durban's Cato Crest (South Africa.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2003). Virker bistanden?
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2003). Om gavens makt. [Radio]. NRK dagsnytt 18.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2003). u-hjelp som lynavleder. [Newspaper]. Morgenbladet.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2003). Civil society in South Africa: as seen from above.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2003). Development, knowledge and the state: a relational approach.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2003). The development discourse in the multilateral system.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2003). Utvikling i Norge.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2003). The consept of development in Norway.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2002). Femti år med bistand - hvorfor vi må tenke nytt.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar (2002). Review: The myth of development (de Rivero) / The Illusion of Progress (Gillespie). Development in Practice. ISSN 0961-4524. 12(2), p. 232–234.
  • Sundnes, Frode; Nustad, Knut Gunnar; Benjaminsen, Tor A & Sjaastad, Espen Olav (2013). Claiming Land, Nature and History: Land Restitution and Nature Conservation at the Dukuduku Forest, South Africa. Universitetet for miljø- og biovitenskap. ISSN 978-82-575-1128-9.
  • Nustad, Knut Gunnar; Heldal, Inger & Thue, Nanna (2003). Review of Norwegian non-governmental organisations' development co-operation with South African partners. NORAD.

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