Frida Cecilie Bjørneseth

PhD candidate

Funding and collaboration

Frida is a doctoral fellow with NUPI, working on the project "Developmentality and the anthropology of partnership" (DevAnt), where she conducts research on partnerships between faith-based development organizations in Ethiopia and Norway. She has a diverse and interdisciplinary background, and her master's project looked at the experienced of undocumented Burmese migrants living in Thailand, and how state power manifests in borderlands. She has also conducted group fieldwork in Melilla (Spain), worked on gender issues and reproductive health in Uganda, and studied abroad at the American University in Cairo. In addition to her academic work, Frida has also worked extensively with unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Norway. 

Academic interests

  • Aid and development cooperation
  • Religion and development
  • Climate, environment and religion
  • NGOs
  • Forced migration
  • Borders and borderlands
  • Humanitarian issues

Regional interests

  • East Africa/Horn of Africa
  • Southeast Asia


  • Doctoral fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), 2018 - 
  • Teaching assistant, Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU, 2016 - 2018
  • Research assistant, Irise Uganda, 2015
  • Social worker, Kirkenær barne- og omsorgssenter, 2011-2014, 2015-2016


  • PhD candidate, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, Norway, 2018 - 
  • MSc International Relations and Development/Refugee Studies, Aalborg University, 2014-2016
  • BA Culture and Communication, University of Oslo, 2010-2013

Commissions of trust

Funding and awards

  • Falkenbergstipendet, Aslaug Johanne og Johannes Falkenbergs stiftelse, Norway, 2019
  • Summer school travel grant, awarded by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), 2017
  • Fieldwork grant,  Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, 2015
Tags: Development, Development cooperation, Religion, Faith-based organizations, East Africa, Ethiopia, NGOs

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Published Mar. 30, 2020 4:04 PM - Last modified June 8, 2022 9:28 AM