Meet the Little Tools Research Assistants
TIK's ERC Starting Grant project Little Tools welcomes three new research assistants onboard.
The Little Tools Project team is excited to welcome three research assistants onboard. All three are currently master students at TIK and have rich experience from past work and civic engangement that is of great value to the Little Tools project.
Data material and literature
Tone Bjørndal is a second-year TIK student specializing in Science and Technology Studies. In her thesis, she analyzes an ongoing controversy of Norwegian climate science and politics: The government’s recent decision to redefine the boundary of the polar ice, in effect enabling petroleum activities in new areas. Tone has long experience from youth politics and currently serves as Climate Change Programme Manager in the norwegian Young Liberals’ committee on climate and environmental policy. She holds a B.Sc. in Environment and resources. Tone’s main tasks on the Little Tools team will be to transcribe interviews and to organize data material and research literature.
Communication and outreach
Cyriac George is a first-year TIK student specializing in Innovation Studies. In his thesis, he analyzes the recent political decision to make inner-city Oslo, Norway’s capital, car-free. Cyriac already holds two M.A. degrees, in International Relations from Jawahalal Nehru University in New Dehli, India and in Education from Mercy College in New York City, USA. He worked for several years with FAO (the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization) in Rome and as an independent writer, editor, and even a vocal actor. He blogs about US politics, technological change, and transnational identities. Cyriac’s main tasks on the Little Tools team will be to build the project’s website and develop the project’s communication and outreach work.
Visual profile and events
Tobias Fossheim is a first-year TIK student specializing in Science and Technology Studies. In his thesis, he employs theoretical concepts from the field of Valuation Studies, which is also a key concept in the Little Tools project, to analyze a new initiative for promoting Norwegian computer games abroad. Tobias has long experience with computer game programming and graphic design. He is a board member and lead designer of TIK’s student publication Teknovatøren. He previously worked at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet where he was responsible for resource planning. He holds a B.A. in international studies. Tobias’ main tasks on the Little Tools team will be to build the project’s website and visual profile and to organize seminars and workshops.