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FNI is an independent foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics and law.

Fridtjof Nansen InstituteWithin this framework the institute's research is mainly grouped around seven focal points:
   Global environmental governance and law
   Climate change
   Law of the Sea and marine affairs
   Biodiversity and genetic resources
   Arctic and Russian politics
   European energy and environment
   Chinese energy and environment

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FNI publications

Latest books and peer-reviewed articles

Energy Research & Social Science Julia S.P. Loe and Ilan Kelman
Arctic petroleum’s community impacts: Local perceptions from Hammerfest, Norway
Energy Research & Social Science, published online 25.03.2016. 10 p. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2016.03.008
Yearbook of International Environmental Law Davor Vidas, Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams
What is the Anthropocene - and Why Is It Relevant for International Law?
Yearbook of International Environmental Law, Vol 25, No 1, 2015, pp. 3-23.
Ocean Development & International Law Øystein Jensen
Russia’s Revised Arctic Seabed Submission
Ocean Development and International Law, Vol 47, No 1, 2016, pp. 72-88.

The Energy Journal Finn Roar Aune, Rolf Golombek, Arild Moe, Knut Einar Rosendahl and Hilde Hallre Le Tissier
'Liberalizing Russian Gas Markets - An Economic Analysis
The Energy Journal, Vol 36, SI 1, 2015, pp. 63-97.
Science Waters, CN, J Zalasiewicz, C Summerhayes, A Barnosky, C Poirier, A Galuszka, A Cearreta, M Edgeworth, E Ellis, M Ellis, C Jeandel, R Leinfelder, J McNeill, D Richter, W Steffen, J Syvitski, D Vidas, M Wagreich, M Williams, A Zhisheng, J Grinevald, E Odada, N. Oreskes and A.P. Wolfe,
The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene
Science, Vol 351, No 6269, 2016, p. 138-147.
Geir Hønneland: Russia and the Arctic: Environment, Identity and Foreign Policy Geir Hønneland
Russia and the Arctic: Environment, Identity and Foreign Policy
London, I.B. Tauris, 2016, 288 p.
Polar Geography Peng Jingchao and Njord Wegge
China’s bilateral diplomacy in the Arctic
Polar Geography, Vol 38, No 3, 2015, pp. 233-249.

Leif Christian Jensen: International Relations in the Arctic: Norway and the Struggle for Power in the New North Leif Christian Jensen
International Relations in the Arctic: Norway and the Struggle for Power in the New North
London, I.B. Tauris, 2016, 288 p.
Review of Policy Research Graeme Auld and Lars H. Gulbrandsen
Diversifying Nature Protection: Evaluating the Changing Tools for Forest Protection in Canada and Norway
Review of Policy Research, Vol 32, No 6, 2015, pp. 699-722

Rowe, Jørgensen & Hønneland: Vårt bilde av Russland Rowe, Lars, Jørgen Holten Jørgensen and Geir Hønneland
Vårt bilde av Russland: 25 debattinnlegg om naboskap i nord ('Our image of Russia: 25 commentaries on neighbourhood in the High North')
Bergen, John Grieg Forlag, 2015, 128 p. In Norwegian.

Other recent research publications

Jørgensen, Jørgen Holten, 'Den evige utopi? Gruvedrift og nasjonale interesser' ('The eternal Utopia? Mining and national interests in Svalbard'), Ottar, No 310, 2016, pp. 26-31. In Norwegian.

Loe, Julia S.P. and Elana Wilson Rowe, 'Perceptions of Petroleum-Related CSR in the Russian Arctic', Russian Analytical Digest, No 181, 06.04.2016, pp. 8-11.

Ydersbond, Inga Margrete, Where Is Power Really Situated in the EU? Complex Multi-Stakeholder Negotiations and the Climate and Energy 2030 Targets. FNI Report 3/2016. Lysaker, FNI, 2016, 162 p.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, The Arctic Council: Vision, structure and participation. FNI Report 4/2016. Lysaker, FNI, 2016, 13 p.

Prip, Christian and Charlotte van’t Klooster, The Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing: User-country measures and implementation in India. FNI Report 2/2016. Lysaker, FNI, 2016, 24 p.

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Latest commentary articles

Gulbrandsen, Lars H., 'Vindkrafts inngrep i naturområder' ('Windpower's encroachement on nature'), Aftenposten, 26.04.2016. In Norwegian.

Gulbrandsen, Lars H. and Torbjørg Jevnaker, 'Norske vindmøller er en dråpe i havet' ('Norwegian wind mills are only a drop in the ocean'), Aftenposten, 12.04.2016. In Norwegian.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'Arktisk råd - en suksesshistorie?' ('The Arctic Council - a success story?'), Nordlys, 10.02.2016. In Norwegian.

Hønneland, Geir, 'En kalkulerende aktør?' ('A (rational) calculating actor?'), Fiskeribladet Fiskaren, 05.02.2016. In Norwegian.

Heggelund, Goerild, 'Aspects that are important to consider in the design phase of the national ETS'. Environomist China Carbon Market Research Report 2016. Beijing, Environomist, 2016, pp. 23-27,

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 Latest FNI News 

The Anthropocene Working GroupThe Anthropocene Working Group meeting at FNI
 (25.04.2016) From 21 to 24 April, the Fridtjof Nansen Institute hosted a meeting of the Anthropocene Working Group, which considered evidence for a human-driven interval of geological time, the Anthropocene.  More >

2030 Climate and Energy FrameworkNew Report Finds the EU's 2030 Climate and Energy Framework a Genuinely Negotiated Compromise
 (14.04.2016) A new comprehensive FNI Report documents the complicated political negotiations leading to the EU's 2030 Climate and Energy Framework in 2014.  More >

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 FNI in the media

'I Norge er olien god for miljøet' ('In Norway, oil is good for the environment'), Information, 29.04.2016. In Danish.

'Die Menschenzeit' ('The era of the humans'), FixPoetry, 21.04.2016. In German.

'Russisk ordfører: – Hybridkrig-teorien er en grov feil' ('Russian mayor: - The hybrid war theory is a big mistake'), NRK Finnmark, 20.04.2016. In Norwegian.

'Arctic Council due for a change', High North News, 15.04.2016.

'Har ikke nødvendig erfaringe til å håndtere Russland' ('Is not experienced enough to handle Russia'), NRK Finnmark, 14.04.2016. In Norwegian.

'Norsk vindkraft hjelper lite mot klimatrusselen' ('Norwegian wind power not important in combatting climate threat'), Aftenposten, 14.04.2016. In Norwegian.

'Analysis gone wrong', Arctic Journal, 14.04.2016.

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 FNI seeks Master's students
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 FNI is located at Polhøgda, outside Oslo, Norway. Polhøgda was the home of Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), famous Norwegian polar explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Nansen lived at Polhøgda from its completion in 1901 until his death in 1930. His grave is in the garden in front of the manor.

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