In process


Oda Steen Sofienlund

Co-Production of Knowledge on Climate Adaptation – A Study of the ‘HordaKlim’ project

In her master project, Oda investigate whether the Hordaklim project contributes to the co-production of climate knowledge between research and management. Knowledge development is emphasized as a central strategy in Hordaland’s climate plan, and the municipalities request more knowledge about climate adaptation. The Hordaklim project has been specifically designed to link the knowledge provider (research communities) to end users (municipalities). Through an examination of the various stakeholders’ expectations and understanding of Hordaklim, Oda would like to find out more about how knowledge production in the project takes place.

Benjamin Lindberg Borch

Planning processes in the re-development of the city of Moss

Benjamin’s master project aims to look at the planning process and development of the city of Moss. The city is currently changing a lot of infrastructural entities in the process of going from a typical industrial city and in to a modern post-industrial city. In this process, there are disagreements and conflicts around which solution is best suited for the city. Benjamin wants to look at the different visions and opinions dominating the process. What arguments, definitions, assumptions and visions have been used in the preparation of the approved plan for Moss? How important is the concept of sustainable development in the different proposals?



Kari Elida Eriksen (completed autumn 2017)

Kari’s project explores the use of multiple methods, or triangulation,in the planning of public open space (POS). The main objective of the study is to explore what makes good public open spaces, and how planners can best combine the Space Syntax method of integration analysis With GIS methods and traditional methods, like observation, to plan them. The study uses the city of Bergen, Norway as a case study.


Marikken Wullf Wathne (completed spring 2017)

The role of petroleum in shaping Stavanger’s Place Identity

Contemporary changes within the petroleum industry is the basis for Marikkens project, as she seeks to explore the processes around Stavanger’s strategy of changing it’s image from being the “oil capital” to becoming the “energy capital”. Marikken has interviewed petroleum workers and municipal employees to explore their narratives on Stavanger’s image – today and in the future.


Fredrik Løkting Hasselberg (completed autumn 2016)

Governance and Conflicting Interests within The Extractive Hot Zone of Repparfjorden

This project aims to uncover how different and conflicting interests and perceptions of place within the assemblage of an Extractive Hot Zone unfold and form the hot zone through interactions between actors and their capabilities to mobilize resources and power at different levels. A multi dimensional assemblage theory, drawing on socio-spatial concepts such as location, scale, network and power will constitute a central part of the projects theoretical foundation. Kvalsund in Finnmark will serve as the project’s empirical catchment area and focus will be directed at proceedings in relation to a planned extraction of copper ore in the south of Repparfjorden.


Daniel Michael Larsen (completed autumn 2016)

The emergence of the car sharing ring (Bildeleringen) in Bergen

This Master’s project aims to map the emergence of car sharing in Bergen. The project takes its point of departure in John Urry’s notion of ”automobility”, and his ideas of how to break dependence on the private car where shared mobility is a key component. The project uses multiple sources of data. It draws on interviews with current and previous employees who have been involved in the development of Bildeleringen. It uses interviews with local policy makers who have to various degrees facilitated car sharing. Further, I have conducted an extensive survey among current members, to uncover what kinds of people use car sharing and what their experiences are.


Lene Berger Henriksen (completed spring 2016)

Sustainable transport and land use planning in Bergen

The project aims to uncover the underlying structures and drivers for sustainable planning in the municipality Bergen. The goal is to uncover how and to what extent the municipality coordinate their spatial planning and their transport planning in order to handle the growing population and at the same time facilitate less emissions from cars and personal transport. The thesis will build upon theories such as spatial theories, urban planning, governance and power relations, and sustainable development and densification. The thesis will also cover the pressing climate problem to some degree as a framework, and explore structures and the legal framework for planning in Norway. The project will be limited to 3 smaller areas within the municipality, and specifically look at the correlation between plans on housing development and plans for public transportation development in these three areas.


Marte N. Aarak (completed spring 2016)

Sustainable city planning from a multilevel governance perspective; a case studie of Bergen’s implementation of the ‘Cities of the Future’ programme

The theme of Marte’s project is sustainable city-planning from a multilevel governance perspective. The project will be based on a national sustainable city-planning project called Framtidens byer. Framtidens byer is a collaboration program between the state, KS (the organisation of the municipalities) the business community and the 13 largest cities in Norway. The project will build on the theory of Multilevel governance which addresses the transition from government to governance, new public management and the shift of power from the national level to global and subnational actors. The aim of the project is to explore how a sustainable city-planning program based on multilevel governance starts off at the national scale, and how it is implemented at the local scale.


Michal Wojtowicz (completed 2015)

Corporate Social Responsibility programming and impact in the Extractive Hot Zone

Michal is currently doing research in the Extractive Hot Zone of Mamuju, Indonesia, where Statoil has been conducting exploration for several years, while at the same time, employing substantial CSR programming in local villages in order to obtain a Social License to Operate. In this thesis the aim is to look further in to a terminated CSR development program in the Extractive Hot Zone of the provincial capital Mamuju in West Sulawesi. The issues Michal will apprehend is related to the sustainability of the development program, i.e. if the program remain viable and contributes toward the local development and to further see if it empowers the local community or if it remain dependable toward foreign contribution.

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