Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv

Fulbright Arctic Initiative Visiting Scholar, University of Tromsø, Arctic University of Norway, 2015-16


Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv is a professor, specializing in international relations, in Political Science at the University of Tromsø and the Arctic University of Norway, as well as a research associate at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). She is also a member of the Norwegian Royal Commission on Afghanistan investigating the Norwegian efforts in Afghanistan from 2001-2014.

Gunhild was awarded an 18-month fellowship in the inaugural Fulbright Arctic Initiative program in 2015 which continues until late 2016. She has chosen to conduct her research stay at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) at the University of Washington, in the area of “Arctic and International Relations” hosted by the Canadian Studies Center. She will focus on developments of security theory and practice as it relates to the Arctic, in particular in relation to energy. This includes investigating the roles of non-state actors such as energy (particularly oil and gas) industries, as well as the role of Arctic communities, in potentially influencing developments in geopolitics and security.

Gunhild’s background provides the foundation for this upcoming work. She was the International Principal Investigator for the International Polar Year project, “The Impacts of Oil and Gas Activity on Peoples of the Arctic using a Multiple Securities Perspective,” funded by the Norwegian and Canadian Research Councils (with Canadian PI Dawn Bazely). She is currently co-leader of the Arctic Extractive Industries PhD program with Jessica Shadian (U Aarhus) and Florian Stammler (U Lapland) that examines the impacts of extractive resource development on Arctic communities. She was most recently awarded (February 2016) a Norwegian Research Council grant examining Arctic Governance through indigenous territorial rights in Russia (NORRUSS) with partners Gail Fondahl (UNBC), Aytalina Ivanova (NEFU), Florian Stammler, and Jessica Shadian, among others.

Gunhild writes about international relations theory, security theories including gender/feminist security theories, security in the Arctic, and civil-military interaction (both in Arctic as well as international operations settings, such as Afghanistan). She is the author of, “International Relations, Security and Jeremy Bentham ” (Routledge, 2005) and “Understanding Civil-Military Interaction: Lessons Learned from the Norwegian Model” (Ashgate, 2014), as well as lead co-editor (and contributing author) to, “Environmental and Human Security in the Arctic” (Routledge, 2013). She has also written articles in Review of International StudiesSecurity Dialogue, and the International Studies Review, among other journals.

Gunhild hopes to quickly become better familiar with the faculty and research at JSIS to find potential research and teaching synergies, and develop cooperation between her own university, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and JSIS at UW. She looks forward to making these contacts, and making use of the extensive library resources at UW to facilitate her research.

Building on the strong existing network of Arctic Studies scholars and policy experts in the Fulbright Program, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs launched an interdisciplinary collaborative research initiative focused on the Arctic region. The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will create a network to stimulate international scientific collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Using a collaborative model to translate theory into practice, program participants will address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges.