Global Governance and Sustainable Development

Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) specializes in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics and is interested in getting in touch with Masters' students writing their theisis whithin the institute's focus areas.

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Project descripion

Projects at the Institute focus upon observing and analysing international negotiation processes, international organisations, the shaping of national positions in key countries, and the implementation of international obligations at the national and local levels. Implications for public and private sectors, as well as policy development in Norway are also an important concern.

FNI activities include academic studies, contracts for research, investigations and evaluations. The main disciplines are political science and law, but FNI researchers also hold degrees in economics, geography, social anthropology and history, and have special language and regional competence on Russia and China.

Current research has six focal points:

  • Global governance and sustainable development
  • Law of the Sea and marine affairs
  • Biodiversity and biosafety
  • Polar and Russian politics
  • European energy and environmental politics
  • Chinese energy and environmental politics

For further information, please consult our Norwegian website or contact the Science Shop.

For students writing theses on subjects that are deemed particularly relevant, FNI may offer (subject to approval of application) a scholarship scheme, including very modest economic support. The scheme is most typically applied for a period of 3-6 months, with a maximum limit of 12 months.


  • Students who apply must meet all the following basic requirements:
  • Must have a working knowledge of Norwegian language.
  • Must have a valid residence permit in Norway (FNI can not assist with this).
  • Must have a place to live in the Oslo area (FNI can not assist with this).
  • Must have own economic means (as FNI's modest economic support only covers a small part of the high living costs in Norway).

Please also note that scholarship holders must write their thesis at FNI. No scholarship can be given to students not physically present at FNI during the writing period.

Tags: Asia and Middle East Studies, Development Environment and Cultural Change, Development Geography, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published Sep. 4, 2013 2:15 PM - Last modified May 11, 2017 9:00 AM