Mette Halskov Hansen

Vice-Rector for Climate & the Environment and Cross-Disciplinarity
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Professor Mette Halskov Hansen was appointed Vice-Rector for Climate & the Environment and Cross-Disciplinarity from August 2021-2025.


  • Born 1962 in Copenhagen
  • Education in China studies, anthropology, literary science from Aarhus University, Shandong University, China (1986-1988), School of Oriental and Asian Studies, (1991)
  • Phd with thesis about ethnic relations and minority education in China, Aarhus University, 1996
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for Development and the Environment, UiO, 1996-1999
  • From 2000, associate professor, Department of East European and Oriental Studies (IØO), UiO
  • Professor since 2003
  • Head of Department IØO, 2003-2004
  • Head of Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), 2005-2006
  • Dean of Research, Faculty of Humanities, UiO 2007-2010.
  • Honorary visiting professor, Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2011-2012
  • Visiting professor Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 2015
  • Foreign professor, Zhejiang University, 2015-2018
  • PI of Airborne project, Centre for Advanced Studies, 2016-2017
  • Spent more 6+ years as student and researcher in China and Taiwan since 1986

Research Areas

  • Ethnic relations and minority policy in China
  • Minority education and rural education in China
  • Processes of individualisation in China
  • Han Chinese migrations to Tibetan and other minority areas
  • Air pollution and environment in China: policy making and popular engagement
  • Spiritually inspired environmental movements in China, Taiwan, India and Vietnam (Transsustain 2020-2027, Research Council of Norway)

Services to the profession

  • 2015-2023, member of the main board of the Research Council of Norway
  • Previous examples of board positions include, for instance, external board member in the Faculty of Humanities, UiB; Centre for East and South East Asian Studies, Lund University; Peace Research Institute of Oslo; Fridtjof Nansen Institute; Division of Science, NFR 


  • Subjects related to China's society, politics, history and culture at all levels
  • Supervisor for a large number of MA and PhD students

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Tags: Chinese society and politics, Ethnic relations, Environmental Studies
Published Aug. 2, 2021 12:48 PM - Last modified Oct. 12, 2021 10:20 AM


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