The Climate Anthropologist

Where human and planet-centered solutions meet

The Anthropology of Climate Change

Climate change is a global problem; technical, scientific and abstract. And it is precisly this abstract nature of the issue that makes this phenomenon highly rooted in the local. People, with their different cultural and social backgrounds, from their various viewpoints in the world and in life, ascribe meaning to climate change in different ways. What we believe to be real, achievable and normal impacts how we understand both the causes and the solutions to this problem. For decades environmental anthropology has examined how people relate to and interact with their surroundings. The spread of climate change - as a physical phenomenon, as well as a social idea - has shed new light on this field. As a social anthropologist my work aims to understand how people affect climate change and how climate change affects people, both physically and mentally, from global as well as local perspectives. The second part of the job is to share this knowledge through lectures, workshops and by cooperation with various organizations and companies. To share knowledge across disciplines and industries is vital for a more positive development moving forward into the future. I bring the social and cultural aspects to the table and help shed light on the intrinsic role they play in shaping both the underlying problems and the solutions to the crisis in which we find ourselves. 

What previous partners and clients say

Emil Holmeide Blattmann

Founder / Empact

"She has really inspired us with her enthusiasm and expertise. The methods and mechanisms she has applied and introduced to us have been incredibly educational. We learned quickly that our views on how people perceive litter were more fragmented than we had hoped and believed. Tessa's report will therefore be absolutely central in our future work." 

Line Begby

Sustainability Coordinator
 / Viken County Municipality

"Tessa delivered a very interesting and relevant presentation to employees of the county municipality which we appreciated greatly. She adapted the content and message to our fields of work, and answered questions well. It has been easy and uncomplicated to work with her, and communication has been straigthforward all the way. I can most strongly reccomend a cooperation with the Climate Anthropologist!"

Olav Strand Ruud

/ The Anthropology Days in Trondheim

"She was skilled, secure and informative, and displayed the ability to teach advanced and complicated concepts in an understandable and transparent manner. The team from The Anthropology Days are incredibly satisfied with her, and look forward to seeing more of her in the future. 

Anna Brugger

Programme manager / VHS Hietzing

"We highly appreciated working with Tessa, a reliable and committed, very precise and competent lecturer. Besides the well-balanced PowerPoint presentation, she gave the participants a generous amount of time for questions and comments."

    Customers and collaborators

Recent updates

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Fall 2020 the Climate Anthropologist conducted a study regarding unorganized and individual litter picking in urban spaces. The project "The value of litter" was conducted in cooperation with Empact and received funding from the regional research funds in Oslo. We aimed to understand what motivates people to pick litter in urban environments, what...

"youngsters against greenwashing" is an Interactive workshop including excercises, polls, and discussions. The goal is to provide young people with the tools to think critically and holistically in the battle against greenwashing. The workshop furthermore promotes climate involvement, insight to these important topics, and contributes to coping...

Sunday the 1st of March many motivated participants showed up at the Sjøstjerna Cafe in Drøbak, in spite of the snow and rain. The theme for this afternoon: Greenwashing - what it is, how to not get tricked by it. Because not everything that seems green necessarily is.

VHS (der Wiener Volkshochschulen) is an institution for adult education which offers courses and classes for people from all walks of life. I was invited to lecture about my research project on climate change at their department in Hietzing.

Towards the end of my master studies I got the chance to be part of a research project in Siberia. The team consisted of a group of researchers from the university of VIenna and translators. My personal research project examined ecotourism and remoteness. Despite language barriers we established a good cooperation with local guides and tourist...

Publications and media

Kuckuck - Notizen zur Alltagskultur

Article: Climate change "on the body": Anecdotal evidence, experts and the complexity of localized knowledge.

Under Dusken

"Antropologi, hva er det for noe?" 19.02.2020

Akershus Amtstidende

Artikkel: "Tessa (25) fra Drøbak har en yrkestittel du neppe har hørt før" 27.01.2020