About the Climate Anthropologist

  • Professional diploma: UI Design - Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Professional diploma: UX DesignGlasgow Caledonian University
  • Master's degree: Social and cultural anthropology University of Vienna (2017-2019)
  • Bachelor's degree: Social AnthropologyNTNU
  • Year Study: Psychology - NTNU

Key skills

  • Qualitative research methods and ethnography
  • Presentation skills and public speaking
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts
  • Facilitating and coordinating cooperation
  • Efficient and structured working methodology
  • Gritt and gumption
  • Analytical and critical approaches

I founded the Climate Anthropologist to share my knowledge about the human sides of climate change. Much of the challenge we face lies not in technicalities, but rather in the ways people think and feel about climate change; in assumptions and established norms for behaviour; and in poorly adjusted systems, structures and services. 

By combining anthropological research methods and tools from UX design I can efficiently map out challenges and barriers, and develop solutions that help promote climate friendly behaviour. 

I aim to combine human-centered solutions with a focus on sustainability and environmental contexts. There is always more to learn within these fields and I love working with partners that I can learn from and with whom I can develop fascinating projects.

I'm currently based in Oslo, but like any anthropologist I'm open to travel far and wide (and close to home). If you are curious about projects I have worked on you can read more about them here. I'm always up for a coffee and a good discussion, so I hope you will get in touch if you have any questions or would like to work together. 

My greatest fascination with social and cultural anthropology is that it can take anything that seems obvious or ordinary and examine it so all sorts of fascinating contradictions and complications come to light. I have never been all that attracted to the exotic or the exceptional. To me, good anthropology is research that reveals the abnormal in the normal, the extraordinary in the mundane. It is therefore no surprise that when it came to picking a research topic for my thesis I ended up choosing something which was so normal, yet so unusual at the same time. I wanted to juxtapose the ordinary, the everyday, with perhaps the most extraordinary phenomenon that is marking our time: Climate change. I was fascinated by how people normalize a phenomenon that is so unfamiliar to us. I wondered how people make sense of a concept so abstract and complex. It has been called the greatest crisis of our time, yet, to climate activists' frustration, it is not treated as a crisis.
However, something seems to be stirring lately... (van der Staak, 2019, p. 7)