Brigt Dale

Brigt Dale
Nordland Research Institute · Environment and Society Research Group

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Brigt Dale is the Research Director for the Environment and Society Research Group, Nordland Research Institute. Brigt is an anthropologist and a political scientist focussing on the way extractive industry development challenges communities' ability to plan for and imagine viable futures, and on how climate change and climate change policy enables and un-ables society's transformation towards greener, more sustainable futures.
Additional affiliations
September 2020 - present
Nordland Research Institute
Position
  • Research Director
January 2019 - present
Brown University
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Social scientist in a multidisciplinary project financed by the National Science Foundation, investigating changes to and the meaning of shorefast sea ice in Uummannaq, Greenland. Project period 2019-2021.
August 2017 - July 2018
Brown University
Position
  • Visiting Scholar

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Publications (28)
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To reach the 1.5-2-degree goal of the Paris Agreement, the speed of transition to a renewable energy society must increase significantly. Applying Perrow’s theory of societal risk, we argue that switching from a fossil-based to a future 100 percent renewable energy system may increase climate risks. Reviewing policy and research literature, and int...
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This paper takes a closer look at the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway, where the increase in nature-based tourism over the last two decades has occurred in parallel with the restructuring of the traditional fisheries. Nature-based tourism in rural regions relies heavily on a broad range of ecosystem services (ES). This paper present how stakehol...
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Meaningful engagement between scientists and stakeholders has been extensively promoted as a tool for increasing public participation in science, as well as for increasing the relevance and impact of scientific research. Yet, co-production of knowledge entails practical challenges, since participants with diverse worldviews, expertise and interests...
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Shorefast sea ice provides an important platform for winter and spring travel between coastal Arctic communities unconnected by road networks. In the past two decades, local Arctic residents have reported thinning and earlier breakup of shorefast ice. Despite these assertions, however, there are few quantitative assessments of how these changes hav...
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The Arctic Environmental Responsibility Index (AERI) covers 120 oil, gas, and mining companies involved in resource extraction north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Finland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden. It is based on an international expert perception survey among 173 members of the International Panel on Arctic Environmental Res...
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Shorefast sea ice comprises only about 12% of global sea-ice cover, yet it has outsized importance for Arctic societies and ecosystems. Relatively little is known, however, about the dominant drivers of its breakup or how it will respond to climate warming. Here, we use 19 years of near-daily satellite imagery to document the timing of shorefast ic...
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This article analyzes how debates on the potential exploration of petroleum, a World Heritage Application and the establishment of a national park in Lofoten, Northern Norway, have interacted between 2008 and 2017. By using an ontological security perspective on anticipation, we identify and analyze how local responses to petroleum and conservation...
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Å nå klimamålene fra Parisavtalen vil kreve en storskala omstilling av den norske økonomien. En analyse viser at målsettinger og ambisjonsnivået i næringslivets veikart for det grønne skiftet ikke er tilstrekkelig til at klimamålene nås. Vi diskuterer hvordan dette kan forklares av politiske, økonomiske og kognitive barrierer, og hvordan disse utfo...
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This paper uses the 2014–2015 plunge in oil prices as a linchpin for understanding how petroleum development represents a challenge to Arctic societies. Analysis of media discourses, grey literature and fieldwork material from 2013 to 2017 compared with previous work in the region shows that the 75% price decrease in oil price brings into stark rel...
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In this paper we explore how post-petroleum security is continually shaped by both the micropolitical practices of everyday life as well as the changing geopolitics of energy landscapes. We focus in particular on the two-decade long struggle over access to hydrocarbon deposits outside the Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja archipelago groups (LoVeSe), a...
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Den norske samfunnsdebatten tar som hovedregel utgangspunkt i at grønn omstilling i Norge ikke er til hinder for en relativt stor petroleumsnæring, også i år 2050 eller i 2100. Noen av hovedargumentene er at verden fortsatt vil trenge olje, at denne oljen bør være norsk, at petroleumsnæringen vil være en viktig motor i norsk omstilling, at fortsatt...
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This book focus on the connections between mining activities, knowledge politics and the valuation of landscape in selected case sites in Russia, Greenland and Norway. In our opinion, it fills a lacuna in the academic literature on mining activities in the north with its specific focus on the interrelated aspects of industrialized development and e...
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In 2012, the municipal council of the predominantly Sami community of Guovdageainnu (Kautokeino) rejected a proposal to reopen the Biedjovaggi gold mine. Through an analysis of interviews, conversations, media and relevant grey literature and official documents, this chapter investigates how the decision by the Guovdageainnu municipal council to re...
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This chapter investigates the process of opening the Nussir copper mine in Kvalsund, Finnmark County, Northern Norway, and the efforts that have been made to legitimize it locally. Particular attention is paid to the way both scientific and lay knowledge influence political decisions in relation to the recently approved mine, with a tailings deposi...
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This chapter seek to frame different relevant theoretical concepts that are currently used to shed light on the question of sustainable development as it relates to mining. It elaborates upon multiple conceptual and theoretical frameworks that are employed throughout the chapters in this volume, and the relationships between them. Our analysis of m...
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This book has investigated current and future mining projects in several communities in three arctic countries: Norway, Greenland and (Northwest) Russia. Complex processes related to planning and operating arctic mines are taking place at a time when low-carbon transitions are at the top of the political agenda. While there’s a need for minerals in...
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This volume is the main result from the project The Arctic as a Mining Frontier (ARCTICFRONT), financed by the Norwegian Research Council’s Miljø 2015 – programme. The project started in 2014, in a period where nations and investors look to the Arctic for resources and prosperity. The high prices on minerals made mining strategies pertinent and pro...
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During the usual rush of “Arctic” themed conferences in the fall of 2014, human security in the Arctic was on the agenda. The Transatlantic Science Week in Toronto, Canada, arranged a panel that looked at non-state security challenges in the Arctic, ranging from search and rescue issues to health, food, identity, and environmental security
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This paper explores how an analytical focus on the governing of resources and mentalities based on the Foucauldian notion of governmentality widens the understanding of political processes relating to the creation of a knowledge-based approach to potentially opening for petroleum extraction in Lofoten, Norway. As pressure intensifies for extractive...
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Based on over 60 interviews and fieldwork in Lofoten, Norway, over a five-year period (2008 – 2013), this paper argues that local identity is a ‘missing link’ with significant explanatory value when analyzing the contested matter of whether to open for oil drilling in this region. Through a Giddensian approach to ontological security, we identify a...
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This work evolves around three overarching political themes: the development of the fisheries in Norway, the Norwegian petroleum state, and how scientific knowledge production informs politics. All of these themes influence – and are influenced by – broader discussions concerning issues like sustainable development, climate change and resource mana...
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The Arctic Council is the most important institution for governing beyond the nation-states in the far north. It makes no legally binding decisions, but it influences policy in the Arctic with the basic knowledge that its working groups provide. It is especially successful in monitoring the environment. However, in the field of health management, w...

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Projects (6)
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The overarching aim of the project is to enable a sustainable adaptation to climate change of the nature based tourism industry in Norway.
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To map and identify barriers and opportunities in urban mining as an institution To analyse the implications of institutionalisation of urban mining to sustainable mineral use and the green shift To identify and describe factors that facilitate/halt the institutionalisation of urban mining.