Elisabeth Skarðhamar Olsen

Elisabeth Skarðhamar Olsen

PhD Candidate

  • Jónas Broncks gøta 25, 4th floor, FO-100 Tórshavn

    Faroe Islands


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Research interests

General: Sustainability, sustainable development, the political ecology of food, food & agricultural policy, food & identity construction, environmental conflicts, access & control of natural resources, environmentalism(s), the political ecology of housing, systems of discrimination, processes of marginalisation, global inequality, alternative & informal economies, degrowth, social movements, decolonisation, gender & the environment.  

Geographic focus & interest area: Faroe Islands, São Tomé and Príncipe, Ghana, Italy, the Nordic, the Arctic, West Africa, small islands, global and transnational civil society organisations/networks/movements.

PhD: I am currently committed to the writing-up of my PhD dissertation titled “Forking paths? Engaged research on food-political visions and changes in the Faroe Islands and in São Tomé and Príncipe”. Key words: food security, food sovereignty, traditional foods, alternative food networks, degrowth, regeneration, scales, inequality, futures, decolonisation, justice. Expected submission date: spring 2023.


Political ecology, globalisation, food geography, society & the environment, sustainability, degrowth, critical development studies, gender & intersectionality, participatory methodology, critical theory, feminist methodology, reflexivity, postcolonial theory, decolonisation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Lund University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2011

Bachelor, Roskilde University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2007

External positions

PhD Candidate, Lancaster University

1 Oct 2016 → …


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