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I am a Human Ecologist and Geographer currently committed to writing-up my PhD dissertation at Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University (UK). During my writing-up stage I am a visiting researcher at the Faculty of History and Social Sciences at the University of the Faroe Islands where one of my supervisors is employed.
The title of my PhD project is “Forking paths? Engaged research on food-political visions and changes in the Faroe Islands and in São Tomé and Príncipe”. The aim of the project is to support local food-political visions and initiatives in two small island countries (respectively São Tomé e Princípe and Faroe Islands) by engaging practically with small-scale food producers and food activists, while theoretically exploring connections between these very unique island societies and contextualising them in relation to global environmental challenges, political-economic dynamics, historical colonialism and contemporary food political discourses/agendas on food security and food sovereignty.
Olsen ES and Whittle, R. (2019). Transcending binaries: a participatory political ecology of the Faroese foodscape. Nordia Geographical Publications 47(5), 55-73.
Olsen, ES, Orefice, M and Pietrangeli, G. (2018). “From the ‘Right to the City’ to the ‘Right to Metabolism’” in Nelson, A & Schneider, F. Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities, Routledge (Environmental Humanities series).
Bogadóttir, R and Olsen, ES. (2017). Making degrowth locally meaningful: The case of the Faroese grindadráp, Journal of Political Ecology 24, 504-518.
Themes: Food & Agricultural Policy | The Political Ecology of Food | Environmental Conflicts | Access & Control of Natural Resources | Sustainability Discourses | Environmentalism(s) | Housing & Livelihoods | Systems of Discrimination, Marginalisation & Privilege | Racism & Whiteness | Socio-ecological Inequality | Alternative & Informal Economies | Research for Degrowth/Postgrowth | Climate Justice | Social Movements | Gender & the Environment | Science, Knowledge & Power | Decolonisation & Postcolonial/Decolonial Research.
Geographic focus: Faroe Islands | São Tomé and Príncipe | Ghana | Italy | The Arctic | West Africa | Small Islands | International/Transnational Civil Society |
Political Ecology | Global Inequality | Food Geography | Society & the Environment | Sustainability & Sustainable Development | Degrowth/Postgrowth | Critical Development Studies | Intersectionality | Feminist Economics | Participatory Methodologies | Critical Theory | Feminist Methodologies | Researcher Reflexivity | Decolonisation & Postcolonial Theory.
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):
Master, Human Ecology: Culture, Power, Sustainability, Lund University
Award Date: 1 Jun 2011
Bachelor, International Humanities, Roskilde University
Award Date: 1 Jun 2007
PhD Candidate, Lancaster University
Oct 2016 → …
Programme Manager of the study abroad programme Global Environmental Studies, Cultural Studies (Kulturstudier)
Apr 2016 → Jun 2018
Seminar Leader on the study abroad programme Global Environmental Studies, Cultural Studies (Kulturstudier)
Jun 2013 → Jan 2015
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Forking paths? Engaged research on food-political visions and changes in the Faroe Islands and in São Tomé and Príncipe
1/10/16 → 1/05/23
Hayfield, E. A., Gaini, F., Olsen, E. S., Djurhuus, J. & Nolsøe, K. D., 28 Aug 2023, Tórshavn: Søgu- og samfelagsdeildin, Fróðskaparsetur Føroya. 28 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportFile7 Downloads (Pure)
What can ancient communal hunting practices teach us about sustainability? The case of the Faroese grindadrápOlsen, E. S., 9 Oct 2022
Research output: Non-textual form › Digital or Visual Products
Olsen, E. S. & Whittle, R. K., 2019, In: Nordia Geographical Publications. 47, 5, p. 55-73 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Downloads (Pure)
Olsen, E. S., Orefice, M. & Pietrangeli, G., 2018, Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities. Nelson, A. & Schneider, F. (eds.). Routledge, p. 33-43 11 p. (Envirnmental Humanities).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review7 Citations (Scopus)
Olsen, E. S., Apr 2017, Farming Matters, 33, 1, p. 18 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › ArticleOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)
Hvad kan vi lære af lokale madkulturelle praksisser? Refleksioner om selvforsyning og adgang til mad fra Færøerne
Elisabeth Skarðhamar Olsen (Speaker)7 Feb 2023
Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation
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