Geir Hønneland

Research Professor (Part time)

Geir Hønneland is a part-time research professor at NUPI, where his primary area of work is ocean governance and international relations in the Arctic. His main work is as Senior Project Manager for Northern Europe and Russia for the certification company Lloyd’s Register, where he is involved in certification of fisheries against the standards of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Hønneland received his PhD in political science from the University of Oslo in 2000, with the dissertation Compliance in the Barents Sea Fisheries. He was awarded full professor competence in 2004 and has published extensively in the fields of ocean governance, Russian politics and identity, as well as East–West relations in the European North.

He was ranked as the most published researcher in the Norwegian institute sector, and the most published social scientist outside economics in Norwegian academia in general, in the period 2012–2016 ( He has published a number of books in English and Norwegian, of which several have appeared in new editions and been translated into other languages, like Russian and Chinese. Among his most important monographs are Borderland Russians: Identity, Narrative and International Relations (Palgrave, 2010), Making Fishery Agreements Work (Edward Elgar, 2012), Russia and the Arctic: Identity, Environment and Foreign Policy (I.B.Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2016), Arctic Euphoria and International High North Politics (Palgrave/Springer, 2017) and International Politics in the Arctic: Contested Borders, Natural Resources and Russian Foreign Policy (I.B.Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2017).

He has been affiliated with several universities and research institutes but has spent the largest part of his career at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), where he acted as Research Director (2006–2014), Deputy Director 2014–2015) and Director (2015–2019). During his director period, FNI was three years in a row awarded the Prospect Magazine Think Tank Award as the best European think tank on energy and environment.

Hønneland has held several positions in committees and programme boards at the Research Council of Norway. Since 2018, he is Chairman of the Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers Association.