Tora Berge Naterstad


Tora Berge Naterstad is a Researcher in NUPI’s Research Group on Russia, Asia and International Trade. Naterstad mainly works on the projects Values-based regime legitimation in Russia (LegitRuss), Dynamics of de facto state patron-client relations (DeFacto), and the Russia Network (RUSSNETT). She previously worked as a research assistant at The Lorax Project: Understanding Ecosystemic Politics (LORAX). 

Naterstad holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo. Her master’s thesis, Russian Nation Building and the Biopolitics of Defending Tradition, 2012-2021, explores how nation, body, values, and power are connected in Putin’s Russia.  

Naterstad’s bachelor’s degree is in International Studies from the University of Oslo and SOAS University of London, and she has studied Russian language and society in Oslo and at Moscow Higher School of Economics. Her research interests include nationalism and politics in Russia, critical security studies, body politics, philosophy of science, and the role of identity in international relations. 


2018 - 2021 MA in Political Science, University of Oslo

2016 - 2018 Russian and Russia studies, University of Oslo and Moscow Higher School of Economics

2013 - 2016 BA in International Studies, University of Oslo


2022 -           Researcher, NUPI  

2020-2022  Research Assistant/Junior Research Fellow, NUPI

2021-           Lecturer, International Studies, University of Oslo

2020            NUPI Graduate Research Fellow

2020 -          Project assistant, University of Oslo

2020            Seminar teacher, Introduction to IR, University of Oslo

2020            Seminar teacher in International Environmental- and Resource Politics, University of Oslo

2018-2019  Seminar teacher in International Security Policy, University of Oslo

2019             Trainee, The Norwegian embassy in Moscow

2016 - 2017 HR administrator, Save the Children Norway

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