Bjørnar Sverdrup-Thygeson is Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), specializing in Chinese foreign policy, Europe-China relations, and international relations theory. He holds a PhD from the LSE, after studies at Oxford and universities in Norway and China.
His research interests cover international relations theory, global history, and Chinese foreign policies of the past and present. He will be/is part of NUPIs research projects on foreign investments in Norway (COINS), infrastructure politics in Southeast Asia (ROADS) and Chinese diplomacy (ANGER), as well as contributing to the development of NUPIs research profile on China and Asia more broadly.
2014-2019 PhD in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science. Thseis: 'The Identity Factor in China-Europe Relations'
2013-2014 Language studies and research, Chinese Language Program, Sichuan University, Chengdu, PR China
2012-2013 MSc in Modern Chinese Studies, University of Oxford
2010-2012 MSc in International Relations, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
2011-2012 Chinese Language Program Exchange studies, fall semester. Tsinghua University, Beijing, PR China
2007-2010 BA in International Studies, University of Oslo
2021- Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of international Affairs
2019-2021 Senior Advisor, Norwegian Defence Establishment
2014-2019 Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of international Affairs
2014 Seminar leader and guest lecturer. Teaching at the MSc programme in International Relations. Courses EDS 302, 372, and 374. Norwegian University of Life Sciences
2015 Guest lecturer lecturing on China and identity politics, Bjørknes University College
2014 Course Coordinator and lecturer, responsible for the International Politics course of the International Summer School, University of Oslo
2011-2012 Intern, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
Publications All publications
Publication : Research paper | 2022
Amid growing concern about Chinese coercion, this article examines the extent to which Beijing has resorted to such measures in Scandinavia based on1
Publication : Chapter | 0
This chapter maps out the changing roles played by the United States, Russia and India as security actors in East Asia, and their influence on EU for1
Publication : Academic article | 2020
The debate in Norway regarding security concerns related to Chinese investments has seen a notable change in character over a short period of time. F1
Publication | 2018
If kinship matters as a foundational concept in international relations, and if kinship is a socially constituted concept, two key claims for which t1
Projects All projects
Research project | 2021 - 2024 (Ongoing)
Do liberal-democratic states yield to public criticism by China? ANGER approaches this question by focusing on China's use of "anger diplomacy" - public, vehement displays at the state ...
Research project | 2021 - 2022 (Ongoing)
China's utilisation of economic statecraft as a foreign policy tool challenges the accustomed distinction between Norwegian business policies, and Norwegian security policy. This opens for a nove...
Research project | 2015 - 2017 (Completed)
What roles can the Nordic countries play in China’s emerging European engagement?...
Research project | 2014 - 2016 (Completed)
The project "Developments in the Russian Far East" looks at Russian decision-making and international engagement around development of Russia’s Pacific coast....
Events All events
EventThu 1 Mar 2018Time: 14:15 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Amanda Cheney visits NUPI to talk about the term “rule based order” in the South China Sea.
EventMon 27 Nov 2017Time: 16:15 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
In cooperation with the Norwegian Network for Asian Studies, NUPI invites you to this talk on the ‘Doomsday Clock’ and the threat of a global nuclear war.
EventSun 26 Nov 2017Time: 14:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
China's president has now started his second term at power. What is the future outlook for the country's economy? And how does Japan perceive its neighbour?
EventMon 19 Sept 2016Time: 15:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
The launching of "Internasjonal Politikk" no. 3, focuses on the relationship between the Nordic countries and China.
EventSun 19 Apr 2015Time: 16:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
NUPI inviterer til seminar om asiatiske, særlig Kinas, perspektiver på utviklingen i det russiske fjerne østen.
Articles All articles
3 Jan 2022
What is the role of Russia, the Arctic and Asia in global politics? How are these societies developing? How do international trade, innovation and po1