Elana Wilson Rowe
Dr Elana Wilson Rowe is research professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. Wilson Rowe’s research and expertise areas include governance of nature and changing power relations in the Anthropocene, Arctic and ocean governance and geopolitics, and Russian climate and Arctic policymaking. Her publications explore how the interplay of diplomatic practices, security rivalries and expert/environmental knowledge shape outcomes and understandings in regional and global policy fields.
She is the author of Russian Climate Politics: When Science Meets Policy (Palgrave, 2013) and Arctic Governance: Power in cross-border relations (University of Manchester, 2018). She was a member of Norway’s committee establishing research priorities for the UN Ocean Decade. She holds a BA in Russian and Geography from Middlebury College (USA) and an MPhil and PhD in Geography/Polar Studies from the University of Cambridge (2006). More publications and links can be found on Google Scholar.
Wilson Rowe is PI of and leads a 5- year major grant from the European Research Council (#80335, read more about the Lorax project here or on Twitter with #loraxprojectERC). The aim of this project is to understand the broader regional and global repercussions of governance efforts anchored in sub-global ‘ecosystems’ or ‘ecoregions’ (as identified by adjacent actors) and how the power relations enacted around ecosystems shape regional and global ordering. The project has some global review elements and focuses on three key cases: the Arctic, the Amazon and the Caspian Sea. Wilson Rowe has also led projects funded by the Norwegian Research Council, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Ministry of Defence.
2002-2006 D. Phil., human geography, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
2001-2002 M. Phil., human geography, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
1997-2001 B.A., Geography/Russian, Middlebury College, Vermont, USA
2006- Senior Research Fellow/Research Professor, NUPI
2006- Senior research fellow, NUPI 2010- Adjunct Professor at Nord University
2002-2006 Teaching Assistant/Supervisor, Geography Department, University of Cambridge
Publications All publications
Publication | 2023
This brief essay is part of a book forum on Matt McDonald's book (2021) presenting the idea of ecological security. In the essay, I reflect on1
Publication | 2023
This article argues that, to grasp how global ordering will be impacted by planetary-level changes, we need to systematically attend to the question1
Publication : Report | 2023
Russia’s re-invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has had immediate and ongoing effects for Arctic security and cooperative governance at both a regio1
Publication | 2022
The Anthropocene has given rise to growing efforts to govern the world’s ecosystems. There is a hitch, however, ecosystems do not respect sovereign b1
Publication : Report | 2020
Background Paper for the Arctic Security Roundtable at the Munich Security Conference 2020
Projects All projects
Research project | 2022 - 2025 (Ongoing)
Russia’s reinvasion of Ukraine in 2022 precipitated a challenging new chapter for Arctic political and security dynamics. Going forward, security and governance developments in the region will continu...
Research project | 2020 - 2023 (Ongoing)
This roundtable is organized by the MSC in cooperation with NUPI and Wilson Centre....
Research project | 2018 - 2023 (Ongoing)
Do regional politics around border-crossing ecosystems share important resemblances and differ in significant ways from global politics?...
Research project | 2018 - 2021 (Completed)
The International Panel on Arctic Environmental Responsibility is an independent and free-standing body tasked with assessing the environmental status of oil, gas, and mining companies in the Arctic....
Research project | 2018 - 2022 (Ongoing)
The Market for Anarchy project seeks to better understand how state behaviour is shaped by assessments of and responses to different types of risks. ...
Events All events
Are we making progress on reducing Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing? Challenges and MeasuresEventWed 27 Apr 2022Time: 16:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: C.J. Hambrosplass 2 D / Livestream to Facebook and Youtube
This seminar seeks to take stock of the progress made by states, regional organizations, and their international partners in reducing IUU fishing, discuss the most successful measures available so far, and reflect on the main challenges of such an endeavour and what can be done differently.
EventMon 17 Jun 2019Time: 08:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
How can we ensure that the oceans are governed in a secure and sustainable way? How can coastal states like Norway use the oceans to increase their economic growth? Welcome to this seminar and launch of NUPI’s new Center for Ocean Governance.
Theory seminar: Science, technology, and ideas of expansive territorial sovereignty in Western international relationsEventWed 31 Jan 2018Time: 14:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Justiina Dahl visits NUPI to talk about what failed attempts to settle the Arctic can tell us about norm development in the international system
EventTue 3 Nov 2015Time: 10:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Communities and governments hold diverse expectations regarding corporate social responsibility (CSR) for Arctic oil and gas. This seminar features two presentations adrressing this topic.
EventTue 4 Dec 2012Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Litteraturhuset, Henrik Wergeland-salen
How has Norway's policy towards Russia developed over the last 20 year? Is it governed by interests, values or both? And how successful is our Russia policy?
Articles All articles
17 Feb 2023
How to address Arctic security and governance issues in a region marked by climate change and geopolitical challenges?
Call for papers for a panel at the European International Studies Association Pan-European Conference (EISAPEC 2022)10 Feb 2022
Want to submit a paper for EISCAPEC 2022? Now is your chance.
19 Aug 2021
Do these efforts to govern border-crossing ecosystems have unique effects that matter for global politics more generally?
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
3 Jan 2022
The Ministry of Education and Research has appointed the NUPI board for the period 2022 - 2025