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Kristin Fjæstad is a senior research fellow and leader of the research group on Russia, Asia and international trade.
From August 2020, Fjæstad has a post doc position in the LORAX project. In this project, she will work on questions about how and by whom the Caspian Sea is defined as a regional ecosystem.
Fjæstad holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews (2020). The PhD traces and examines Kazakhstan’s transition from a recipient to a donor of official development assistance and discusses this process through the prism of identity-building.
Fjæstad works predominantly on global development, development and foreign policy, as well as questions of identity, foreign policy and state formation in the former Soviet Union, in particular Central Asia.
2020 PhD, International Relations, University of St Andrews
2010 Master in development studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
2008 Bachelor in economics, the University of Oslo
2020 - Head of the Research group on Russia, Asia and international trade
2020 - Senior Research Fellow, NUPI
2013 - 2020 Research Fellow, NUPI
2011 - 2013 Junior Research Fellow, NUPI
2011 Teaching and Research Fellowship, the OSSE Academy in Bishkek
2010 - 2011 Internship/media consultant, International Media Support (IMS), Denmark and Kyrgyzstan
2008 Intern, the Embassy of Norway in Baku
Publications All publications
What Now, Russologists?Publication | 2022
Russia’s war against Ukraine has enormous consequences. First and foremost for Ukraine, but also for Russia and its neighboring states. The war has n1
Utfordrende kunnskapssamarbeid: Etiske og sikkerhetsrelaterte utfordringer som forskere og kunnskapsinstitusjoner i Norge møter i internasjonale sa...Publication | 2022
This report presents results from a study of ethical- and security-related challenges that researchers and research institutions in Norway face and h1
Russia and Europe in memory warsPublication : Report | 2020
Russia and Europe are in a state of memory war. How did this come about? Is there a way out of this situation? In order to answer these questions, th1
Generation Putin: Values, orientations and political participationPublication : Report | 2019
In spring 2017, many young Russians took to the streets of major cities like Moscow and St Petersburg in protest against the authorities. Since then,1
Russian Public Opinion and the Confrontation with the WestPublication : NUPI Working Paper | 2019
What do most Russians think about President Putin, the policies of the Kremlin and the West? Is Russia on the right track? How do Russians view the f1
Projects All projects
Network for Research on Knowledge Relations (KNOWREL)Research project | 2023 - 2024 (Ongoing)
KNOWREL aims to facilitate research on knowledge relations through establishing a scholarly network, starting with Nordic partners, and extending it to colleagues around the world. The conditions and ...
Utfordrende kunnskapssamarbeid: Etiske og sikkerhetsrelaterte utfordringer som forskere og kunnskapsinstitusjoner i Norge møter i internasjonale sa... (UTFORDRINGER)Research project | 2022 (Ongoing)
• The project studies ethical- and security-related challenges that researchers and research institutions in Norway face and handle in their international collaborations....
The Lorax Project: Understanding Ecosystemic Politics (LORAX)Research project | 2018 - 2023 (Ongoing)
Do regional politics around border-crossing ecosystems share important resemblances and differ in significant ways from global politics?...
Cooperation between the OSCE Academy and NUPIResearch project | 2019 - 2023 (Ongoing)
The project consists of a wide range of activities including capacity-building of the OSCE Academy as a regional meeting point for research and education, support for two MA programmes in Politics and...
Events All events
The Russia Conference 2022: The Russian economy, energy sector and climate change: What now?EventTue 15 Nov 2022Time: 09:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: The House of Literature in Oslo
At this year's Russia conference, we will take a closer look at the implications of the war in Ukraine for Russia's economy and energy sector.
Kazakhstan's Reforms during the Pandemic: Progress and ChallengesEventMon 14 Dec 2020Time: 14:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Webinar
Covid-19 has led to a global economic crisis, but how has the pandemic affected Kazakhstan and the other countries in Central Asia?
Articles All articles
Russia, Asia and International Trade3 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