Thursday, 31 May 2018

NORPART application submitted

This morning we have submitted our NORPART application to Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in Education (SIU). Some 22 pages of application text. Siv Oltedal is prospective Project leader, with Angela Peña as Cuban Project leader and me among the Steering Committee members (totaling 5members).

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Green Economics Seminar attended at BI

Today I am attending the BI (Norwegian Business School) "Green Economics Seminar", the 5th of its kind, organized by BI´s Centre for Green Growth. Highlights: I´ve heard Jørgen Randers and Johan Rockström speak for the first time.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Supervisors meeting

Today I have spent most of the work day with Børge Baklien, supplementary supervisor, and Joakim Haaland, our PhD scholar, meeting up in Stavanger.

Nettop meeting

Today I attended a meeting at NettOp, the UiS unit for e-learning, in connection with our NORPART application work involving Cuba.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Methods meeting attended

Today I attended a meeting of a group at the Faculty of social sciences appointed to consider possibilities for mainstreaming or coordinating bachelor and master courses in theory of science and research methods.

NORPART application work and meeting

Today I have attended a meeting concerning our NORPART application (collaboration with University of Havana). The application is due this Thursday. I made some text work this weekend, more is to come the next few days.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Ulvetider on sale

Our book Ulvetider appears to be on sale. Today I happened to see it sold for 199 NOK at OBS, a Norwegian hypermarket. Searching online, I see it is also offered at a reduced price for online orders.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Goodbye party

Today I stopped by at the MFAMILY goodbye party at University of Stavanger along with my wife and three kids.

Final day of teaching for MFAMILY class

Today I have taught by moderating for 5 hours during our field visit summary in the "Welfare state and welfare policy" MA class, along with my colleague Svein Tuastad.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Two supervision sessions

This week I have had two supervision sessions, one master and one PhD level.

5 more hours moderated at final day at City Hall

Today I moderated a further 5 hours of discussion and interviews with politicians and policy makers at Stavanger City Hall with the MFAMILY class.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

ResearchGate project "Jakob von Uexküll"

Carlo Brentari has established a "project" on Jakob von Uexküll on ResearchGate, with me among the collaborators. I have added13 publications to the project.

3 more hours at Stavanger City Hall

Today I moderated another 3 hours of dialogue and interview with politicians at Stavanger City Hall with the MFAMILY class.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Three hours at Stavanger City Hall

Today I have moderated three hours of appointment with politicians at Stavanger City Hall involving international MFAMILY Erasmus Mundus students taking the course "Welfare state and welfare policy".

Monday, 21 May 2018

Council for animal ethics statement drafted

A couple of days ago I finished composing the draft of a statement by the Norwegian Council for animal ethics, ahead of the council´s meeting next Thursday. The topic for the statement is tagging of wild animals.

Title of presentation for June 5th talk at hunting-themes gathering

On June 5th at 14.30 to 15.15 I will be presenting the paper "Jakten på det gode liv - pågående endringer i natur- og menneskesyn" during the first gathering of the research network "Jakt i endring", in Oslo.

Friday, 18 May 2018

3 hours of MEM teaching

Today I taught for 3 hours for the MFAMILY MUNDUS class - introduction to field work at Stavanger City Hall next week. Two hours of introduction into the Norwegian political system, followed by an hour of student presentations based on preliminary research on Norwegian parties and social policies.

NASS board meeting

Today I attended and chaired this autumn´s board meeting in the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies (NASS). The main topic was organizational aspects of the upcoming NASS XI conference (a Call For Papers will appear in June).

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Back from Canada

Returned home from Canada today. Very much jetlagged.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Two more trips arranged

I have arranged travel and then some for two upcoming trips funded by YFF money - one to the Amazonas (through Manaus), and another one, a writing trip, to Tromsø. Both will take place this summer before I go for holiday (at home).

Monday, 14 May 2018

To write book review of Svendsen 2018

I have agreed to write a book review of Lars Svendsen´s Å forstå dyr [Understanding animals] for Norsk filosofisk tidsskrift - which is now an online only publication.

In Canada

I am currently in Montreal, Canada - I arrived yesterday - attending the OECD Social Policy Forum: with the theme "Social policy for shared properity: Embracing the future". There´s about 300 people here (scholars and policymakers), including ministers of social policy who will take part in tomorrow´s ministerial meeting.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Exam questions composed

Today I have composed exam questions for the continuation exam in Philosophy of science and health care ethics.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Google Scholar: 290 citations

According to Google Scholar (see my profile) my work has now been cited 290 times, including 16 times so far in 2018 publications. The total is up 6 since April 9th.

My h-index remains 8 and my h10-index 7.

Call: Posthumanities-PhD at UiS

Here is the call for applications for a posthumanities-themed PhD position at University of Stavanger (see also previous post),

PhD application evaluation committee

I have agreed to be a member of the evaluation committee for a PhD call related to Network for gender research at University of Stavanger. The PhD position will be working on a posthumanities theme.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018


Two supervision sessions this week - one MA, one BA (completing BA supervision this Spring).

Ex.phil. anthology text language-edited

I have just gone through a language-edited version of my preface, table of contents and introduction to Ex.phil. for sosialfag (2nd edition).

Evaluation meeting

Today I attended a meeting with colleagues that involved evaluation of this Spring´s supervision work in relation to bachelor thesis in child welfare and social work.

Monday, 7 May 2018

NASS XI meeting

Today I had a brief meeting with my Head of department concerning the 11th conference of the Nordic association for semiotic studies.

NORPART meeting

Today I took part in a meeting with some colleagues, including two administrative staff, concerning our NORPART application which is due by the end of this month.

Ex.Phil. anthology advertised online

I see that the edited anthology Ex.Phil. for sosialfag (second edition) is being advertised online, for a price of 649 NOK. It is expected in sale August 1st.

Friday, 4 May 2018

To attend 6th OECD World Forum

In late November, I will be attending the 6th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, with the theme "The future of Well-being", in South Korea.

CFP for JCSW special issue on Latin American and Nordic welfare

The call for papers for no. 1, 2019 of Journal for comparative social work has been announced on the journal homepage. I am guest-editing the special issue "Welfare in Latin America and the Nordic countries" along with Angela Peña, Sarah Hean and Siv Oltedal.


One supervision session today, the only one this week (master).

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Phenomenology workshop attended

Today I have attended (most of) a one-day workshop at UiS on applied phenomenology organised by Sarah Hean and held by Vanessa Heaslip of University of Bournemouth.

EMP151 presented at UiS EEA funding info day

I have just presented experience as Norwegian project leader for the Norwegian-Estonian research project "Animals in changing environments: Cultural mediation and semiotic analysis" at University of Stavanger´s EEA funding info day, organised by UiS´ Research and Innovation Department and International office. Some 35-40 people are attending.

See also EMP151 project summery at EEA Grants.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Oxford writing trip coming to an end

My first writing trip, to Oxford, is coming to an end - I will be heading home tomorrow morning. I have not done as much as I hoped, but I have nevertheless: Revised a jointly written article (see previous post); started on and developed a disposition for "The case for minimizing anthropogenic mortality in wildlife mortality", found key, updated sources for "Introducing a notion of accumulated GDP", brainstormed about (and hopefully operationalized) a later article on wasted and wasteful growth (GDP growth vs. human development), and cleared my head concerning realistic academic writing plans for the rest of the year.

"Ethics of laying hen genetics" article revised

The last few days I have edited/revised our joint article "The ethics of laying hen genetics", which I now consider to be at a stage of a full, complete draft.