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Rasmus Gjedssø BERTELSEN

The Arctic University of Norway (UiT): Consortium #5, WP2 LEADER

Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen is Professor of Northern Studies since 2014 and holds the Barents Chair in Politics at the Arctic University of Norway. For the 2020-21 academic year, he was invited by InsSciDE’s Coordinator Pascal Griset to serve as a visiting professor at Sirice.eu, a joint programme between Sorbonne University/University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and CNRS. In addition, he is an affiliate of the Public Diplomacy Collaborative at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a non-resident senior research fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (Stockholm). He holds a PhD. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. His postdoctoral research on the soft power of American and French universities in the Middle East was mentored by Joseph S. Nye, Jr., originator of the soft (and smart) power concept.

Following a research on the Arctic as new nexus between the eight Arctic states (CA, DK, FI, IS, NO, RU, SE, US) and Asian states (CN, IN, JP, KR, SG) in politics, economics, science and transnational relations, he started working on Sino Arctic science diplomacy for adapting the Arctic to power transition and integrating China in Arctic governance building trust and mitigating distrust through epistemic communities. He was a Danish Social Democratic Party constituency chairman and candidate for the European Parliament.

As WP leader, Bertelsen will perform and supervise theoretical research, organise a Local Network Presentation seminar and participate in the Project Management Board. He will direct and teach in the Future Leaders Forums training courses in WP1.

Featured: Short clip by Prof Bertelsen explaining the big idea behind the InsSciDE project - drawing on history to develop European science diplomacy theory and strategy. (Produced for Warsaw Science Diplomacy School of June 2020.)