Project Team

Antje Klitkou

Antje Klitkou Research Professor

NIFU

Role in SusValueWaste:
Project leader and co-leader of WP1

Expertise:
She has research interests in research and innovation policy in general and especially in sustainability transitions with focus on the bioeconomy and the energy and transport sector. Here she has been responsible for a number of research projects. She combines quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has authored a number of articles on innovation networks, science-industry collaboration, scientific and industrial specialisation, research and innovation policy, and on sustainability transition.

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Eric J. Iversen

Eric J. Iversen Senior Researcher

NIFU

Role in SusValueWaste:
Co-leader of WP1

Expertise:
Innovation and the economics of technological change. “Framework conditions” of technological change, with particular focus on intellectual property regimes and the standardization of network technologies, and their interaction in the contexts of innovation and innovation policy.

Simon Bolwig

Simon Bolwig Head of Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Technical University of Denmark

Role in SusValueWaste:
Head of WP2

Expertise:
Research on climate change mitigation, sustainable energy, agro-food, and rural development

Fulvio Castellacci

Fulvio Castellacci Director

Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo

Role in SusValueWaste:
Head of WP3

Expertise:
Fulvio Castellacci holds a PhD in Innovation Studies from the University of Oslo (2004) and a PhD in Economics from the University of Rome (2005). Before joining TIK, he has been Senior Research Fellow and Head of Department of International Economics at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Castellacci’s themes of research relate to the patterns and impacts of innovation at the firm- and industry level, and the relationships between innovation policies and economic performance. He is author of around 35 articles published in international peer-reviewed journals and two books.

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Pål Börjesson

Pål Börjesson Professor

Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University

Role in SusValueWaste:
Head of WP4, focus on environmental systems assessment in a life cycle perspective on potential and emerging OW value chains. Participant in WP 1, WP 5 and WP 6, covering the environmental sustainability aspects of the OW value chains.

Expertise:
Multidisciplinary systems studies of biomass-based energy and production systems including various sustainability criteria, such as energy and cost efficiency, carbon footprint, environmental performance etc. Important tools are life cycle assessment (LCA) and other broad, environmental systems approaches. The research include various biomass resources, such as organic waste, feedstock from agriculture and forestry etc, and the whole production system, from biomass feedstock production, via conversion into high value products and energy carriers, and final use of the products and energy carriers.

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Lisa Scordato

Lisa Scordato Senior Adviser / International Coordinator

NIFU

Role in SusValueWaste:
Research WP1 and co-leading WP5 on policy trends and regulations for the valorisation of bioresiduals.

Expertise:
Lisa Scordato has a MA in Political Science from the University of Linköping in Sweden and has ten years of experience within innovation, research and policy analysis. Her area of expertise is within cross-country comparative analyses of RTI-policy. Policy analysis, indicators and data collection are frequent tasks in her studies and projects.

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Markus M. Bugge

Markus M. Bugge Senior Researcher

NIFU

Role in SusValueWaste:
Co-leading WP5, involved in WP1 through the literature review of the state of the art in the scientific literature on the bioeconomy, and also in WP5 with a case study on innovation in urban waste management in the Oslo region

Expertise:

Markus’ main professional interest and expertise lies in understanding how modern economies and societies evolve through innovation and socio-technical change. Part of this ambition relates to seeing how processes of innovation and system change are situated geographically, as well as how institutions and policies may shape and support these.

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Espen Solberg

Espen Solberg Head of Research – Department for Studies in Research and Innovation

NIFU

Role in SusValueWaste:
Overall responsibility for communication and dissemination, part of WP5 on policy analysis

Expertise:
R&D and innovation policy studies, chief editor and coordinator of the annual Report on Science & Technology Indicators for Norway. National and comparative studies of research systems and R&D funding. Studies of skills and innovation

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Rannveig Røste

Rannveig Røste Researcher

NIFU

Role in SusValueWaste:
Involved in WP1

Expertise:
Rannveig Røste has worked as a researcher for over 10 years within the field of innovation and research policy. Her main topics are innovation in public services and sustainable transitions. She is about to finalise her PhD, where she is combining innovation theory with literature from political science in an effort to further the understanding of innovation in public services within the wicked problem context of sustainable transport. Røste is an expert in qualitative methods, in case studies and longitudinal studies.

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Dorothy Sutherland Olsen

Dorothy Sutherland Olsen Senior Researcher

NIFU

Role in SusValueWaste:
Responsible for promoting interdisciplinary cooperation within the project, facilitating good communication and leaning between researchers and non-researchers. Will also contribute to some case studies.

Expertise:
Research on adult learning in the workplace, the relationship between learning and innovation and the role of practice-based learning in the development of new technologies. PhD on interdisciplinary collaboration in research environments. Long experience of working as an analyst in knowledge intensive environments in business and industry.

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Linn M. Dybdahl

Linn M. Dybdahl Research assistant

NIFU

Role in SusValueWaste:
Communications and research assistance

Expertise:
Linn has a Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at NMBU where she specialised in sustainability, social entrepreneurship and CSR. Her master thesis was a case study of Norwegian fashion companies’ efforts to build sustainable business models. The thesis was part of the Bionær-research project “Enhancing local wool value chains in Norway” lead by SIFO. Prior to her Master degree, Linn worked as business developer in Connect and she also has several years of experience within the field of communication and PR.

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Michael Spjelkavik Mark

Michael Spjelkavik Mark Special Adviser

NIFU

Role in SusValueWaste:
Involved in case studies in WP2

Expertise:

Michael has a deep interest in the knowledge economy, and how it should be facilitated. He has conducted a series of quantitative impact measurement of public instruments with a focus on increasing innovation and value creation in business. Among other areas, he worked with analysing the sectors of Welfare Technology and Green Growth. Further, he had developed a global sustainability index ranking all nations according to their social, economic and environmental performances.

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Marco Capasso

Marco Capasso Senior Researcher

NIFU

Role in SusValueWaste:
Researcher, mainly involved in WP3

Expertise:

Marco Capasso holds a PhD in Economics and Management from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy). He has worked on industrial dynamics and economic geography at Utrecht University (the Netherlands), on economics of innovation at United Nations University and Maastricht University (the Netherlands), and on econometrics and economic policy at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

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Teis Hansen

Teis Hansen Associate Senior Lecturer

Department of Human Geography, Lund University & NIFU

Role in SusValueWaste:

WP1 & WP2

Expertise: 

Working within various areas of economic geography and innovation studies, Teis has a specific interest in innovation processes in the cleantech industry. His current research focuses on the importance of spatial aspects of innovation processes for sustainability transitions, as well as technology transfer from developed to emerging economies within the field of renewable energy. Teis is currently involved in a number of research projects that focus on green transitions in the Nordic countries within the fields of organic waste, transport and energy intensive industries.

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Olav Wicken

Olav Wicken Professor

Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo

Role in SusValueWaste:
WP5

Expertise:
Industrial dynamics, innovation and technology policy

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Arne Martin Fevolden

Arne Martin Fevolden Post-doctoral researcher / Senior Researcher

Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), University of Oslo / NIFU

Role in SusValueWaste:
Arne Martin Fevolden is involved in WP2 on urban sustainability, WP3 on modelling and WP5 on policy issues.

Expertise:
Arne Martin Fevolden holds a master degree (cand. polit) in Economic sociology and a Ph.D. (Dr. polit) in Innovation studies from the University of Oslo. Much of his research has been concerned with the information and communications industry, and the defence industry. His more recent research has looked at the development of e-learning and the renewable energy sector.

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Valentina Elena Tartiu

Valentina Elena Tartiu Postdoctoral Fellow

Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), University of Oslo

Role in SusValueWaste:
Postdoctoral Fellow involved in WP1, WP2 and WP3.

Expertise:
Valentina’s research interests focus on modelling of complex systems and sustainability issues, specifically around: sustainability transitions towards bioeconomy, networks and diffusion of innovations, bio-based industrial value chains, sustainable waste management (e.g. innovative valorisation technologies, zero waste), uncertainty in complex systems.

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Håkon Endresen Normann

Håkon Endresen Normann PhD Candidate

Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), University of Oslo

Role in SusValueWaste:
Researcher involved in WP3.

Expertise:
Håkon recently submitted his doctoral thesis in innovation studies at the TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo. He holds an MA in innovation studies from the same institution. His research focuses on the political conditions for energy and climate policies. Research interests also include the role of incumbents in energy transitions, resource transfer, and the interplay between the oil and gas industry, carbon capture and storage, and offshore wind.

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Julia Szulecka

Julia Szulecka Postdoctoral fellow

Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), University of Oslo

Role in SusValueWaste:
Post doc in WP5.

Expertise:
Julia has an MSc in Political Science from VU Amsterdam and a PhD in Forestry from the Dresden University of Technology and the University of Padova. Apart from the academia, she has also been working in environmental NGOs. She conducts research in forest policy at local, national and global levels, and has worked on forestry innovation in the global South (out-grower schemes), based on field research in Paraguay and Indonesia.

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Anne Tanner

Anne Tanner Assistant professor

Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

Role in SusValueWaste:

WP2

Expertise: 

Tanner works in the fields of economic geography and innovation studies. Her research centers on emerging industries, regional knowledge dynamics and a transition to a circular bioeconomy. She likes to understand the development of new economic activities, for example when regions diversify into new industries or industries and firms renew themselves.

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Jay Sterling Gregg

Jay Sterling Gregg Senior Researcher

Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

Role in SusValueWaste:
Researcher WP2

Expertise:

Jay Gregg has researched a wide range of topics within global climate change and sustatinable development, including land use, bioenergy, biogeochemical cycles, forest management, waste-to-energy, and sustainability. In previous research, JG was involved in estimating the regional and global potential for agricultural residue harvest, including the ecological effect of different harvest rates. He has also conducted value chain analyses of emerging regional markets within the global bioeconomy.

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Johanna Olofsson

Johanna Olofsson PhD candidate

Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University

Role in SusValueWaste:
Participating mainly in WP4 with environmental sustainability assessment and LCA of project cases.

Expertise:
Area of research is environmental assessment and specifically LCA of bio-based products and energy carriers. Special focus is on efficient and sustainable use of residual organic materials from industries.

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Marianne Rist-Larsen Reime

Marianne Rist-Larsen Reime Project Manager

OREEC

Role in SusValueWaste:
Involved in WP1 with responsibility for a Foresight study and a Report on visions for a circular bioeconomy in Scandinavia. The activities are particularly connected to WP5.

Expertise:
Marianne is experienced as a project manager for several regional and international innovation projects, with the waste management sector as a focus area. She was previously working in the Municipality of Oslo, the department of waste management, involved in communication projects on source separation of household waste. Marianne holds an MA from the Center for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo, where she did her thesis on collaborative innovation in a Norwegian cluster focused on clean water treatment.

Alexandra Maria Almasi

Alexandra Maria Almasi Project Manager

OREEC

Role in SusValueWaste:
contribute to the implementation of two major tasks in WP1; report on visions for circular bioeconomy in Scandinavia (with focus on Denmark); and the foresight study .

Expertise:
MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability Science from Aalborg University in Denmark; Alexandra has been involved in many international research & innovation projects related to waste management, where her tasks varied from qualitative and quantitative analysis to organisation of workshops and seminars on different themes involving the triple helix.

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Andreas Brekke

Andreas Brekke Senior Research Scientist

Ostfold Research

Role in SusValueWaste:
Researcher, mainly involved in WP4 (“Sustainability of OW value chains”) but will be participating in other WPs as well, particularly in cases performed in WP2.

Expertise:
Andreas has worked with life cycle assessment for more than 16 years, has a PhD in economics related to how networks of actors can create value and have specifically worked with several projects on biomass and use of residuals.

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Kari-Anne Lyng

Kari-Anne Lyng Research

Ostfold Research

Role in SusValueWaste:
Project participant WP 4

Expertise:
Kari-Anne has a background as a mechanical engineer and work as a research scientist at Ostfold Research, specialising in documenting the environmental impacts of value chains through life cycle assessment (LCA). Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), looking at biogas production from an environmental and economic perspective, to contribute to improving the value chains and the regulatory system for biogas production in Norway.

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Simon A. Saxegård

Simon A. Saxegård Research Scientist

Ostfold Research

Role in SusValueWaste:
Researcher WP4

Expertise:
Identifying human made environmental problems, quantifying the impacts and finding the most environmentally and economically efficient solutions to solve the problem

Bjørn R. Langerud

Bjørn R. Langerud Senior Scientist

NIBIO

Role in SusValueWaste:
Quality evaluations of forestry aspects within WP1, WP2, WP4, WP5 and WP6.

Expertise:
Basic scientific expertise: forest ecology. Applied to SusValueWaste-activities: forest related value chains – resources and processes

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