Reference Group




This is the old website for Future Earth Norway, which was hosted by the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo from June 2015 to April 2017. 

As at May 2017, the secretariat is hosted by the  Research Council of Norway. The new website can be found here.


From June 2015 - 2017, Future Earth Norway was supported by a reference group made up of researchers and stakeholders with interest and expertise in promoting global change research for sustainability. The group served in an advisory capacity during the start-up phase of Future Earth Norway.

The reference group consisted of:

Glen Peters is a senior researcher at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO). He conducts research on human drivers of global change, emission scenarios, international trade and climate policy, consumption, emission metrics, carbon cycle, and too much more. He is a member of the scientific steering committee of the Global Carbon Project.


Alf Håkon Hoel is research director at the Institute of Marine Research, Tromsø, and a professor of political science. He has served on a number of national and international boards and delegations, including the Global Change Committeee in Norway and the International Human Dimensions Program. 


Eystein Jansen is professor in Earth Sciences at the University of Bergen/Bjerknes Centre for Climate research with specialization and an extensive publication record on climate changes of the past. He also holds an adjunct senior researcher position at Uni Research Climate. Jansen was the founding director of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and led the Centre until 2013. He was co-ordinating lead author in IPCC AR4 and Lead Author in IPCC AR5. He has served on the Steering and Executive Comittees of the International Marine Global Changes (1993-2005) and the Scientific Steering Comittee of the PAGES-IGBP (2003-2009) and is currently in the Executive Committee of ECRA (The European Climate Research Alliance). He is member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and Academia Europaea. His current research activity takes place as PI of a major ERC Synergy Grant concerning abrupt climate change and risks associated with sea ice, ice sheets and sea level. He also serves as co-ordinator for developing a transdisciplinary research agenda at the University of Bergen on climate and energy transformation.


Asun Lera St. Clair is senior principal scientist at the Climate Programme of DNV GL Strategic Research and Innovation. She has over 15 years of experience on solutions oriented research in the interface between poverty, development and climate change. Her work has contributed to the development of ISSC social science agenda for global change and ICSU science review of the SDGs.  She was Lead Author for IPCC AR5, and Scientific Director of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) under the International Social Science Council and professor at the University of Bergen. Asun has also served as an Associate to the Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS) project under the International Human Dimensions Programme for a number of years. Her current work focuses on private sector engagement for climate and sustainable development solutions, in particular on the co-production of climate services with the private sector, and on hybrid forms of climate governance where the private sector has a key role to play.

Contact: ; @asunstclair