Bilde av Wickson, Fern
Bilde av Wickson, Fern
The Norwegian College of Fishery Science fern.wickson@uit.no +4777646570 Tromsø NFH D 351

Fern Wickson


Professor of Ocean Leadership

Job description

I am a cross-disciplinary scholar, facilitator and knowledge broker whose work focuses on human-nature relations and the interactions between science, ethics and politics in environmental decision-making.

I am truly awed by the spectacular array of biological and cultural diversity on this precious planet and have dedicated myself to finding ways to care for our collective co-arising in ways that allow all lifeforms to flourish. I adamantly believe that sustainability and resilience require weaving the threads of disciplinary and experiential knowledges together as we work to craft caring ways to be in partnership with the world.

I have a background in ecology and political science, with a BA/BSc from the Australian National University, an Honours degree in Environmental Politics from the University of Tasmania, and a PhD on Environmental Governance awarded by both the natural and social science faculties at the University of Wollongong.

I have worked as an environmental activist, an academic researcher, and an intergovernmental advisor. I have campaigned against the logging of old growth forests, sought solutions for nature-friendly food systems, researched responsible regulation of bio- and nano-technologies, and provided advice on how many whales and seals may be sustainably harvested.  

Currently, I am coordinating the development of a new experience-based Masters program in Ocean Leadership at UiT the Artic University of Norway. I am also a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPBES Transformative Change Assessment, a member of the Norwegian public committee on genetic technologies (NoU Utvalget Genteknologi), faculty member for Homeward Bound (a global leadership initiative for women in STEMM), and owner/operator of The Peaceful Wild studio for yoga and meditation.

More details on my research, publications, lectures, national and international committee work, and CV can be found on my website www.fernwickson.com


  • Sophie Smout, Kimberly Murray, Geert Aarts, Martin Biuw, Sophie Brasseur, Alejandro Buren et al.:
    Report of the NAMMCO-ICES Workshop on Seal Modelling (WKSEALS 2020)
    NAMMCO scientific publications 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, Fern Wickson :
    Gender and Intersectional Approaches to Security in the Arctic
    Routledge 2020
  • Fern Wickson, Ellen-Marie Forsberg :
    Standardising Responsibility? The Significance of Interstitial Spaces.
    Rowman & Littlefield International 2019 DOI
  • Flor Rivera López, Fern Wickson, Vera Helene Hausner :
    Bridging different perspectives for biocultural conservation: art-based participatory research on native maize conservation in two indigenous farming communities in Oaxaca, Mexico
    Environment, Development and Sustainability 2019 ARKIV / DOI
  • Enzo Lombi, Erica Donner, Maria Dusinska, Fern Wickson :
    A One Health approach to managing the applications and implications of nanotechnologies in agriculture
    Nature Nanotechnology 2019 DOI
  • Trine Antonsen, Erik Lundestad, Fern Wickson :
    The rewriting of human/nature relations through genome editing
    Wageningen Academic Publishers 2019 DOI
  • Flor Rivera López, Fern Wickson, Vera Helene Hausner :
    Finding CreativeVoice: Applying Arts-based Research in the Context of Biodiversity Conservation
    Sustainability 2018 ARKIV / DOI
  • Unai Pascual, Patricia Balvanera, Sandra Díaz, György Pataki, Eva Roth, Marie Stenseke et al.:
    Valuing nature's contributions to people: the IPBES approach
    Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2017 DOI
  • Sarah Agapito Tenfen, Fern Wickson :
    Challenges for transgene detection in landraces and wild relatives: learning from 15 years of debate over GM maize in Mexico
    Biodiversity and Conservation 2017 DOI
  • Sarah Agapito Tenfen, Flor Rivera Lopez, N. Mallah, G. Abou-Slemayne, M. Trtikova, R.O. Nodari et al.:
    Transgene flow in Mexican maize revisited: Socio-biological analysis across two contrasting farmer communities and seed management systems
    Ecology and Evolution 2017
  • Fern Wickson :
    Do We Care About Synbiodiversity? Questions arising from an investigation into whether there are GM crops in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
    Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 2016 DOI
  • Daniel Ferreira Holderbaum, Marek Cuhra, Fern Wickson, Afonso Inácio Orth, Rubens Onofre Nodari, Thomas Bøhn :
    Chronic Responses of Daphnia magna under Dietary Exposure to Leaves of a Transgenic (Event MON810) Bt-Maize Hybrid and its Conventional Near-Isoline
    Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A 2015 ARKIV / DOI
  • Fern Wickson, Ellen-Marie Forsberg :
    Standardising Responsibility? The Significance of Interstitial Spaces
    Science and Engineering Ethics 2014 DOI
  • Fern Wickson, Roger Strand, Kamilla Lein Kjølberg :
    The walkshop approach to science and technology Ethics
    Science and Engineering Ethics 06. February 2014 DOI
  • Fern Wickson, Thomas Bøhn, Brian Wynne, Angelika Hilbeck, Silvio Oscar Funtowicz :
    Science based risk assessment requires careful evaluation of all studies
    Nature Biotechnology 2013 DOI
  • Fern Wickson, Brian Wynne :
    Ethics of Science for Policy in the Environmental Governance of Biotechnology: MON810 Maize in Europe
    Ethics, Policy & Environment 2012 DOI
  • Rasmus Tore Slaattelid, Fern Wickson :
    Imag(in)ing the Nano-scale: Introduction Nanoethics (2011) 5:159-163
    NanoEthics 2011 DOI
  • Fern Wickson, Ana Delgado, Kamilla Kjølberg :
    Public engagement coming of age: From theory to practice in STS encounters with nanotechnology
    Public Understanding of Science 2011 DOI
  • Ana Maria Delgado Aleman, Kamilla Kjølberg, Fern Wickson :
    Public engagement coming of age: From theory to practice in STS encounters with nanotechnology
    Public Understanding of Science 2011 DOI
  • Anna L. Carew, Fern Wickson :
    The TD Wheel: A heuristic to shape, support and evaluate transdisciplinary research
    Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies 2010 DOI
  • Fern Wickson, Ana Delgado, Kamilla Kjølberg :
    Who or What is 'The Public'?
    Nature Nanotechnology 2010
  • Kamilla Kjølberg, Fern Wickson :
    Nano Meets Macro: Social perspectives on Nanoscale Sciences and Technologogies
    2010
  • Maya Marshak, Fern Wickson, Amaranta Herrero, Rachel Wynberg :
    Losing practices, relationships and agency: ecological deskilling as a consequence of the uptake of modern seed varieties among South African Smallholders
    Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 2021 DOI
  • Fern Wickson :
    Forgotten Stories of Frozen Seeds
    Forgotten Stories of Frozen Seeds 2018
  • Tucker Prescott, Fern Wickson :
    Offerings
    2018
  • Fern Wickson :
    Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Forgotten Stories of Frozen Seeds:
    2018
  • Mary-Kathryn Craft, Fern Wickson :
    Sowing Art and Science
    2018
  • Odd-Gunnar Wikmark, Anne Ingeborg Myhr, Fern Wickson :
    Genteknologiloven og genredigering: Ja takk, begge deler.
    Nationen 27. July 2018
  • Clare Robinson, Fern Wickson :
    GM genes are still getting into native Mexican maize
    2017
  • Fern Wickson :
    The role of the Svalbard Seed Vault in biodiversity conservation
    Frosne Sanger 2017
  • Flor Rivera Lopez, Fern Wickson, Vera Helene Hausner :
    Finding CreativeVoice: Applying arts-based research for agrobiodiversity conservation
    2017
  • Fern Wickson :
    Should genetically modified organisms be part of our conservation efforts?
    The Conversation 2016
  • Fern Wickson :
    Cultivating the New Garden of Eden
    2016
  • Fern Wickson :
    Is there a place for GMOs in the Noah's Ark for Seeds?
    Article Biennial: Art Science Cocktails 2016
  • Fern Wickson :
    Synthetic Biology and Synbiodiversity: How New Biotechnologies are Raising New Philosophical Questions for Biodiversity Conservation
    2016
  • Fern Wickson, Thomas Bøhn, Brian Wynne, Angelika Hilbeck, Silvio Oscar Funtowicz :
    Science-based risk assessment requires careful evaluation of all studies
    Nature Biotechnology 2013 ARKIV / DOI
  • Fern Wickson :
    Standards: recipes for reality (infrastructures) by Lawrence Busch MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2011, 384 pages, US$24.70, £23.70, ISBN 9780262016384
    Science and Public Policy 2013
  • Fern Wickson :
    Scientists and the regulation of risk: standardising control. By David Demortain, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 2011, 288 pages, £75.00 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-84980-943-6
    Science and Public Policy 2013
  • Fern Wickson :
    New modes of thought required for the Age of Ecology: Plato’s revenge: politics in the age of ecology, by William Ophuls. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2011, 193 pages, US$27.95, £19.95 (hardback), ISBN 978-0-262-01590-5
    Science and Public Policy 2013 DOI
  • Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Harald Throne-Holst, Fern Wickson :
    Verdens minste problem
    Klassekampen 16. March 2013
  • Brian Wynne, Fern Wickson :
    Response to "The anglerfish deception" Reply
    EMBO Reports 2012 DOI
  • Fern Wickson, Brian Wynne :
    Reply to J.N. Perry et al
    EMBO Reports 2012
  • Fern Wickson, Brian Wynne :
    The anglerfish deception The light of proposed reform in the regulation of GM crops hides underlying problems in EU science and governance
    EMBO Reports 2012 DOI
  • Fern Wickson :
    The Scientific Revolution
    IEEE technology & society magazine 2012 DOI
  • Fern Wickson :
    Nanomaterials need flexible regulation
    Nature 2011
  • Fern Wickson, Kamilla Kjølberg :
    Introduction: Science and Society
    Jenny Stanford Publishing 2010
  • Fern Wickson, Kamilla Kjølberg :
    Introduction
    2010
  • Fern Wickson, Kamilla Kjølberg, Ana Maria Delgado Aleman :
    "Why Public is a Problem and not a Solution"
    2010
  • Fern Wickson, Ana Maria Delgado Aleman, Kamilla Kjølberg :
    Who or what is the public?
    Nature Nanotechnology 2010 DOI
  • Fern Wickson :
    Mosquitoes: just how much biodiversity does humanity need?
    Nature 2010 DOI

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    Publications outside Cristin

    Publications available at www.fernwickson.com


    Research interests

    Sustainable and resilient food systems

    Environmental governance of emerging technologies

    Responsible research and innovation

    Theory and practice of cross-disciplinary research

     

    Teaching

    Ecological leadership

    Critical global challenges

    Environmental ethics

    Sustainability & resilience

    Transformative change


    Member of research group