Bilde av Wickson, Fern
Bilde av Wickson, Fern
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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

  • Tanguy Sandré, Jean-Paul Vanderlinden, Jeanne-Marie Gherardi Scao, Fern Elizabeth Wickson, Z Zhu :
    Addressing epistemic injustices in species at risk assessments through improved credibility and legitimacy: case study of narwhal management in Ittoqqortoormiit
    NAMMCO scientific publications 2024 DOI
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fern Wickson, Frøydis Gillund, Anne Ingeborg Myhr :
    Treating nanoparticles with precaution: recognising qualitative uncertainty in scientific risk assessment
    Jenny Stanford Publishing 2010 DATA / 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
  • Kamilla Kjølberg, Fern Wickson :
    Nano Meets Macro: Social perspectives on Nanoscale Sciences and Technologogies
  • Kamilla Kjølberg, Fern Wickson :
    Nano meets Macro: Social Perspectives on Nanoscale Sciences and Technologies
    Jenny Stanford Publishing 2010
  • Anna Wargelius, Muath K Alsheikh, Espen Gamlund, Camilla Tøndel, Aina Bartmann, Arne Holst-Jensen et al.:
    Genteknologi i en bærekraftig fremtid
    2023 FULLTEKST
  • 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
  • Odd-Gunnar Wikmark, Anne Ingeborg Myhr, Fern Wickson :
    Genteknologiloven og genredigering: Ja takk, begge deler.
    Nationen 27. July 2018
  • Fern Wickson :
    Forgotten Stories of Frozen Seeds
    Forgotten Stories of Frozen Seeds 2018
  • Tucker Prescott, Fern Wickson :
  • Fern Wickson :
    Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Forgotten Stories of Frozen Seeds:
  • Mary-Kathryn Craft, Fern Wickson :
    Sowing Art and Science
  • Clare Robinson, Fern Wickson :
    GM genes are still getting into native Mexican maize
  • 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
  • Fern Wickson :
    Should genetically modified organisms be part of our conservation efforts?
    The Conversation 2016
  • Fern Wickson :
    Cultivating the New Garden of Eden
  • 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
  • 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 :
  • Fern Wickson, Kamilla Kjølberg :
    Introduction: Science and Society
    Jenny Stanford Publishing 2010

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    Research interests

    Sustainable and resilient food systems

    Environmental governance of emerging technologies

    Responsible research and innovation

    Theory and practice of cross-disciplinary research



    Ecological leadership

    Critical global challenges

    Environmental ethics

    Sustainability & resilience

    Transformative change