Members of INREL


The research group is organized by Siv Ellen Kraft and Bjørn Ola Tafjord. In addition to its members at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, INREL has a wide network of international collaborators.

The INREL project funded by the Research Council of Norway (2015-2020) has consisted of a core group of seven senior researchers from universities in Norway, Scotland, and USA, and four PhD students.

The GOVMAT project funded by the Research Council of Norway (2020-2024) brings together fifteen senior scholars from universities in Norway, Scotland, Germany, and USA who do research in Brazil, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, Norway, Peru, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, and USA.



Siv Ellen Kraft

Professor, religionshistoriker
Campus Tromsø

Bjørn Ola Tafjord

Campus Tromsø

Liudmila Nikanorova

Universitetslektor i religionsvitenskap
Campus Tromsø

Astrid Hovden

Associate professor
Campus Tromsø

May-Lisbeth Brew

Stipendiat i religionsvitenskap
Campus Tromsø

Aheli Moitra

Doctoral research fellow in Religious Studies
Campus Tromsø

Breivika M024 A

Trude Fonneland

The Arctic University Museum of Norway
Campus Tromsø

Monica Grini

Associate professor II
Department of Language and Culture
Campus Tromsø

Brynhild Granås

Department of Social Sciences
Campus Alta

Kjersti Fjørtoft

Institute of philosophy and first semester studies
Campus Tromsø

Breiviklia N-111

Research areas:

Siv Ellen Kraft: Norway and Sápmi

Bjørn Ola Tafjord: Costa Rica

Astrid Hovden: Nepal

Liudmila Nikanorova: Russia (Sakha Republic)

Trude Fonneland: Norway and Sápmi

Monica Grini: Norway and Sápmi

Brynhild Granås: Norway and Sápmi

Kjersti Fjørtoft: Norway and Europe

Nils Oskal: Norway and Sápmi

May-Lisbeth Brew: Chile, Argentina and Europe

Helen Jennings: Canada (British Columbia)

Aheli Moitra: India (Nagaland)

The PhD students in the project participate in the  Research School Religion Values ​​Society (RVS) .


International core members of the INREL project


Afe Adogame

Professor of Christianity and Society
Princeton Theological Seminary
Research area: Nigeria and the Diaspora
(609) 430-2788

Arkotong Longkumer

Lecturer in Religious Studies
University of Edinburgh
Research area: India (Nagaland)

(410) 492-7095

Gregory D. Alles

Professor of Religious Studies
McDaniel College
Research area: India (Gujarat)
(410) 857-2460

Rosalind I J Hackett

Professor, Department of Religious Studies,
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Research Area: Nigeria and Ghana
(865) 974-2466

Greg Johnson

Professor of Religious Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Research Area: USA (Hawaii and the Midwest)
(303) 492-7095

External members of the INREL research group


Nils Oskal, Professor, Sámi University of Applied Sciences. Phone: (+47) 78 44 85 28 / E-mail: / Homepage:


Associate fellows

Jelena Porsanger, Head of Research and Curator, RiddoDuottarMuseat / The Sami Museum in Kárásjohka. Phone: (+47) 40 61 21 17 / E-mail: / Homepage:

Olle Sundström, Senior Lecturer, Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Umeå University. Phone: (+46) 90 786 76 27 / E-mail: / Homepage: sock / english / staff-directory? languageID = 1 & uid = olsu0001 

John Ødemark, Professor, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. Phone: (+47) 22 85 68 56 / E-mail: / Homepage:  http: //www.hf.

Helge Årsheim, PhD, independent researcher, and editor of Universitetsforlaget's open access catalogue. Phone: (+47) 41 47 29 11 / E-mail: / Homepage: