and why did they become natural resource economists:

Ola in Tanzania
Title: Professor
Telephone: +47 776 45544
Going back to my roots: I became an economist initially because I wanted to work as a high school teacher with special expertise, but started my career with administrative work in the public sector. I grew up in a fishing community in Northern Norway and my family was involved in the fishing industry. This, in combination with an economic degree from the University of Oslo and practical knowledge from fisheries and coastal life, was ideal for my work at the Norwegian College of Fishery Science, University of Tromsø, where I started in 1979. During the years I have had great and interesting stays abroad in Canada (University of British Columbia), England (University of Portsmouth) and France (OECD, Paris where I headed the bureau of fisheries for three years). 


Claire explains management decisions in the North-East Arctic cod fishery.

Claire Armstrong 

Title: Professor
Telephone: +47 776 45574
Understanding the world: When I studied Fisheries Science I was fascinated by the way bio-economics combines human behaviour and ecology, in a truly multidisciplinary way. It seemed to explain so many things about what we see going on around us in natural environments. I realised I needed to study more economics in order to understand the behavioural issues, and in the pursuit of this I ended up becoming a natural resource economist.


Margrethe calculates the value of cold water corals.

Margrethe Aanesen

Title: Professor
Telephone: +47 776 44472
Pure coincidence that I became a researcher/scientist. I wanted to live in Tromsø because of the snow, and was offered a job in applied research at FORUT (The research institution at University of Tromsø). My dream was to become a civil servant, but I don’t regret becoming a scientist. I enjoy providing knowledge about relevant questions for our society, such as: what is it worth for people to protect cold water coral reefs? Which aspects of fisheries management, are most important: ecological, economic or social aspects?


Arne tests his model's predictions from his fishing boat.

Arne Eide (leader)

Title: Professor
Telephone: +47 776 45583
No conscious decision: I wanted to write a master thesis about the relationship between the cod and the shrimp fisheries, a dynamic population model with bio-economic analysis. I initially had two supervisors: one biologist and one economist, but was told I could only have one. So I chose Ola Flaaten and that sealed my destiny.


Eivind ice fishing at "the secret lake".

Eivind Hestvik Brækkan

Title: Associate professor

Telephone: +47 776 46024
Room: A-288
Understanding human behaviour: I have always wanted to understand human behavior, and why some countries and people are poor, while others are rich. I discovered that economics offers a tremendous tool kit for understanding these issues. While different people seek to fulfill a number of different goals, access to food remains vital for everyone. Why do some people go hungry and poor, while others have more than enough? Supplying a growing global population with healthy food puts pressure on the world’s ecosystems, and natural resource economics can help us understand how to feed the world in a sustainable way.


Knut's professional commitment has brought him to Hawaii for research purposes.

Knut Heen

Title: Professor emeritus
Telephone: +47 776 46862
Rich and poor regions: Ever since I started my studies at the Norwegian School of Economics my main interest has been regional economics and economic geography. How can we explain the geographic distribution of economic activity? That some regions grow, while others become more poor? When I met the resource economists at the Norwegian College of Fishery Science, I got interested in how different fishery management regimes affect regional economic development. The last 10 years my focus has been on the regional consequences of climate change both with respect to aquaculture and wild stocks. My scientific network of contacts has brought me to the USA and Canada; to the west coast of America and Hawaii.


Kofi is taking the first step to becoming a Viking

Vondolia Godwin Kofi

Title: Post Doctor
Telephone: +47 776 45564
Optimal use of natural resources: I am from a small farming and fishing community in Ghana. As a child, I listened to farmers and fishermen discuss the falling productivity of their plots and dwindling fish catch. So when I went to University of Cape Coast and met a researcher who was using economic theories to explain how environmental resources are overused and the consequences of inefficient use of natural resources on livelihoods, I immediately knew that my research should investigate optimal use of natural resources. At the College, I will demonstrate in my research how the values derived from environmental valuation can be used in bioeconomic modeling. This knowledge can contribute to promoting optimal use of natural resources.


Suthamathy visiting Ninh Hoa shrimp culture farm in Vietnam.

Suthamathy Nadarajah

Function: Ph.D. student
Telephone: 776 46416

A turning point from agriculture to fisheries: I am from Sri Lanka, an island full of marine resources, both living and non-living. I was offered a scholarship to do a master degree programme in Vietnam (NOMA-FAME) and that was the turning point of my field of study: from agriculture to fishery. I wrote my MSc thesis related to aquaculture economics. This made me decide to continue my career within aquatic research. As a result I am now doing a degree in fisheries economics. 



Ekaterina Ice fising in Troms. Exploring the recreational value of the environment!


Name: Ekaterina Nikitina

Title: Ph.D. student
Telephone: +47 776 23256



Challenged by the Professor: I entered the IFM program at the university in 2013 because I wanted to have a more specialized competence in economics related to a marine resource management. The choice was obvious since I came from Murmansk (Russia) where fisheries is an important economic sector. The most fascinating thing about the field for me was to explore how ecological factors influence the economy. My shift to research became a fact during a lecture given by Professor Arne Eide when he mentioned that there were only two approaches of pricing the environment and encouraged students to find out more. Challenge accepted! In 2015 I joined the research group with a PhD project in economic valuation of marine environmental goods and services.


Nilantha De Silva


W. Nilantha De Silva

Title: Post Doctor

Telephone: +47 40644559
Fulfilling my childhood dream: I always dreamt about becoming a natural scientist. I have always cared about nature and been actively engaged in protecting it. I decided to make a career within environmental economics as I realized these theories made me look into environmental issues differently, strategically and effectively. As a university academic member in a developing country, the teaching load meant that I had less opportunities to carry out effective research. However, I believe that the post doctoral position in the Marine Research Economics group will be a great turning point for my future research.


Nesha exploring the marine life in Tromsø

Name: Salpage Nesha Dushani

Title: Ph.D. student
Telephone: +47 452 61989


One of important milestones: As a Lecturer of Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science attached to Ocean University of Sri Lanka, I am responsible for teaching and conducting research in the discipline of Fisheries Economics and Management. Within this broad subject area, my special interests are in the disciplines of assessment of climate change impacts on coastal ecosystem services and well being of coastal communities, economic valuation of coastal ecosystems, improvement of socio economic status of fisheries communities and marine eco-tourism. Taking into account, my keen interest in this area of expertise I had a strong vision that I should pursue my postgraduate studies in the field of Fisheries Economics and Management. The PhD scholarship offered through NORHED project has opened my career path of becoming a natural resource economist to serve the society and the academic world.

Nga experiences winter activities in Tromsø

Name: Nga Thi Hong Cao

Title: Ph.D. student
Telephone: +47 776 46388


Passionate about improvement in the home province: I am from Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam. The province is located on the coast and the region has been affected by climate change in the recent years. Coastal communities are highly dependent on fisheries, which again are vulnerable to environmental changes. My Ph.D. project focuses on the impact on climate change and poverty issues in small-scale fisheries in Khanh Hoa. The aim is to identify strategies that will help fisheries communities to alleviate the impacts of the climate change. 

Ngan learning about Norwegian aquaculture at Lerøy Aurora processing plant at Skjervøy (Troms)

Name: Ngan, Le Thi Thanh

Title: Ph.D. student
Telephone: +47 405 72 886


From individual to global strategies: Economic consequences of the climate change can be seen at all levels: from households and small enterprises to the national and global economies. Nature-based industries such as fisheries and aquaculture are particularly sensitive to the changes in the ecosystem and need to adapt rapidly. In aquaculture, the climate change influences productivity of farms, while adequate policy decisions should be made on the higher level to ensure sustainable development of the whole industry.  The goal of my Ph.D. research at the Norwegian College of Fisheries Science is to explore adaptive response of aquaculture producers to climatic events from  economic and policy perspectives. 

 Tannaz in Tromsø

Name: Tannaz Alizadeh

Title: Ph.D. student
Telephone: +47 776 20824


Passion for mathematics
Since my early teenage years I have had a strong interest in mathematics. Studying economics attracted me as it allowed to apply mathematical methods and analytical skills in a discipline which is of a great importance in the modern society. Analysis and prediction methods are especially relevant in marine resource economics due to the complexity of interaction between human activities and constantly changing marine environment. My four-year PhD project mainly focuses on vessel dynamics using mathematical modeling and computer-based simulation. This research contributes to a detailed understanding of how fleet diversity forms and develops.

Name: Dejene Gizaw Kidane

Title: Ph.D. student

Institute: Norwegian College of Fishery Science

Telephone: +47 77646032


Name: Julide Ceren Ahi

Title: Ph.D. student

Institute: Norwegian College of Fishery Science

Telephone: +47 77646068


Name: Yajie Liu

Title: Førsteamanuensis

Institute: Norwegian College of Fishery Science

Telephone: +47 77646051