Karen Victoria Lykke Syse

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Academic Interests

  • Food and Sustainability
  • Cultural and historical dimensions of food
  • Meatconsumption in an historical perspective.
  • Landscape studies
  • Environmental history and policy
  • Sustainability and Good life in Literature
  • Environmental discourse and practice, especially with regard to the use and abuse of natural resources
  • Social and cultural aspects of hunting and angling

Courses taught


  • 2009 PhD Cultural History, University of Oslo
  • 2001 - 2002 Chevening scholar, St. Andrews University. Postgraduate studies in Environmental History
  • 2000 M.Phil. Ethnology, University of Oslo
  • 1992 Agronomist Oslo Agricultural Academy


  • Norwegian Chevening scholar 2001/2002 at University of St. Andrews. Postgraduate studies in Environmental history under Professor T.C. Smout’s institute of Environmental History and Policy.

Positions held

  • Board member the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT-Oslo) 2010/2013 and 2013/2016
  • Board member for the academically employed at Centre for Development and the Environment 2009/2013.
  • Research Fellow at the Centre for Advances Studies at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 2008/2009.
  • Board member for the academically employed at Centre for Development and the Environment 2005/2006.
  • Representative for the doctoral students at the Faculty of the Humanities Cultural Programme 2003/2004.


Ongoing projects

  • Making Meat a Mystery: Industrial meat production has pivoted, and at the same time our modern relationship with livestock is questionable from a sustainable point of view. This project seeks to understand the historical and ideological changes  in our relation with the animals we use for food in contemporary society.
  • Sustainability and The Good Life: The notion that the good life is lived in proximity to nature has waxed and waned, and the idea is presently being resurrected in diverse locations throughout Western society. What is the cultural and historical anchorage of ideas about The Goodlife, and what are the ethical and environmental issues at stake in modern society?


Tags: Nature and Culture, Food, Gender, Landscape


  • Kildal, Charlotte L & Syse, Karen V Lykke (2017). Meat and masculinity in the Norwegian Armed Forces. Appetite.  ISSN 0195-6663.  112, s 69- 77 . doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.12.032
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2016). Blodig alvor: Et dykk ned i slakteskikkens kuriositetskabinett. Fortid.  ISSN 1504-1913.  (1), s 30- 33
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2015). Celebrity chefs, ethical food consumption and the good life, In Karen V Lykke Syse & Martin Lee Mueller (ed.),  Sustainable Consumption and the Good Life.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1138013001.  Chapter 10.  s 165 - 182
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2014). Stumbling over Animals in the Landscape: Methodological Accidents and Anecdotes. Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies.  ISSN 1894-4647.  2(2), s 20- 26
  • Bjørkdahl, Kristian & Syse, Karen V Lykke (2013). Death and Meateriality, In Rane Willerslev & Dorthe Refslund Christensen (ed.),  Taming Time, Timing Death: Social Technologies and Ritual.  Ashgate.  ISBN 9781409450689.  Chapter 11.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2013). Otters as Symbols in the British Environmental Discourse. Landscape Research.  ISSN 0142-6397.  38(4), s 540- 552 . doi: 10.1080/01426397.2013.784244
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2013). The Ebb and Flow of Trees and Farmland: Symbols of Nationhood in Scotland and Norway. Journal of the North Atlantic.  ISSN 1935-1933.  4, s 219- 228
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2012). Nationhood and Landscape Management: Stories of the Past and Practice in the Present, In Kenneth Bo Nielsen & Kristian Bjørkdahl (ed.),  Development and Environment: Practices, Theories, Policies.  Akademisk Forlag.  ISBN 9788232100330.  8.  s 137 - 153
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2012). Oslo: A City Framed by Forest, In  Green Oslo : visions, planning and discourse.  Ashgate.  ISBN 978-1-4094-3896-0.  Chapter 2.  s 47 - 69
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2010). Expert Systems, Local Knowledge and Power in Argyll, Scotland. Landscape Research.  ISSN 0142-6397.  35(4), s 469- 484 . doi: 10.1080/01426397.2010.486855
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2010). Ideas of Leisure, Pleasure and the River in Early Modern England, In Karen V Lykke Syse & Terje Oestigaard (ed.),  Perceptions of Water in Britain from Early Modern Times to the Present: An Introduction.  BRIC Press.  ISBN 978-82-7453-081-2.  3.  s 35 - 58
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke & Oestigaard, Terje (2010). Introduction, In Karen V Lykke Syse & Terje Oestigaard (ed.),  Perceptions of Water in Britain from Early Modern Times to the Present: An Introduction.  BRIC Press.  ISBN 978-82-7453-081-2.  Introduction.  s 9 - 14
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2009). Restaurer un paysage. Ethnologie Française.  ISSN 0046-2616.  XXXIX, s 299- 309
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2007). Gavin Maxwell - the lonely naturalist. American Studies in Scandinavia.  ISSN 0044-8060.  39(2), s 97- 109
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2007). Moving About: An Ethnographic Approach to Landscape Research, In Zoran Roca; Theo Spek; Theano Terkenli; Tobias Plieninger & Franz Höchtl (ed.),  European Landscapes and Lifestyles- The Mediterranean and Beyond.  Edicoes Universitarias Lusofonas.  ISBN 978-972-8881-35-1.  25.  s 323 - 329
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2003). Landscape Perceptions, Discourses and Values in Mid-Argyll. Landskapet som arena.  ISSN 1650-898X.  (6), s 79- 89
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2001). Ethics in the Woods. Ethics, Place and Environment.  ISSN 1366-879X.  4, s 226- 234
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2000). En etnolog på gamle og nye stier. Etnologposten.  ISSN 0803-6020.  (1)

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  • Syse, Karen V Lykke & Mueller, Martin Lee (ed.) (2015). Sustainable Consumption and the Good Life. Routledge.  ISBN 978-1138013001.  278 s.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke & Oestigaard, Terje (ed.) (2010). Perceptions of Water in Britain from Early Modern Times to the Present: An Introduction. BRIC Press.  ISBN 978-82-7453-081-2.

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  • Holsten, Hilde Hartmann; Kildal, Charlotte L & Syse, Karen V Lykke (2017, 20. februar). Why Norwegian soldiers didn't approve of 'Meat free Monday' . [Internett].  ScienceNordic.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke & Kildal, Charlotte L (2017, 04. februar). Forsvaret ville innføre kjøttfrie mandager. Tiltaket ble stoppet av det de selv kaller «machokultur». .  Aftenposten.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2016, 14. mars). Kjøtt er blitt en ingrediens. NRK P2 Ekko 14.03. 2016. [Radio].  NRK P2 Ekko.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2015, 05. juli). Levende landskap: Landskap for mange sanser. [TV].  NRK1.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke & Bjørkdahl, Kristian (2015). Kjøttet og døden. Utflukt.  ISSN 0804-9327.  1, s 8- 25
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke & Mueller, Martin Lee (2015). Introduction to Sustainability and the Good Life, In Karen V Lykke Syse & Martin Lee Mueller (ed.),  Sustainable Consumption and the Good Life.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1138013001.  Introduction.  s 1 - 6
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke & Olsen, Jon Anstein (2015). Den sjette utryddelsen.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2014). Naming Nature.
  • Bjørkdahl, Kristian; Syse, Karen V Lykke & Endreson, Thorunn (2013). Skitt og kanel i kjøkkenhagen. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.  s 25
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2013, 23. mars). Om skogsarbeiderne og forholdet til naturen. [Radio].  NRK P2, Ekko.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2013, 19. oktober). Vann- og snøscooterstøy - en trussel mot livsverdier?. [Radio].  NRK P2, Verdibørsen.
  • Bjørkdahl, Kristian; Syse, Karen V Lykke & Endreson, Thorunn (2012). Selvdyrking er selvdyrking. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.  s 20- 21
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2011). Approaching environmental management and policy issues from a humanistic perspective.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2011). Fra lende til landskap: En kulturhistorie om konflikt og konsensus i Argyll 1945-2005.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2011). Landscapes as Material Culture in Flux: Creating Museums and Interpreting Historical Landscapes.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2011). Makt og avmakt i kultur- og miljøforvaltningen.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2011). Trees and nationhood in Norway and Scotland.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2011). Water, Modernity and Leisure; Using the River in Early Modern England.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2010). Celtic Cultural Perspectives on Ecological Wisdom.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2010). Introduction and Welcome to the Green Oslo Symposium.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2010). Jakt, fiske og friluftsliv på Svalbard.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2010). Svalbardrøye som utgangspunkt for å forstå miljøforvaltningskonflikter på Svalbard.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2009). Botanikk, retorikk og romantikk: Landskapet som arena for konflikt og konsensus.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2009). Counter Natures: Histories and Ideologies of Nature in Argyll.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2009). Fluid approaches to History: The river as an arena for leisure and pleasure in Early Modern England.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2009). From land use to landscape: A cultural history of conflict and consensus in Argyll.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2009). Methodological and theoretical challenges in the investigation of animals in cultural history.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2009). Stalking the Stag: Hunting for Nostalgia in Scotland.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2009). The river as an arena for leisure and pleasure in Early Modern England.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke & Bjørkdahl, Kristian (2009). Making Meat a Mystery.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2008). Heather in Hordaland.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2007). Etnografiske erfaringer fra Norge og Skottland i et miljøperspektiv.
  • Syse, Karen V Lykke (2007). Fra Skog i Nordmarka til Sommerfugler i Argyll - miljøkonflikter i Norge og Skottland.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2006). Who cares about butterflies?.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2006). Gavin Maxwell, The Lonely Naturalist.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2004). Fremmed Skog.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2004). Frykten for det fremmede; Kulturelle utfordringer rundt introduksjon av fremmede arter.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2004). Lyngheiens retorikk, estetikk og romantikk. Bergens Tidende.  ISSN 0804-8983.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2004). Moving about; qualitative methodologies of landscape research.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2003). Forholdet mennesker og skog i et historisk lys.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2003). The woods as tamed wilderness.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2002). Innenfraperspektiv og utenfraperspektiv på skogen.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2002). Landskapet sett med ulike øyne.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2002). Social aspects of Urban Forestry.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2001). Bruk og vern i Nordmarka.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2001). Nordmarka er også et kulturlandskap. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2001). Skogens kulturelle dimensjoner.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2000). Lende og Landskap.
  • Syse, Karen Victoria (2000). Perceptions of Wilderness.

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