Arne Næss Chair

The purpose of the Arne Næss Chair in Global Justice and the Environment is to honour international and native scholars who have created new insights into research on the questions of development, environment and global justice.

Illustrasjon: SUM

About the Project:

The chair holders are invited to offer creative ways of tackling challenges posed by the current environmental and social crisis both at the local and global level. The main objectives of the Arne Næss Chair include:

  • Strengthening the synergy between the studies of the environment, development,  peace- and human rights’ studies;
  • Fostering internationalization of the Norwegian research environment by deepening institutional and scholarly links between SUM, the University of Oslo, and centres of excellence around the world;
  • Stimulating inter-disciplinary public debates on the environmental and social crises of our time;
  • Promoting a dialogue between young researchers and established scholars in the field (The Arne Næss Symposium has a special slot for “Young Researchers’ Challenge”).

The ANC Chair has as its objective to attract the best international specialists to spend up to three months in Norway and to undertake research in dialogue with the Norwegian scholarly community. To this end the Chair holders are invited to give an annual memorial lecture at the annual ANC Symposium which is a public relations event linking the University of Oslo to the Norwegian public sphere.

The Arne Næss project also involves Arne Næss seminars which are a quarterly event at the Litteraturhuset in Oslo. For more information see: Arne Næss-Seminarene

Arne Næss Symposia 2007 - 2014 :

Arne Næss Symposium 2014: "Taking Responsibility for Tomorrow’s World" Chateau Neuf., UiO, May 8th.

Arne Næss Symposium 2013: The World without Ecocide: A Utopia of Our Time?    Gamle Festsal UiO, 10 September.

Arne Næss Symposium 2012: Thinking Dutifully Acting Beautifully: Responsibility for a Sustainable Future, 12 november.

Arne Næss Symposium 2011: The Age of Stupid or the Age of Wisdom? Gamle Festsal UiO, 23 May,

Arne Næss Symposium 2009: Innovation for a Sustainable Future, Gamle Festsalen, UiO, 31 August- 2 September.

Arne Næss Symposium 2008: 60 years After Gandhi: Can Civil Society Civilize the World? Oslo Nobel Institute, 27 April.

Arne Næss Symposium 2007: Beyond Apocalypse: Can Scientists, Businessmen, Politicians and Humanists Save the World? Gamle Festsal UiO, 31 August.

Visual archive material:

Documentary: "Boxing Arne Næss"

Arne Næss Chairholders 2007-2009

The Power of Framing, Arne Næss Chair: Robyn Eckersley


Published Aug. 19, 2011 10:56 AM - Last modified Mar. 17, 2017 10:48 AM