Johannes Rudjord Volden

Doctoral Research Fellow - Senter for utvikling og miljø
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Mobile phone +47 97403608 97403608
Visiting address Sandakerveien 130 Bygg 2 0484 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1116 Blindern 0317 Oslo
Other affiliations Faculty of Social Sciences (Student)

Academic interests

  • Sustainable consumption and sustainability transformation
  • Alternative proteins and cellular agriculture
  • The production and consumption of meat
  • Mobility, aeromobility, consumer (air-)travel
  • Everyday life and (un)sustainable practices

In my PhD project, titled "Meating the Anthropocene: barriers and opportunities for alternative proteins in Norway", I focus on the role that novel protein foods and emerging alternatives to conventional meat can play in reducing the impact of unsustainable food consumption. Drawing on mixed methods, the project explores how, and the extent to which, alternative proteins can facilitate sustainable and equitable food consumption in Norwegian households. The project takes particular interest in emerging alternative proteins – such as plant-based meat analogues, edible insects, and lab-grown meat – and the barriers and opportunities for these to challenge current meat consumption in a way that is socially just and environmentally friendly. By attending to how meat and meatless foods become embedded in social practices, the project seeks to infuse lofty debates on sustainable and equitable food futures with specific insight into the dynamics of current food consumption. Although my current work focuses primarily on consumption, I'm also interested in the production and marketing of protein foods, and the discourses and narratives that surround them.

Courses Taught

Previous positions held


  • M.Phil. Development, Environment and Cultural Change (University of Oslo)
  • BA Sociology and Human Geography (Durham University)


  • Volden, Johannes (2022). Can we (de)grow meat? Bringing alternative protein in dialogue with degrowth. Tvergastein. ISSN 1893-5605.
  • Moynat, Orlane; Volden, Johannes & Sahakian, Marlyne (2022). How do COVID-19 lockdown practices relate to sustainable well-being? Lessons from Oslo and Geneva. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy. ISSN 1548-7733. 18(1), p. 309–324. doi: 10.1080/15487733.2022.2051350.
  • Volden, Johannes & Hansen, Arve (2022). Practical aeromobilities: making sense of environmentalist air-travel . Mobilities. ISSN 1745-0101. doi: 10.1080/17450101.2021.1985381. Full text in Research Archive
  • Volden, Johannes & Wethal, Ulrikke Bryn (2021). What Happens When Cultured Meat Meets Meat Culture? (Un)Naturalness And (Un)Familiarity In The Meat Of Today And Tomorrow. In Hansen, Arve & Syse, Karen Lykke (Ed.), Changing Meat Cultures: Food Practices, Global Capitalism, and the Consumption of Animals. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISSN 978-1-5381-4265-3. p. 185–206.

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