Karen Lykke Syse

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Phone +47 22858949
Visiting address Sandakerveien 130 Bygg 2 0484 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1116 Blindern 0317 OSLO

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
Published Aug. 15, 2011 2:53 PM - Last modified June 2, 2021 4:02 PM