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Academic Interests

My academic interest lies within the fields of political and development geography, with a specific focus on women and energy. My specific research interests are women’s everyday life, gender relations and religion in a larger setting of aid and development discourse. The regional focus is mainly South Asia with research experience from India and Afghanistan.

Courses taught


  • Bachelor in Asian and African Studies with specialisation in human geography and Middle East and North-Africa Studies from the University of Oslo.
  • Master of Science in human geography with specialisation in political geography and emphasis on politics and development in the South. Title of Master thesis: Giving Light and Hope in Rural Afghanistan – The Impact of the Norwegian Church Aid’s Barefoot Approach on the Women Beneficiaries.

Positions held

  • Deputy board member, Centre for Development and the Environment, 2015 -
  • Chairman of the board, Nordic Forum for South Asia, 2015 -
  • Co-moderator, Nordic Forum for South Asia, 2015 -
  • Project-coordinator,  Arne Næss Chair, 2010
  • Project-coordinator,  Ceres21 – Sustainability for the 21st century, Centre for Development and the Environment,2010
  • Erik Blytt stipend, Centre for Development and the Environment, 2007 - 2008
  • Student board member, Centre for Development and the Environment, 2007 - 2008


  • The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), India concerning their project; “Innovating to bring clean energy for livelihood generation in India”.
Tags: Development, Asia, Energy, Gender, Human Geography, India


  • Standal, Karina; Winther, Tanja & Danielsen, Katrine (2018). Energy Politics and Gender, In Kathleen Hancock & Juliann Allison (ed.),  The Oxford Handbook of Energy Politics.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780190861360.  Chapter. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja; Matinga, Margaret N.; Ulsrud, Kirsten & Standal, Karina (2017). Women’s empowerment through electricity access: scoping study and proposal for a framework of analysis. Journal of Development Effectiveness.  ISSN 1943-9342.  9(3), s 389- 417 . doi: 10.1080/19439342.2017.1343368 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Standal, Karina (2016). The Globalizing Effect of Solar Energy Access on Family and Gender Relations in Rural India. Asia in Focus.  ISSN 2446-0001.  s 14- 22 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Standal, Karina & Winther, Tanja (2016). Empowerment Through Energy? Impact of Electricity on Care Work Practices and Gender Relations. Forum for Development Studies.  ISSN 0803-9410.  43(1), s 27- 45 . doi: 10.1080/08039410.2015.1134642 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary

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  • Standal, Karina (2010). Giving Light and Hope in Rural Afghanistan Enlightening Women's Lives with Solar Energy. Lampert Academic Publishing.  ISBN 978-3-8383-6520-6.  125 s.

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  • Holmelin, Nina; Standal, Karina & West, Jennifer Joy (2018). Gender and Climate Change.
  • Standal, Karina (2018). Bildeling, okey, men hva med maten?. KLIMA - Et magasin om klimaforskning fra CICERO.
  • Standal, Karina & Westskog, Hege (2018). D 4.3 Synthesis Report on the case study “From Consumer to Prosumer". Show summary
  • Westskog, Hege & Standal, Karina (2018). Sharing in neighborhoods..
  • Standal, Karina (2017). Den vanskelige energibalansen, Kirgisistan. KLIMA - Et magasin om klimaforskning fra CICERO.
  • Standal, Karina (2017). «Ring når han prøver å drepe deg». Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Standal, Karina (2017). ShareOn – Kartlegging av deling i Nedre Djupedalen vel.
  • Standal, Karina & Winther, Tanja (2016). Elektrisitet redder liv. KILDEN : informasjonssenter for kjønnsforskning.
  • Standal, Karina & Winther, Tanja (2016, 19. desember). Empowered by electricity. [Internett].  Kilden.
  • Standal, Karina & Winther, Tanja (2016, 12. februar). Equal Participation in Solar Projects Can Empower Women. [Internett].  The Quint.
  • Waldrop, Anne; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Standal, Karina & Wilhite, Harold Langford (2016). Editor's Introduction. Special Issue on Family and Gender in Globalising India. Asia in Focus.  ISSN 2446-0001.
  • Winther, Tanja; Palit, Debajit; Matinga, Margaret; Saini, Anjali; Govindan, Mini; Ulsrud, Kirsten; Standal, Karina & Gichungi, Henry (2016). Exploring Factors that Enhance and restrict Women’s Empowerment through Electrification (EFEWEE). Scoping study report.
  • Winther, Tanja; Standal, Karina & Hansen, Arve (2016). Gender, energy and consumption.
  • Standal, Karina (2015). Thinking Beyond the Box: Addressing Afghanistan's Gender Inequality the 'Barefoot' Way. Tvergastein.  ISSN 1893-5605.  (6), s 20- 27
  • Standal, Karina (2014). Between the Body and the Field: Reflections on Doing Fieldwork in Rural India as a Pregnant Researcher.
  • Standal, Karina (2014). Modern Energy and Women: Implications for Empowerment and Women’s Care Work within the Family.
  • Standal, Karina (2012). Energi som likestilling. argument.  ISSN 1504-6087.  2, s 28- 29

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Published Feb. 10, 2015 10:35 AM - Last modified July 8, 2016 9:53 AM