Maren Aase

Academic Interests

  • Poverty and inequality
  • Disasters and vulnerability
  • Hunger and malnutrition
  • Development and human rights
  • Democracy and public action
  • Regional focus: South Asia
  • Updates: ResearchGate

Courses taught


  • Ph.D fellow, Centre for Development and the Environment, (SUM)
  • University lecturer, SUM, 2020. Lecturer, Development Studies, University of Oslo, 2007–2019; Kulturstudier, 2020.
  • Coordinator and co-developer, The Research School at Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, 2009 – 2017.
  • 'Utdanningslederprogrammet' (2018) and 'Basic Pedagogical Requirements' for knowledge of teaching and learning in higher education (2014), University of Oslo.
  • Coordinator, The Human Rights and Extreme Poverty Project (HUREP), (2007 – 2011)
  • Research assistant, The Poverty and Development (PAD) Research Area at SUM, including the Poverty and Development Seminar Series  (2006 – 2011), conference production and dissemination, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo (2005 – 2006).
  • Secretary, the Norwegian-Finnish Reference Group for the Trust Fund for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (TFESSD) in the World Bank, Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) via contract with the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (2009 – 2010).
  • MA, Political Science, University of Oslo, 2006.


  • 'Ingmund Kirkerud's legat', 2017.
  • Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) SUPRA Nordic Scholarship, 2016.
  • Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, 2013.

Positions held 

Tags: Poverty, Rights, Food, Asia, Aid, Disasters, Development


New: Book chapter, Routledge Handbook of Autocratization in South Asia (forthcoming, 2021).

  • Aase, Maren (2021). Disaster governance and autocratic legitimation in Bangladesh. Aiding autocratization? In Widmalm, Sten (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Autocratization in South Asia. Routledge. ISSN 9781003042211. p. 233–245. doi: https%3A/
  • Aase, Maren (2019). Listing for change? Exploring the politics of relief lists in Bangladesh after Cyclone Sidr. Disasters. The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management. ISSN 0361-3666. 44(4), p. 666–686. doi: 10.1111/disa.12395. Full text in Research Archive
  • Aase, Maren (2010). Hvor matnyttig er demokratiet? In Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Heierstad, Geir (Ed.), Demokrati på indisk. Unipub forlag. ISSN 9788274774766. p. 111–132.

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Published Aug. 15, 2011 2:53 PM - Last modified Oct. 29, 2021 11:56 AM