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Culture, ethics and sustainability

We explore the relationship between culture, nature and ideology, and its change over time in various cultural and social contexts. We also study cultural innovation for a sustainable future.

Illustrative photo Norwegian nature culture


About the group

This research group explores several research areas:

  • Environmental philosophy and ethics
  • Social and ethical aspects of sustainable modernity
  • Sustainability of the Nordic Model
  • Green Democracy
  • Nature and ideology
  • Cultural innovation for a sustainable future.
  • The relation between nature, culture and identity
  • The role of civil society in authoritarian countries

One of our concerns is to reflect on how the history of human-nature relationships can be put to use in a contemporary setting.

  • How can one imagine a sustainable, good life in our time?
  • Can limits to growth be handled if we cement ideas from the past with ideas in the present?
  • What resources can be found in the historical canon with which to think through our current predicament?


The research group flags The Arne Næss Programme on Global Justice and the Environment, involving the annual Arne Næss Symposium, and three recipients of the Arne Næss stipend who work on a joint research project.

Academic programmes and courses

New book on The Nordic model

In the new book Sustainable Modernity: The Nordic Model and Beyond, co-edited by Nina Witoszek and Atle Midttun, researchers from traditionally adverse disciplines such as evolutionary biology and human sciences, explore the drivers behind the Nordic model. The project is supported by UiO:Nordic. The Open Access version of this book can be downloaded here.


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Published May 15, 2018 11:40 AM - Last modified Apr. 11, 2019 4:30 PM