The Arne Næss Symposium is based in The Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at Center for Development and the Environment, UiO,

The Arne Næss Chair in Global Justice and the Environment - established in 2007 -  is awarded annually to a top international scholar who has worked on the questions sustainable development, global justice and environmental crisis. The Professorship – which includes one semester stay at the University of Oslo - is based at the Center for Development and the Environment and is currently financed by the University of Oslo,  Freedom of Expression Foundation (Fritt Ord), Bergesenstiftelsen and Norges Forskningsråd.  Arne Næss Professors have included James Lovelock, Ramachandra Guha (New Delhi), Steven Schneider(Stanford), Robyn Eckersly (University of Melbourne), Lawrence Buell (Harvard), Polly Higgins (London), David Abram(US) and in 2015 Davis Sloan Wilson (US).


Nina Witoszek  is research professor at the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo. Before joining Oslo University she worked at the Universities of Oxford, the National University of Ireland in Galway, and the European University in Florence. She held visiting professorships at the University of Cambridge and the University of Stanford and, since 2008, has been affiliated with the Centre for Advanced Studies at the Royal Norwegian Academy of Science. Nina Witoszek has written several books, both fictional and academic, and is a regular contributor in the Norwegian media. In 2005, Witoszek won the Freedom of Expression Prize (Fritt Ord-prisen) bringing in Eastern European Perspectives to the Scandinavian public debate.

Bilde av Kit-Fai Næss

Kit-Fai Naess is the widow of Arne Naess. Before coming to Norway in the 1970's she studied Western Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. She had worked for the Hong Kong Government as an Executive Officer, Production Assistant at the Hong Kong Television Broadcast Company Ltd., and later as a Financial Controller for the Hong Kong Telephone Company. In 1997 she took her Master's in Chinese at the University of Oslo. Kit-Fai taught elementary school in Oslo from 1979 to 1989 and since then was executive assistant to her husband until his death in 2009.








Ingebjørg Torgersen is Arne Naess Chair Coordinator at the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo. She is both a film director with a degree from the Danish Film School in Copenhagen, an artist, and a passionate forest owner.


Published May 26, 2016 10:57 AM - Last modified June 16, 2017 10:50 AM