Professor of Northern Studies, University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway
Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen is Professor of Northern Studies and the inaugural Barents Chair in Politics at the University of Tromsø-The Arctic University of Norway. He is a Danish International Relations scholar who grew up in Iceland and therefore has a deep personal and professional commitment to the High North. Rasmus’ areas of research are historical and current transnational flows of knowledge, talent and financial resources between societies in Europe, North America, East Asia and the Middle East. One focus of research is the interplay between brain circulation, human capital and natural resources for transforming natural resource-based economies to more comprehensively sustainable economies, whether in the Arctic or in the Middle East. Another area of research is science diplomacy for how transnational knowledge cooperation and epistemic communities can maintain or build relations between the West and Russia or China in the Arctic. He studied political science in Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Lausanne, Geneva and Amsterdam and holds a PhD from Cambridge, during which he visited Sciences Po. He was a postdoc at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Tokyo Institute of Technology with United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies and Aalborg University. He was a Danish Social Democratic parliamentary constituency chairman and candidate for the European Parliament.