Professor Edvard Hviding (Research Group Director)

MA, PhD, University of Bergen

Edvard Hviding is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, and the founding director of the Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group. During 2012-15 Hviding was the scientific coordinator of the European Consortium for Pacific Studies (ECOPAS, funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme), and during 2008-12 he directed the international research programme Pacific Alternatives: Cultural Heritage and Political Innovation in Oceania (funded by the Research Council of Norway with 12 participating institutions). In 2012-13 Hviding was Chair of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO).

Edvard Hviding has a long research record in the Pacific. Since 1986 he has carried out 40 months of fieldwork in Solomon Islands, mainly in the Marovo Lagoon. He has also travelled and worked in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, and Hawai’i, and during the 1990s was engaged in a series of regional projects of fisheries management. For his efforts in developing vernacular environmental education and research dissemination in the Western Solomons, Hviding was awarded the Silver Medal of the Order of Solomon Islands in 2010. His anthropological research has taken place in cooperation with colleagues at the University of Hawai’i, the University of the South Pacific, James Cook University, the University of Cambridge, the British Museum, and UNESCO. Edvard Hviding’s research interests cover many interrelated topics in social, environmental and historical anthropology, including fishing, agroforestry and the customary tenure of sea and land; kinship and social organization; the cultural history and languages of New Georgia; colonial encounters; environmental knowledge and epistemology; customary law, leadership and dispossession; and the local manifestations and consequences of globalization. Most recently he has initiated a programme of comparative anthropological research on vernacular models of, and Pacific policies concerning, changes in environment, weather and climate.

Among Hviding’s publications are the monographs Guardians of Marovo Lagoon, Islands of Rainforest (with T. Bayliss-Smith) and Reef and Rainforest: An Environmental Encyclopedia of Marovo Lagoon, and the edited volumes Paths, Currents and Sites in Norwegian Anthropology (2001, in Norwegian), Made in Oceania (2011, with K.M. Rio), The Ethnographic Experiment (2014, with C. Berg), and Pacific Alternatives (2015, with G.M. White).

For a detailed list of publications, see here.

Foto: Eivind Senneset



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University of Bergen
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