Miriam Ladstein (Research Assistant)

M.A., University of Bergen

Miriam Ladstein holds a BA in Development Studies and MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen. She is currently working as project administrator and research assistant for the research project ‘Mare Nullius? Sea Level Rise and Maritime Sovereignties in the Pacific‘.

Based on 6 months of fieldwork in Fiji and Samoa in the spring of 2014, Ladstein’s MA thesis delves into the epistemological meeting between two different kinds of ecological knowledge – that of the local and vernacular, and that of Western science as it is taught in a rural primary school on the island of Savai’i. She explores memories and perceptions of continuity and change in a local landscape, ways of knowing, the relationship between school and local community, and their respective ways of teaching nature, environment, sustainability and climate change.


Department of Social Anthropology
University of Bergen
P.O. Box 7800
N-5020 Bergen