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International work

Projects

International work since 1989 includes:

Current

  • Learning and Teaching in a Digital World (LATINA)
    • Developing and co-directing a three-week course on e-learning and digital libraries for international students at Oslo and Akershus University College in collaboration with Professor Helge Høivik (LATINA/Lab) and Lars Egeland (Director, OUC Learning Centre), 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012.
    • Developing and co-directing shorter LATINA courses in other countries: Finland (2010), Palestine (2011), China (2011), Uganda (2012).
  • Global statistics for advocacy (GLOSSA)
    • Chaired working group for IFLA Statistics and Evaluation Section that developed Statistics for Advocacy  a module within the IFLA training programme for library associations (2009-10). 
    • Directed pilot courses in Greece and Sweden (2010).
    • Directed one-day course at Makerere University Library in Uganda in June 2012
Earlier (1989-2004)
  • Web design and digital reference work and Quantitative and qualitative methods in LIS. Four courses (15 hours each) given at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow. 2001-2004.
  • Leadership training (a series of two day courses) for agricultural trainees from Poland in Norway (with Bozena Rasmussen)
  • Internet training course (5 days) for library staff at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (with Helge Høivik), with support from the National Library of Norway.
  • Director of advanced “training for trainers” course in conflict resolution methods (2 weeks) – arranged by the United Nations University in Tunisia
  • Negotiation training (10 days) for the Burmese democratic opposition movement – arranged by the Norwegian Burma Committee in a Burmese area (then) under democratic control (Manerplaw)
  • Director of conflict resolution course for Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka and South-East Asia (3 weeks) – arranged in Thailand by the Thai Inter-religious Commission for Development (TICD) in cooperation with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB).

Professional background

My subject background includes natural sciences (statistics, mathematics,  chemistry), sociology, philosophy, peace research and library studies. 

Broad practical experience in

  • library studies
  • social science methods
  • digital change processes
  • international and transcultural work
  • educational policy and future studies
  • organizational development and conflict resolution
  • new teaching methods (adult education, group oriented, e-learning)

Teaching and training

I am happy to undertake projects and consultancy work with an international or intercultural dimension. 

Working languages:

  • Fluent English, Spanish and (of course) Norwegian
  • Prepared to teach in French and German
  • Reads Italian, Portuguese and Romanian

Previous projects

Broad practical experience with teaching, training and research abroad since the late sixties – about five years altogether.

In 1970 I taught social science methods for half a year in Mexico (in Spanish), at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In the mid-seventies I taught mathematics and statistics at the Cooperative College in Moshi, Tanzania, for two years.

Later I directed the graduate course in peace research (6 weeks) at the International Summer School, University of Oslo, for ten years. I have also worked as a conflict training consultant for the United Nations University (UNU) in Russia and Colombia and have participated in Norwegian evaluation missions to Tanzania and Nicaragua.

Publications

Link to bibliography of publications in English.

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