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Karen Refsgaard

Research Director / Deputy Director

Specialised in institutional economics with expertise in rural development and policy, environmental and resource management mainly related to agriculture, bioeconomy and innovation

Academic Qualifications

PhD in Institutional Economics, University of Life Sciences, Norway

MSc in Agricultural Economics, The Royal Veterinarian and Agricultural University, Denmark


  • Danish
  • Norwegian
  • English
  • Swedish
  • German


Prior positions

2015-2016: Senior Researcher at Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research 

1997-2015: Senior Researcher at Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute. Team-leader for Natural Resource Management and Ground Innovation

(2010: Visiting fellow at Centre for Development Studies, Kerala, India)

(2005-2006: Visiting Fellow University of Vermont, USA )

1994-1997: Researcher at Dep of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Life Sciences, Norway

1992: Research assistant at Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Denmark

(1991): Visiting fellow at University of Hohenheim, DE)

1989-1995: PhD-scholarship at Dep of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Life Sciences, Norway                             

1988-1989: Lecturer at Icelandic Agricultural University, Hvanneyri, Iceland

Transnational Projects

2008-present: International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Consortium (Europe-US-Canada-Mexico)

2005-2008: EU Framework Programme, Norway coordination, TOP-MARD. Towards a Policy Model of Multifucntional Agriculture and Rural Development

Karens CV