Research Staff

Iselin Åsedotter Strønen

Associated Researcher

Anthropologist focusing on the social politics of natural resources, grassroot democracy, the state and political conflict in Venezuela. Other interests include gender, the enviroment and land tenure.

Social anthropologist focusing on poverty and inequality, the social politics of natural resource management, grass roots democracy, social movements, state transformation, political conflicts, violence and gender and the politics of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Strønen's additional research interests include food security, land management and the environment, and civil-military relations.

Strønen is Senior Lecturer at the Department for Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, and affilated researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute.

Strønen is a project member of the the CEIC-CMI Angola Programme (2015-2018) and the project coordinator for the sub-project Gender Relations and Human Rights in Angola

She has previously served as the project coordinator and editor for the CMI-based project Everyday Manoeuvres: Military-Civilian Relations in Latin-America and the Middle East, throught which she also conducted case studies from Venezuela and Brazil.

At the University of Bergen, she is currently a member of the NRC-financed research project Energetics, through which she is focusing on Statoil's CSR-engagement in Brazil.

Strønen is the author of the monograph "Grassroots Politics and Oil Culture in Venezuela. The Revolutionary Petro-State" (Palgrave McMillan 2017).  The book is available Open Access here.

Strønen obtained her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen in 2014, with the dissertation A Revolutionary Petro-State. Change, Continuity and Popular Power in Venezuela. In addition, Strønen holds a MA degree in Anthropology of Development from the University of Bergen, and a MA degree in International Journalism from City University, London.

Strønen is fluent in Spanish in addition to English and her mother tongue Norwegian, and intermediary in Portugese. She has lived abroad for longer periods of time in Venezuela, the UK, Chile, India and Spain.


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