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Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen


Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen is Professor of Northern Studies and the inaugural Barents Chair in Politics at University of Tromsø-The Arctic University of Norway. His research interest is transnational flows of knowledge, talent and resources between USA, Europe, Middle East, East Asia and the Arctic. He studies the importance of elite socialization, epistemic communities and science diplomacy for adapting Arctic governance within changing global governance. He studies brain circulation for human capital formation and transition from natural resources-based to knowledge-based economies in the Arctic and Gulf Cooperation Council states. He is Danish, but grew up in Reykjavik and has a deep personal and professional commitment to the Arctic. Because of his North Atlantic background, he has a strong professional and personal interest in the past, present and future of Denmark's relations to the North Atlantic, Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Rasmus studied in Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Geneva, Lausanne and Amsterdam. His Cambridge PhD (including a year at Sciences Po) analyzed British and French elite perceptions of the international system between 1880s and 1930s. Rasmus was postdoc at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government on the soft power of American and French universities in the Middle East with field research in Lebanon, Egypt, UAE and Kuwait. At Harvard, Rasmus started parallel Arctic research. He continued as JSPS postdoc at United Nations University (Yokohama) and Tokyo Institute of Technology on Middle East, East Asia and Arctic research. Rasmus returned to Denmark to Aalborg University as postdoc and assistant professor researching Sino-Danish knowledge relations, especially in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, and the Arctic before UiT.