Environmental and resource economist from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and Lincoln University, New Zealand.
Christine Hvitsand is an environmental and resource economist from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and Lincoln University, New Zealand (1999). She has worked as a researcher at Telemark Research Institute (TRI) since 2007. From autumn 2017 she is a part-time PhD-candidate at NMBU facilitating and studying whether participatory and collaborative processes can create changes.
From TRI she has broad experience with projects within sustainability issues such as agriculture and food, waste (bio economy, circular economy), sustainable tourism, as well as public health and welfare. She is experiencing that the societal challenges are linked together, and needs to be approached in a holisic way involving a broad specter of actors.
Together with municipalities and other partners, she is leading a project about Urban Living Labs as a model or platform for involvement, exploration of human resources, networking, co-creation, innovation and testing in real-life settings. Her main interests are linked to sustainability transitions, looking at challenges and possible development paths across sectors and societal roles applying new forms of collaborations.