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Christopher White, Associate Professor

Christopher White, Associate Professor

Chris is Associate Professor in International Relations and a specialist in political theory and British politics. Originally from the United Kingdom, Christopher has been at Bjørknes University College since 2010. Prior to coming to Norway, he was Assistant Professor at the American International University in London. He has also been a Lecturer in International Relations and Director of Studies of the Masters in International Relations at reading University.

Hilde Eliassen Restad, Associate Professor

Hilde Eliassen Restad, Associate Professor

Hilde is an Associate Professor of International Studies at Bjørknes University College. She grew up in the northernmost town in the world, Hammerfest, Norway. At 16, she traveled to New Mexico, USA to attend the United World College of the American West (AHUWC). Since then, she has had trouble sitting still. Hilde has worked as a volunteer in El Salvador, been editor of a political radio show for the University of Oslo's student radio while obtaining her BA in political science, and traveled around the United States while obtaining her MA and PhD in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. Hilde is also a Fulbright Alumna.

Tomas Alfred Røen, Lecturer

Tomas Alfred Røen, Lecturer

Tomas Alfred Røen is a lecturer in International Studies and Peace and Conflict studies at Bjørknes University College. He is an expert and frequently used commentator on the Central African Republic and the role of France in Africa. He holds a Bachelor and Master's degree in International Studies from the University of Oslo, Norway and Stellebosch University, South Africa, respectively. Tomas has also studied French at the University of Sorbonne, Paris. Previously, he has worked for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the United Nations Association.

Torstein Dale-Åkerlund, Head of Department

Torstein Dale-Åkerlund, Head of Department

Torstein is the head of department of International Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies, a position he has held since the first program was established in 2009. His academic background is within Development Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations. He graduated with a Master in International Affairs from the Australian National University (ANU) in 2008. Over the course of his studies and work, Torstein has had a geographical focus on Eastern and Southern Africa, where he has spent extended periods (including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa). He has field experience from Africa and the Middle East.