Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment (ENE)

Research on fisheries, energy and the environment has a long tradition in the SNF and NHH environment. Gradually, issues related to climate have also become very important.

Within fisheries economics, the issues have varied over time, but the basic question has always been how to improve value creation in the fishing industry and at the same time have a sustainable management.

Over time, new topics have emerged such as economic research related to fish farming and aquaculture from the early 80s and issues related to climate change and the effect of global warming in relation to fisheries management in recent times.

The areas in research on climate and energy have also varied over time, but an important common denominator has been socio-economically sustainable and effective solutions. The research is based on the basic environments in economics at NHH and the University of Bergen, and Business Administration and Strategy and Management at NHH.

Focus on fisheries

  • Climate change, global warming and fisheries management
  • Aquaculture and fish farming economics
  • Incentive-based management; markets for quotas and ownership rights
  • Capacity adjustment, fleet structure and catch distribution
  • Analyzes of supply and demand for fish products
  • Environmental consequences of fishing and aquaculture


Focus on energy and climate

  • Public finances: Regulation related to market power and environmental consequences, but also tax and fiscal policy issues are important topics.
  • Business economics: Research on business economics aspects such as imperfect competition, research and development, and the effects of asymmetric information.
  • Financial economics: The understanding of financial markets for financing, risk management, as well as the exercise of ownership and control is central.


Selected projects

  • Paradigm for Novel Dynamic Oceanic Resource Assessments 
  • The impact of new technologies on fisheries management
  • JPIO Mining Impact 2
  • Distribution and resource rent in fisherie
  • Production in the Barents Sea Fisheries: Across species and fisheries
  • The Coronavirus Crisis: Development of Capabilities on Measuring and Managing Its Effects in the Norwegian Service and Food Industries 
  • Climate Futures 
  • NTRANS - Norwegian Centre for Energy Transition Strategies
  • HyValue - Norwegian Centre for Hydrogen Research
  • BESTEMT - Biological and economic strategies for sustainable ecosystem-services and management 
  • CASINO - Winners and losers in the climate casino: Arctic marine resources under climate change

Research Director 

Senior Researcher Margrethe Aanesen, SNF
Phone: +47 918 58 989



  • Senior Researcher Emeritus Trond Bjørndal (SNF)
  • Senior Researcher Nils-Arne Ekerhovd (SNF)
  • Senior Researcher Arnt Ove Hopland (SNF)
  • Researcher Endre Kildal Iversen (SNF)
  • Senior Researcher Sturla F. Kvamsdal (SNF)
  • Researcher Frode Skjeret (SNF)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Rasmus Noss Bang (SNF)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Yuanming Ni (SNF)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Tigist Woldetsadik Sommeno (SNF)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Xiurou Wu (SNF)
  • Professor Endre Bjørndal (NHH/SNF)
  • Professor Mette Bjørndal (NHH/SNF)
  • Professor Gunnar Eskeland (NHH/SNF)
  • Professor Daniel Gordon (University of Calgary/SNF)
  • Associate Professor Corbett Grainger (University of Wisconsin-Madison/SNF)
  • Professor Rögnvaldur Hannesson (NHH/SNF)
  • Data scientist Yuanhao Li (Mowi/SNF)
  • Professor Michael Paul Morreau (University of Tromsø/SNF)
  • Professor Linda Nøstbakken (SSB/NHH/SNF)
  • Professor Leif K. Sandal (NHH/SNF)
  • Professor Stein Ivar Steinshamn (NHH/SNF)
  • Associate Professor Hans-Martin Straume (Norwegian Business School/SNF)