Julia Olsen



Senior Researcher, Nordland Research Institute

Planned fieldwork on Svalbard: Summer 2021

Contact: jol@nforsk.no

Sustainable tourism on Svalbard: A Balancing Act, led by Grete k. Hovelsrud

Julia Olsen is an Associate Professor in Environmental Sociology at Nord University and a senior researcher at Nordland Research Institute in Bodø, Norway. In her PhD she examined the impacts of increasing ship traffic in the Arctic on the local community of Longyearbyen. She also worked in a research project that examined the Norwegian fishers attitudes and practices towards marine litter in the Barents Sea that has indirect implications for Svalbard. Currently Julia is involved in two scientific projects: A Balancing Act and FACE-IT. A Balancing Act explores how co-production of knowledge and strategies can contribute to developing a sustainable tourism sector in Svalbard in the future. FACE-IT aims to enable adaptive co-management of social-ecological fjord systems in the Arctic in the face of rapid cryosphere and biodiversity changes.


Olsen, J., Hovelsrud, G. K., & Kaltenborn, B. P. (2020). Increasing Shipping in the Arctic and Local Communities’ Engagement: A Case from Longyearbyen on Svalbard. In E. Pongrácz, V. Pavlov, & N. Hänninen (Eds.), Arctic Marine Sustainability: Arctic Maritime Businesses and the Resilience of the Marine Environment (pp. 305-331). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28404-6_14


Hovelsrud, G. K., Olsen, J., Nilsson, A. E., Kaltenborn, B., & Lebel, J. (2023). Managing Svalbard Tourism: Inconsistencies and Conflicts of Interest. Arctic Review on Law and Politics, 14, 86–106. https://doi.org/10.23865/arctic.v14.5113