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Stina Torjesen

Associate Professor

9I158 ( Universitetsveien 19, Kristiansand )

Stina Torjesen holds a BA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MPhil and DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford. She served previously as a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and worked for the United Nations in Kazakhstan. She has also worked as a project manager in the sustainability consultancy SIGLA.

Stina Torjesen has co-edited books published by, among others, Routledge and Springer. The article ‘Towards a theory of ex-combatant reintegration’ in the journal Stability: International journal of security and development has around 1000 downloads. Other articles have featured in journals such as Conflict, Security and Development (Taylor & Francis), Central Asia Survey (Taylor & Francis) and and Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (Taylor & Francis). Stina Torjesen also has an entry on the usefulness of mobile phones in post-conflict reconstruction phases at the Stanford Social Innovations Reveiw Blog and she is the author of numerous policy reports. Along with a number of UiA colleagues, Stina Torjesen is contributing to a major research project on batteries (Lithium ion BATteries - Norwegian opportunities within sustainable end-of-life MANagement, reuse and new material streams, BATMAN), which runs from 2019 to 2022.

Stina Torjesen successfully coordinated the UiA School of Business and Law’s accreditation process with the AACSB International (awarded March 2019). She served as Senior Editor at the International Journal of Emerging Markets (Emerald) from 2014 to 2017, and she has previously served as a board member at Polyteknisk Forening (group on international politics and economics) and with the Oslo Labour Party Internasjonalt Forum. For the period 2017-2019 she has been appointed member of the Labour Party's Internasjonalt Utvalg at the national level.

In 2019 Stina Torjesen was invited to do a blog post at the London School of Economic's blog South Asia @ LSE. She was also selected to serve in the main program committee for the major Norwegian political fair Arendalsuka from 2020 onwards.

Courses and teaching

Teaching includes:

  • Sustainable Industries (Executive education)
  • Culture and Ethics (in Master of Science, International Management)
  • International Political Economy
  • International Politics

Academic interests

Stina Torjesen conducts research on the themes: economic and political developments in post-conflict societies (Tajikistan and Afghanistan as main cases); the regional affairs of Central and South Asia; and the turn towards sustainability and circular economy principles in the industries of southern Norway.  


  • Leader of UIA research group Emerging Markets
  • Contributor to EU H2020 project COMRADES (Collective Platform for Community Resilience and Social Innovation during Crises)

Scientific publications

  • Sharma, Pooja; Kolhe, Mohan Lal; Torjesen, Stina; Sharma, Arvind (2022). Role of Subsidies for PV Solar Installations in India: A Cost–Benefit Analysis. Smart Technologies for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Vol 1. ISBN: 978-981-16-6875-3. Springer. 30. s 369 - 380.
  • Birkeland, Terese; Gänzle, Stefan; Torjesen, Stina (2021). The Making of a European Union Strategy for Central Asia: Towards ‘Normalization’ in Foreign Policy?. European Foreign Affairs Review. ISSN: 1384-6299. 26 (3). s 377 - 396.
  • Bragdø-Ellenes, Sunniva Cristina; Torjesen, Stina (2020). Diplomatisk hodebry: internasjonale reaksjoner på kontroversielle avgjørelser i norsk barnevern. Internasjonal Politikk. ISSN: 0020-577X. 78 (1). s 1 - 31. doi:10.23865/intpol.v78.1069.
  • Shneor, Rotem; Torjesen, Stina (2020). Ethical Considerations in Crowdfunding. Advances in Crowdfunding: Research and Practice. ISBN: 978-3-030-46309-0. Palgrave Macmillan. 8. s 161 - 182.
  • Comes, Tina; Meesters, Kenny; Torjesen, Stina (2017). Making sense of crises: the implications of information asymmetries for resilience and social justice in disaster-ridden communities’. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. ISSN: 2378-9689. 4 (3). s 124 - 136. doi:10.1080/23789689.2017.1405653.
  • Basit, Saira; Torjesen, Stina; MacFarlane, Neil (2018). China in Pakistan and the wider region: A cautiousbut effective leader?. Contemporary South Asia. ISSN: 0958-4935. 27 (1). s 1 - 26. doi:10.1080/09584935.2018.1557109.
  • Torjesen, Stina; Landmark, Karen (2016). Commitment to sustainability in Agder. Applied social science research in a regional knowledge system. ISBN: 978-1-4724-8782-7. Routledge. 16. s 267 - 273.
  • Landmark, Karen; Rodvelt, Marianne; Torjesen, Stina (2015). Agder as Mutual Competence Builders: Developing Sustainability as a Competitive Advantage. Higher Education in a Sustainable Society. ISBN: 978-3-319-15918-8. Springer. 12. s 197 - 205.
  • Johnsen, Hans Christian Garmann; Torjesen, Stina; Ennals, Richard (2015). The Challenge of Mutual Competence Building. Higher Education in a Sustainable Society. ISBN: 978-3-319-15918-8. Springer. 16. s 259 - 270.
  • Torjesen, Stina (2013). Towards a theory of ex-combatant reintegration. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development. ISSN: 2165-2627. 2 (3).
  • Torjesen, Stina (2012). Transitions from war to peace: stratification, inequality and post-war economic reconstruction. Political economy of statebuilding : power after peace. ISBN: 978-0-415604789. Routledge. Kapittelnummer 4.
  • Øverland, Indra; Torjesen, Stina; Kjærnet, Heidi (2010). China ans Russia: partners or firewalls for the Caspian petro-states?. Caspian Energy Politics. ISBN: 978-0415-54916-5. Routledge. Part II Introduction. s 93 - 100.
  • Øverland, Indra; Torjesen, Stina (2010). Just good friends: Kazakhstan's and Turkmenistan's energy relation with Russia. Caspian Energy Politics. ISBN: 978-0415-54916-5. Routledge. 7. s 136 - 149.
  • Flikke, Geir; Torjesen, Stina (2009). EU og NATO: Utvidelse og naboskapspolitikk som sikkerhetspolitiske instrument. Nye utfordringer for europeisk sikkerhetspolitikk. Aktører, instrumenter og operasjoner. ISBN: 9788215013848. Universitetsforlaget. kapittel 8.
  • Torjesen, Stina (2009). New avenues for research in the study of DDR. Conflict, Security and Development. ISSN: 1467-8802. 9 (4). s 411 - 423.
  • Torjesen, Stina; Macfarlane, Stephen Neil (2009). R before D: the case of post conflict reintegration in Tajikistan. Reintegrating Armed Groups After Conflict. ISBN: 978-0415476652. Routledge. Kapittelnummer 2. s 47 - 66.
  • Torjesen, Stina (2009). Russia as a military great power: the uses of CSTO and SCO in Central Asia. The Multilateral Dimension in Russian Foreign Policy. ISBN: 978-0-415-47199-2. Routledge. Kapittelnummer 12.
  • Torjesen, Stina (2009). Russia, the CIS and the EEC: Finally getting it right?. The Multilateral Dimension in Russian Foreign Policy. ISBN: 978-0-415-47199-2. Routledge. kapittelnummer 10. s 153 - 162.
  • Kjærnet, Heidi; Torjesen, Stina; Satpaev, Dosym (2008). 'Big Business and High-level Politics in Kazakhstan: An Everlasting Symbiosis?. China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly. ISSN: 1653-4212. 6 (1). s 95 - 107.
  • Torjesen, Stina (2008). Big Business and High-level Politics in Kazakhstan: An Everlasting Symbiosis?. China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly. ISSN: 1653-4212. 7 (2). s 95 - 107.
  • Muggah, Robert; Berdal, Mats; Torjesen, Stina (2008). Conclusion. Security and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. ISBN: 9780415460545. Routledge. Konklusjon.
  • Macfarlane, Stephen Neil; Torjesen, Stina (2005). Awash with weapons? The case of small arms in Kyrgyzstan. Central Asian Survey. ISSN: 0263-4937. 24 (1).
  • Torjesen, Stina; Macfarlane, Stephen Neal (2005). R before D: the case of post-conflict reintegration in Tajikistan. Conflict, Security and Development. ISSN: 1467-8802. 7 (2).
  • Bieler, Andreas; Torjesen, Stina (2001). Strenght through unity? A comparative analysis of splits in the Austrian, Swedish and Norwegian trade unions over EU membership. Social forces in the new Europe: the restructuring of European social relations in the global political economy. ISBN: 9780333913215. Palgrave Macmillan. Kapittelnummer 6.
  • Gabrielli, Kim Noguera; Torjesen, Stina (2017). Sosialdemokratisk utenrikspolitikk i Trumps verden. ISBN: 9788269047011. Form Forlag AS. s 151.
  • Johnsen, Hans Christian Garmann; Torjesen, Stina; Ennals, Richard (2015). Higher Education in a Sustainable Society. ISBN: 978-3-319-15918-8. Springer. s 288.
  • Rowe, Elana Tovah Wilson; Torjesen, Stina (2009). The Multilateral Dimension in Russian Foreign Policy. ISBN: 978-0-415-47199-2. Routledge. s 225.
  • Anker, Morten; Baev, Pavel; Brunstad, Bjørn; Øverland, Indra; Torjesen, Stina (2010). The Caspian Sea Region towards 2025. ISBN: 978-90-5972-361-0. Eburon Academic Publishers. s 153.
  • Birkeland, Terese; Torjesen, Stina (2020). Batteriverdikjeden, Prosess 21 ekspertnotat.

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