About

The long and the short of it

portrait_cop21-3Bjørnar Egede-Nissen is a Norwegian researcher living in Canada. He has an M.A. from the Balsillie School of International Affairs and is currently working on his PhD dissertation in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. Bjørnar has specialized in international relations, comparative politics and global environmental politics and his dissertation – the topic of which is still evolving – is likely to be on the politics of coalitions in international climate change negotiations. Previously, for his master’s degree, he worked on the governance of geoengineering (read more about that in his blog). In general, his interests concern international politics and sustainable development. He has also worked at the International Institute for Sustainable Development as a research assistant, researching how internet and communication technology can be used to better the lives of people and improve the health of the global environment. Bjørnar also has a loving wife, Jenna, who sustains him during the arderous journey to a PhD, and an adorable son, Sebastian, born in late 2011. They currently live in Toronto, Ontario.

Pronunciation Key

It's no secret that my name does not pronounce well in English. Here's a quick guide for the adventurous. Try to pronounce every letter distinctly.

B — as in ‘beer’
J — as in ‘yes’
Ø — as in ‘bird’. Familiar to some as Ö.
RN — as in ‘harness’
A — as in 'Narnia’
R — a rolling R. Open this small sound file to hear how it's pronounced.

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