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Ståle Knudsen | Engaging Resources
New Anthropological Perspectives on Natural Resource Environments

Ståle Knudsen

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Bergen
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Associate Professor Ståle Knudsen holds a PhD in social anthropology (2001) and has researched Turkish Black Sea fisheries for 20 years. This research has covered issues such as knowledge, technology, science, consumption, state policies, poverty and common pool resources and has been published in the journals Human Ecology, Human Organization, International Journal of Middle East Studies, and in the book Fishers and Scientists in Modern Turkey: The Management of Natural Resources, Knowledge and Identity on the Eastern Black Sea Coast (Berghahn 2009). Since 2004 he has been involved in interdisciplinary work related to the management of European seas and he is currently leading a working group on the Black Sea as part of an EU-funded project entitled Knowledge-Based Sustainable Management for Europe’s Seas. Knudsen’s main current research interest is the political ecology of biodiversity and introduced species in the Black Sea and beyond.

Selected Publications

Under reviewKnudsen, Ståle, “Materiality and Biodiversity Discourse in Multiple Enactments of a Marine Introduced Species.” Under review with Anthropological Quarterly as part of special issue on ‘resource environments’.
2011Knudsen, Ståle and Hakan Koçak, “Through Boom and Bust. Coping with Poverty in Sea Snail Fisheries on the Turkish Black Sea Coast.” In Svein Jentoft og Arne Eide (eds.), Poverty Mosaics. Realities and Prospecs in Small Scale Fisheries. Springer, 221-249.
2010 Knudsen, Ståle, Mustafa Zengin and Hakan Koçak, “Identifying Drivers for Fishing Pressure. A Multidisciplinary Study of Trawl and Sea Snail Fisheries in Samsun, Black Sea Coast of Turkey.” Ocean and Coastal Management.
2009Fishers and Scientists in Modern Turkey. The Management of Natural Resources, Knowledge and Identity on the Eastern Black Sea Coast. Oxford: Berghahn Books, p. 304.
2008Knudsen, Ståle and Hege Toje, “Post-Soviet Transformations in Russian and Ukrainian Black Sea Fisheries. Socio-economic Dynamics and Property Relations.” Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 8(1): 17-32.
2008Knudsen, Ståle, “Ethical Know-how and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Small Scale Fisheries on the Eastern Black Sea Coast of Turkey.” Human Ecology – An Interdisciplinary Journal, 36(1): 29-41.
2007Knudsen, Ståle, “A Comparative Overview of Academic Discourse on Indigenous Knowledge in the Middle East and Africa.” I E. Boon and L. Hens (eds) Indigenous knowledge systems and sustainable development: Relevance for Africa. Delhi: Kamla-Raj Enterprises.
2006Knudsen, Ståle, “Between Life Giver and Leisure. Identity Negotiation Through Seafood in Turkey.” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 38(3).
2004Knudsen, Ståle, “From Tax to Proteins. State Fishery Policy and the Disregard of Tradition in Turkey.” Middle Eastern Studies, 40(5).
2003Knudsen, Ståle, “Situating Technology. Confrontations Over the Use of Sonar Among Turkish Fishermen and Marine Scientists,” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 2(2).