Bård is interested in the relationship between international climate politics, national climate policy, and scientific expertise. 

With a background in sociology and Science and Technology Studies, Bård focuses on the tension between scientific expertise and democratic decision-making. His research interests include the UN climate change negotiations, equity in climate politics, forests and REDD+, and Norwegian climate policy.

Bård has a long track-record as a practicioner in Norwegian and international climate politics, and has followed the UNFCCC negotiations for more than ten years on behalf of a number of Norwegian environmental NGOs. He serves on the board of the Minor Foundation for Major Challenges, and has been a board member at the Sophie Prize, the Development Fund, and Friends of the Earth Norway.