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Mikkel is a social scientist specialized in energy research from a qualitative perspective
His BA, MA and PhD degrees are all from the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. He has also been a visiting researcher at the Department of Anthropology at Durham University.
Mikkel speaks fluent Nepali and his research is based from on work in Nepal, making up a combined eighteen months of field research, using participant observation and interviews as methods. This has led to investigations of the impact of electricity shortage on a textile industry (MA), as well as the broader social and political impacts of regimes of energy distribution (PhD), showing how energy access becomes entangled with state relations, infrastructural (in)stability, and development.
Before joining CICERO he worked as a senior lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology in Oslo.