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Dr. Rachel G. Tiller, Senior Research Scientist

SINTEF Ocean, Department of Seafood Technology, Section for Circular Bioeconomy

 Dr. Tiller holds a PhD in Political Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), with a focus on marine and coastal interdisciplinary research at all levels of analysis, from local stakeholder perceptions to international management regimes.

Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller (2010), “New Resources in Old Waters: The Potential of National and International Conflicts Deriving from the Future Harvest of Calanus finmarchicus”. Trondheim: Department of Sociology and Political Science, Doctoral thesis at NTNU 2010:125

Her expertise is in institutions, regime interplay, governance, policy mitigation and stakeholder participation, stakeholder driven future scenario building and qualitative based/quantitative output methodologies.

She is part of the Circular Bioeconomy section at SINTEF Ocean, and is an associated researcher with the SINTEF Center for Clean Ocean Research group. She is Project Manager and Work Package Leader for a number of international and national research projects. In addition, she is the Norwegian representative on the Management Committee of the COST Action: CA15217 – Ocean Governance for Sustainability and the Cluster Leader of the Earth System Governance (ESG) Oceans Taskforce cluster “Conflict and Diplomacy”, where she is also a Senior Research Fellow.


  • PhD Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) (2010)
  • M.A. Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) (2005)
  • B.A. Summa Cum Laude Political Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (1999)


  • Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF Ocean
  • Visiting Scholar, Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Visiting Scholar, Rice University


Fulbright Arctic Chair Award 2018-2019; project name: “Evaluating the BBNJ treaty as a global political solution to plastic pollution in areas beyond national jurisdiction, with a special focus on the Arctic Ocean”

Fulbright Scholar 2011-2012; project name: Balancing Competing Claims to Coastal and Inland Water Resources: Comparing California on the US West Coast with the Norwegian Experience

Leiv Eiriksson Mobility Grant 2011-2012; The Norwegian Research Council


  1. Bailey, Jennifer Leigh; Tiller, Rachel Gjelsvik; Otterstad, Oddmund; and Tretvik, Aud Mikkelsen (2008). “Raudåte – redning eller ruin?”. Tapir Akademisk Forlag (ISBN 978-82-519-2281-4) 160 s.


  1. Elizabeth Nyman, Elizabeth De Santo , Elizabeth Mendenhall and Rachel Tiller (2018). «71 countries are negotiating a new biodiversity treaty. Here’s what you need to know.» — Washington Post, Monkey Cage, September 19th 2018.
  2. Tiller, Rachel (2018). «Manetslim skal fange mikroplast i havet» – -Aftenposten, May 8th 2018
  3. Tiller, Rachel (2018). «Nei, offshorefartøy kan ikke rense havet for plast» – -Aftenposten, February 10th 2018
  4. Tiller, Rachel (2018). «To fluer i én smekk!» – FiskeribladetFiskaren, January 10th 2018
  5. Tiller, Rachel (2018). «Vi må tenke stort om plast i havet» – Adresseavisen, January 5th 2018
  6. Tiller, Rachel (2017). “Felles arv, eller først til mølla”. Maritimt Magasin – Politikk (s. 8), mai 2017.
  7. Tiller, Rachel (2016). “Vi kan faktisk ikke shoppe oss til en bedre verden“. Aftenposten Debatt, 5th July 2016.
  8. Tiller, Rachel (2016). “Polarisert Klimadebatt“. FiskeribladetFiskaren Biomening, 27th April 2016.
  9. Tiller, Rachel (2016). “Klimajokeren”. FiskeribladetFiskaren Biomening, 15th August 2015.
  10. Bailey, Jennifer; Tiller, Rachel (2011). “En fiskehistorie”. Adresseavisen, May 12th 2011.


  • Earth System Governance Project: Senior Research Fellow
  • International Studies Association; Web Master of the ISA’s Environmental Studies Section: ESS
  • The Harold and Margaret Sprout Award; Committee member 2015-2017
  • Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association: Outreach Committee 2018-2019
  • Frontiers in Marine Science: Marine Fisheries, Aquaculture and Living Resources: Associate Editor
  • Frontiers in arine Science: Marine Affairs and Policy: Review Editor

REVIEWER for the following publications