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Sissel Hovik

Sissel Hovik


Political scientist from the University of Oslo, with a Dr. polit degree from 2001. Between 1986 and 2009, she worked as a researcher at Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research. From 2009 employed at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences as an associated professor in organization and management, from May 2015 as a professor.
Key research interests are 1) Central – local relations, decentralization and local implementation of national environmental policy, 2) Local nature resource management. Studies of local governance and institutional design in relation to sustainable management of common pool resources and 3) Meta governance and collaborative management of multi level governance networks in environmental policy and planning.
Teaching in public policy and administration, collaborative management and social science methods.

Fields of study

Academic disciplines

Political science and organisational theory

Subject areas

Environmentalism   Governance   Intergovernmental relations   Local administration and policy   Multi level governance   Collaborative management   Participation


The Nordic Countries



Research projects


Cooperate with Universidad Complutence de Madrid, RMIT Melbourne and the Work Research Institute in the DEMUDIG Project (Democratic Urban Development in the Digital Age). Cooperation with Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research on water governance.

Scientific publications

Hovik, Sissel (2019). Integrated Water Quality Governance and Sectoral Responsibility: The EU Water Framework Directive’s Impact on Agricultural Sector Policies in Norway. 18 p. Water . Vol. 11.

Høgmo, Hanne C.; Lorentzen, Helga Ruus; Hovik, Sissel (2019). "... og hekken vokste kjempehøy …" - Om virkemidler for bekjempelse av fremmede arter i Norge. Nordisk Administrativt Tidsskrift . Vol. 95.

Hovik, Sissel; Hongslo, Eirin (2017). Balancing Local Interests and National Conservation Obligations in Nature Protection. The Case of Local Management Boards in Norway. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management . Vol. 60.

Hanssen, Gro Sandkjær; Hovik, Sissel; Indset, Marthe; Klausen, Jan Erling; Stokke, Knut Bjørn (2016). Implementing EUs Water Framework Directive in Norway: Can the New River Basin Districts Ensure Environmental Policy Integration?. 25 p. International Journal of Water Governance. Vol. 4.

Hovik, Sissel; Hanssen, Gro Sandkjær (2016). Implementing the EU Water Framework Directive in Norway: Bridging the Gap Between Water Management Networks and Elected Councils?. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning . Vol. 18.

Hongslo, Eirin; Hovik, Sissel; Zachrisson, Anna; Aasen Lundberg, Aase Kristine (2016). Decentralization of conservation management in Norway and Sweden—different translations of an international trend. Society & Natural Resources . Vol. 29.

Hovik, Sissel; Hanssen, Gro Sandkjær (2015). The impact of network management and complexity on multi-level coordination. Public Administration . Vol. 93.

Hovik, Sissel; Naustdalslid, Jon; Reitan, Marit; Muthanna, Tone Merete (2014). Adaptation to Climate Change – Professional Networks and Reinforcing Institutional Environments. Environment and Planning. C, Government and Policy . Vol. 33.

Hanssen, Gro Sandkjær; Hovik, Sissel; Hundere, Gunn Cecilie (2014). Den nye vannforvaltningen. Nettverksstyring i skyggen av hierarki. Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift . Vol. 30.

Falleth, Eva; Hovik, Sissel (2013). Regional planlegging i villreinens rike i Setesdalsheiene. Tidsskriftet UTMARK .

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete