Frank Sejersen

Frank Sejersen

Associate Professor

Current research

My current research project (together with Jesper Lee Jyderup) focuses on the cultural aspects and drivers of a decarbonization of Copenhagen’s food system. The project critically explores how sustainabilityoriented food entrepreneurs together with incumbent actors operate in what we coin as ‘transition-driven partnerships’ (TDP) aiming at innovating and accelerating the advancement of sustainable urban food systems. The research aim is to further sustainability transitions theory by drawing upon cross-cultural approaches and urban studies in order to develop theoretical concepts, analytical strategies and empirical insights that advances the understanding of TDPs and the transformative potentials of food entrepreneurs in urban transitions to low-carbon cities. Hence, the project employs an explorative mixed method approach to investigate how new green norms and food practices emerge in TDPs, and how TDPs manage to translate these green norms and practices into larger cultural systems such as an urban foodsystem.

Primary fields of research

Cultural studies of societal transformations in Greenland and Canada based on cross-cultural methods and theory inspired by political ecology and perspectives from environmental humanities. Eight fields of problems have my particular interest:

1. Sustainability transition (green transition) and urban food systems
2. Industrialization and extractive industries
3. Climate change and adaptation strategies
4. Use and management of natural resources (sustainability and biodiversity)
5. Indigenous peoples' rights and self-governance
6. The Arctic research history
7. Urbanisation and migration
8. Economic strategies, innovation, value creation and the growth imperative


  • Cross-cultural analysis
  • Value creation, innovation and resource perceptions
  • History of anthropological theory
  • Qualitative methods
  • Organizational theory
  • Cultural analysis
  • Industrialization
  • Globalization
  • Ethnicity
  • Politics and economy
  • Environmental management and knowledge regimes
  • Traditional and contemporary cultural and social issues in the Arctic (eg social organization, exchange, economy and land rights).

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Rethinking Greenland and the Arctic in the Era of Climate Change: New Northern Horizons

    Sejersen, Frank, 3 Apr 2015, London & New York: Routledge. 235 p. (Earthscan Science in Society Series).

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published
  3. Published

    Klimatilpasning og skaleringspraksisser

    Sejersen, Frank, 2014, Klima og mennesker: Humanistiske perspektiver på klimaforandringer. Sørensen, M. & Eskjær, M. F. (eds.). København: Museum Tusculanum, p. 59-79 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Resilience, human agency and climate change adaptation strategies in the Arctic

    Sejersen, Frank, 2009, In: Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab. Historisk-Filosofiske Meddelelser. 106, p. 218-244

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Mobility, climate change and social dynamics in the Arctic: the creation of new horizons of expectation and the role of the community

    Sejersen, Frank, 21 Aug 2012, Climate change and human mobility: global challenges to the social sciences. Hastrup, K. & Olwig, K. F. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 225-254 30 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. Referencegruppen for Polarforskningskonferencen 2015 (External organisation)

    Sejersen, Frank (Member)

    23 Mar 201523 Mar 2016

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in committee, council, board

  2. Baggrundsgruppe for CreoDKs arktiske satsning ifht Horizon 2020 (External organisation)

    Sejersen, Frank (Member)

    1 Jan 20151 Jan 2016

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in committee, council, board

  3. Sustainability Science Centre (External organisation)

    Sejersen, Frank (Member)

    1 Jul 201031 Dec 2014

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in committee, council, board

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