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

    Tid i grøn omstilling

    Jyderup, Jesper Lee & Sejersen, Frank, 2 May 2022, 13 p.

    Research output: Working paperResearch

  2. Published

    De samfundsvidenskabelige og humanistiske videnskabers mulige bidrag til omstilling til et mere plantebaseret fødevaresystem. Et refleksionspapir

    Sejersen, Frank, Mørk Hansen, F. & Harold Wulff Ekins, H., 3 Nov 2022, 10 p. København : Green Solution Center.

    Research output: Other contributionCommunication

  3. Published

    The predicament of sustainability: Solutions in Greenland

    Sejersen, Frank, 2021, The Inuit World. Stern, P. (ed.). Routledge, p. 414-431 18 p. (Routledge Worlds).

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

  4. Published

    Brokers of hope: Extractive industries and the dynamics of future-making in post-colonial Greenland

    Sejersen, Frank, 2020, In: Polar Record. 56, E22, p. 1-11 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Moral economy

    Sejersen, Frank, 2022, Critical Studies of the Arctic: Unravelling the North. Lindroth, M., Sinevaara-Niskanen, H. & M., T. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, p. 163-183

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

  6. 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

  7. Published

    Arctic Uchronotopias: Resource extraction, community making and the negotiation of Arctic futures

    Thisted, Kirsten, Sejersen, Frank & Lien, M., 2021, In: Polar Record. 57, p. 1-4 e28.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    The Transformative Power of 'Security' Talk

    Sejersen, Frank, 2021, Breaking Through: Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar North. Greaves, W. & Lackenbauer, P. W. (eds.). University of Toronto Press, p. 237-249 13 p.

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

Selected activities

  1. Center for Applied Ecological Thinking (CAPE) (External organisation)

    Sejersen, Frank (Member)

    1 May 20211 May 2024

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in committee, council, board

  2. Medlem af styregruppen for Living Lab / Green Solution Center UCPH

    Sejersen, Frank (Participant)

    1 Jul 20221 Dec 2022

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

  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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