Maren Aase


Email: Tel: + 47 - 22 85 87 28 Cell: + 47 995 79 146. SUM's address. Home address: Grønland, Oslo, Norway.





Demokrati på indisk. Oslo: Unipub, 2010:

The Poverty and Development (PAD) Seminar Series


Fields of interest

  • Poverty, inequality, vulnerability
  • Hunger and malnutrition;
  • Human development & rights
  • Disasters and vulnerability;
  • Cyclones and cyclone Sidr;
  • Rights issues in humanitarian relief;
  • Democratisation and public action
  • Capability approach;
  • Development theory and ethics
  • The works of Prof. Amartya Sen

Regional focus

  • South Asia (India & Bangladesh, the Bengal Region)

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Thesis and publications

  • Ph.D. dissertation: Rights in Relief: HRBA and the Politics of Emergency Aid (ongoing)
  • Aase, M (2010): 'Hvor matnyttig er demokratiet?', Ch. 5 in A.E. Ruud and Geir Heierstad (eds)(2010): Demokrati på indisk. Oslo: Unipub.
  • Aase, M. (2006): Public Action and the Outcast: A Study of Poverty and Malnutrition among Indigenous Women and Children in India. (pdf)

Recent presentations

  • 'What can we learn from those who did not live to tell? Critical perspectives on 'success', 'failure' and disaster deaths', paper presentation, Bangladesh Development Initiatives' Conference: 'Bridging the Policy-Action Divide: Challenges and Prospects for Bangladesh', UC Berkeley, 2013.
  • 'Living at the mouth of the sea, after it swallowed: Perspectives on disaster as an opportunity 5 years after a cyclone', presentation, LEVE Conference: 'Livelihoods in transition and the quest for human well-being', University of Oslo, 2012.

Lectures, workshops etc.

  • Lectures: 'Success Stories of Disaster Survival', SUM4026, 2013; 'Visible and Invisible Disasters: Malnutrition in India and Cyclone in Bangladesh', SUM 4000/SUM4200, 2011 - 2013; 'Hunger'UTV1000, 2007 - 2012; 'Research design', 'Interview techniques' and 'Fieldwork flexibility', UTV2100/UTV3091, 2009 - 2012.
  • Scenario Plays: 'Field Work Dilemma Workshop' (developed with actor Joakim F. Graasvold), SUM 4100, 2012 - 2013. (MA Level); 'Felttrening for ferske feltarbeidere', Development Studies, Uni. of Oslo, 2009 - 2013 (BA level).
  • Workshops/trainings: 'Development Challenges and Global Issues', FK Youth Camp, January 2012 and August 2013; 'Development Issues and Challenges', FK Preparatory Course, 2010 and 2011; 'Poverty and Development: Theory and practise', LNU 'Young Leaders Programme', Lillehammer August, 2006.
  • Moderator: 'Bachelor in development studies - what now?', Fagkritisk Dag, 2008; 'Medicine patents; ensuring or threatening health in the South?, 'U-landsseminaret', 2008.
  • Inspirational talks: 'Hvordan kan kunnskapstørst bekjempe sult?' UiOs Åpen Dag, 2007, Uni. of Oslo; 'What is it, exactly, that a poor person does not have?', Lectures, Nadderud vgs' 'Development Research Seminar', 2009 - 2011.

Previous positions


  • Hunger in perspective, "I kveld", talkshow, NRK2, 6 October 2009.
  • Business ethics and social responsibilites of designers, Snitt 1-08, April, 2008. (pdf)
  • On 'legal empowerment', to Ny Tid, 22 February, 2008. (pdf)
  • Nielsen, K. B. and M. Aase (2007): 'Hodet over vannet?', article, Klassekampen, 28 August, 2007. (pdf)
  • Aase, M. (2005): 'Hva er det de fattige ikke har?', article, Larm magazine, no. 3, 2005. (pdf)
  • Nordgard, J. I. and M. Aase (2005): 'Enkelt og utgreit', debate article, Bistandsaktuelt no. 8, 2005.