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  • Name:   Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær
  • Date of birth:   31 March 1979
  • Adress:   Bóndabrekka 13, 100 Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
  • Mail:   LauB(at)setur.fo 
  • Phone:   +298 292599 
  • Twitter:   @LauBlaxe
  • Qualifications:  
    • PhD in Political Science (University og Copenhagen, 2015)
    • Cand.scient.pol. (University of Copenhagen, 2008)
    • MSc in Asian Politics (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2007)
Language Skills
  • English:    Fluent, TOEFL score equivalent to iBT 115 out of 120.
  • Japanese:        Conversational level.
  • German:        Conversational level.
  • French:        Conversational level.
  • Nordic languages:    Danish mother tongue, fluent in Norwegian and Swedish. Learning Faroese.
Dissemination og knowledge
  • Frequently used guest lecturer, panellist, and commentator (selected performances):
  • Keynote speaker for Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ seminar about green growth, 6 October 2014.
  • Guest lecturer on global climate governance at University of Massachusetts Amherst, 13 March 2014.
  • Panelist at Asian Development Bank’s official launch of Asian Development Outlook 2013, 19 April 2013.
Professional experience
  • 2014-2017    Postdoc and Coordinator of Master’s programme in West Nordic Studies, Governance and Sustainable Management, Department of History and Social Sciences, University of the Faroe Islands. Developed programme curriculum and core courses.
  • June 2015    Lecturer, Graduate course on China and climate politics, Sino-Danish Centre for Resarch and Education, Beijing, China (with Prof. Jørgen Delman, University of Copenhagen).
  • 2008-2011    Head of Section, Danish University and Property Agency, Danish Ministry of Science.
  • 2006-2008    Research Assistant, NIAS, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.
  • 2007-    Co-founder and co-owner of online merchandise company, Yourdesign I/S.
  • 2002-2005    Student counsellor at Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.
  • 2000    Elementary school teacher (full time), Eskildstrup Skole, Falster.
Research Management and Fieldwork Experience
  • Sep 2015-Dec 2016    Project member of Nordic Higher Education group developing a Sustainability Literacy Test, responsible for developing test questions for the Faroe Islands.
  • Jan 2014-Aug 2016    Project manager: Green Growth Dialogue. Purpose is to establish a new research network, strengthen green growth dialogue and policy development in the West Nordic region, and strengthen collaboration between West Nordic universities and Canadian research communities. The project is partly funded by NORA (Nordic Atlantic Cooperation).
  • Jan-Oct 2015    Project leader: Building Bridges with the African Group of Negotiators. Commissioned by Nordic Council of Ministers working group on UN climate negotiations (NOAK). Collaboration between five researchers from Sweden, Norway, UK, and the Faroe Islands.
  • Apr-Nov 2014    Project member: Policy analysis of The Like-Minded Developing Countries in Climate Change, a new negotiation group in UN climate negotiations, Commissioned by Nordic Council of Ministers working group on UN climate negotiations (NOAK). Collaboration between seven researchers from Sweden, Norway, USA, China, and Denmark.
  • 2011-2015    Fieldwork at COP17-21, South Africa, Qatar, Poland, Peru, Paris, and negotiations in Bonn, June 2014. Conducted interviews with several delegations, experts, practitioners. Specifically followed negotiations on post-2015 agreement. Collected material on negotiations and also green growth. Networking. Academic Result: Four academic papers and two policy reports.
  • Oct 2015    Fieldwork and consultancy, Preparatory meeting in Copenhagen for the Global Green Growth Forum to be held April 2016.
  • Oct 2014    Fieldwork, Global Green Growth Forum 2014, Copenhagen. Conducted interviews and collected materials.
  • June 2013    Co-organised panel on green growth in Asia at Asian Dynamics Initiative’s 5th International Conference: 'Growth: Critical Perspectives from Asia'. University of Copenhagen.
  • 2012-2013    Co-editor of special issue on global climate change.
  • Sep-Dec 2012    Developed Master’s course (with Prof. Jens Hoff) on climate change politics from global to local level, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.
  • 2011-2012    Elected member and vice-chair of the Department PhD Committee and Board of the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Member of the Academic Board on PhD Education, University of Copenhagen.
  • Nov 2011    Fieldwork, EU Commission and Parliament, Brussels, Belgium. Interviews and conference participation. Networking.
  • Oct 2011    Fieldwork, Global Green Growth Forum 2011, Copenhagen. Conducted interviews and collected materials.
  • 2011-    Co-founder and President (Vice-president since 2013), Danish Research Network on Climate Politics.
  • 2011-    Member of Steering Committee, Centre for European Politics, University of Copenhagen.
  • 2008-2011    As Head of Section, Ministry of Science, I was project manager on several projects: Committee on digitisation of university exams; International conference on IT and innovative learning environments; The National Food Forum (Det Nationale Fødevareforum). I also participated in other projects: Establishment of Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research; International Evaluation of Danish Universities 2009 (focus on innovation and public-private partnerships).
  • 2008    Research assistant on Jørgen Delman & Chen, Nordic Opportunities for Collaboration with China in Energy Research and Innovation, NIAS og Nordisk Energiforskning.
  • 2007    Research assistant on Delman, Jørgen & Stig Toft Madsen, Nordic Triple Helix Collaboration on Knowledge, Innovation, and Business Development in China and India, NIAS.