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Fay Madeleine Farstad

University of Bergen

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Fay Farstad is an Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, Norway. Her research interests cover comparative environmental and climate politics and policy, also at the EU level. A particular focus area is the role of political parties. She is the Principal Investigator of a Researcher Project for Young Talents funded by the Norwegian Research Council called “Political Parties and Climate Change: Positions, Polarisation and Policy Relevance”. Fay has a PhD from the University of York and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge. Previous positions include CICERO Center for International Climate Research, the University of Sheffield and the University of York. Fay also has several years experience from government, both from DEFRA in the UK and the Norwegian Environment Agency.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Norway United Kingdom

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Fossil fuels Renewable energy Public opinion

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Fossum, J.E., Lord, C., Farstad, F.M., Farsund, A.A., Leiren, M.D, Olsen, E.D.H, Riddervold, M. Saltnes, J.D., Svendsen, Ø. and Trondal, J. (2023) Norway’s EU Experience and Lessons for the UK: On Autonomy and Wriggle Room (Oxford: Routledge)

Farstad, F.M. and Aasen, M. (2023) Climate change doesn’t win you a climate election: party competition in the 2021 Norwegian general election Environmental Politics, 32(4): 732-742

Tobin, P., Farstad, F.M., and Tosun, J. (2023) Intermediating climate change: the evolving strategies, interactions and impacts of neglected “climate intermediaries” Policy Studies, 44(5): 555-571

Farstad, F.M. et al. (2023) Metagoverning through intermediaries: the role of the Norwegian “Klimasats” Fund in translating national climate goals to local implementation Policy Studies, 44(5): 646-665

Farstad, F.M. et al. (2022) Explaining radical policy change: Norwegian climate policy and the ban on cultivating peatlands Global Environmental Change, 74, 102517

Farstad, F.M. (2019) Does size matter? Comparing the party politics of climate change in Australia and Norway Environmental Politics, 28 (6): 997-1016

Farstad, F.M., Carter, N., & Burns, C. (2018) What does Brexit Mean for the UK’s Climate Change Act? Political Quarterly, 89 (2): 291-297

Farstad, F.M. (2017) What explains variation in parties’ climate change salience? Party Politics, 24 (6):698-707

Carter, N. and Farstad, F.M. (2017) The Greens in the UK general election of 8 June 2017 Environmental Politics, 26 (6): 1152-1156

Farstad, F.M. (2014) The Norwegian Greens: coming in from the cold? Environmental Politics, 23 (6): 1096-1100