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Mari Skåra Helliesen

Senior Researcher

+47 56 10 76 76
Nygårdsgaten 112, 5008 Bergen, Norway

I have a PhD in comparative politics from the University of Bergen. In my thesis "Representative Democracy and Climate Change," I studied attitudes towards climate policy issues among the public and elected officials in Norway. I examined how representative democracy is when it comes to the climate issue, and found that there is overall congruence, but the preferences of certain groups are better represented than others.

My research is mainly based on survey data. I have been an active member in the climate and environment group in the Norwegian Citizen Panel since 2015 and I contributed to the creation of the Panel of Elected Representatives in 2018, which includes elected officials at the municipal, county, and national levels. Both panels are run by DIGSSCORE at UiB.

My research interests include attitudes towards climate change and climate policies, as well as political mobilization, participation, and representation.