Marianne Riddervold is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Inland School of Economics and Social Sciences at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and at the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs, NUPI. She is also a Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies. Riddervold holds a PhD in Political Science from ARENA – Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo, where she previously was employed as a postdoctoral fellow and a researcher.
Marianne Riddervold's professional interests include International relations, European integration and institutions, transatlantic relations, European foreign and security policy, international crisis management, maritime security policy, and theory development within the study of international relations and European integration
At the moment, Riddervold is involved in three projects:
1. Transatlantic Relations in times of Uncertainty. Drivers and Mechanisms of EU-US relations (TransAt)
TransAt is a three-year project (2019-2021) financed by the Norwegian Research Council. The project is led by Marianne Riddervold at INN (also Bent Sofus Tranøy, Ole Gunnar Austvik, Amund Botillen) in cooperation with the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies (Akasemi Newsome), the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI - Pernille Rieker and Nina Græger), the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (Amund Lundesgaard), KU Leuven (Kolja Raube, Stephan Kaukeleire, Jan Wouters) and expert partners Mai’a K. Davis Cross, Mike Smith and Pawel Karolewski. NUPI and IFS are national partners.
Transatlantic relations have been a key feature of international relations since the end of the second world war, forming the very core of what is often referred to as the ‘International Liberal Order’. In light of the multiple crises potentially challenging EU unity on a variety of fronts and a changing US foreign policy orientation, scholars and observers have started to question the strength of this relationship. Adding further to the uncertainty that characterizes current EU-US relations, the two are interacting within a more volatile international environment and what has been referred to as a changing world order. Against this background, TransAt will investigate and seek to understand if, how and why EU-US foreign policy relations are affected by a context of EU crises, US foreign policy changes and a more uncertain geopolitical environment. To address these questions, we conduct qualitative, comparative analyses across a broad range of carefully selected cases in the two key thematic areas of EU-US foreign policy relations: EU-US security relations and EU-US relations in multilateral institutions. Cases in the first include EU-US security relations in dealings with Russia and China over territorial disputes and on security issues in Africa and the Mena region. We also explore developments in naval burden sharing between the US and European states in the North Atlantic.In the second thematic area, we analyse EU and US interactions within multilateral settings, exploring EU and US perspectives on UN reform, discussions on new regulations within the International Monetary Fund framework, EU-US interactions and cooperation within the NATO structure, and EU-US relations on issues of the future regulation of the Arctic region.TransAt will add new empirical knowledge on EU-US foreign and security relations and on EU foreign and security policy cooperation. We also add important analytical insights into the driving forces and mechanisms underlying EU-US relations and EU foreign and security policy developments.
For more, see the TransAt web page
2. Balancing between integration and autonomy Understanding the drivers and mechanisms of EU’s foreign, security and defense policy (EUFLEX)
INN and Marianne Riddervold are also partners in the NUPI led EUFLEX project, financed by the Norwegian Reserch Council (2019-2021).
For more, see the EUFLEX webpage
3. Great Power Cooperation, Conflict and Interaction in the Global Commons
Akasemi Newsome at the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies and Marianne Riddervold coordinate the project ‘Cooperation, conflict and interaction in the Global Commons’). Mai’a K. Davis Cross and Denise Garcia (Northeastern University), Marianne Takle (NOVA), Nina Kelsey (Georgetown), Kristi Govella (University of Hawai'i), and Kaija Schilde, Julie Klinger and Lori Noora (Boston University) are also partners in the project. The project explores international and transnational relations in the Global Common areas – the areas of the world who do not belong to any one state, i.e. outer space, the atmosphere, the high seas and the poles. project will contribute to theory development and new empirical knowledge by 1) developing an analytical framework for studies of foreign and security policies towards the future organization of non-territorial areas, 2) applying this in comparative studies of the EU’s and existing and emerging powers’ (the United States (US), China and Russia) foreign and security policies towards issues falling under these areas and their interaction with other actors in these domains. 2018-19 project events have been financed by the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Grant.