Inge-Merete Hougaard

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research areas and keywords


  • Political Ecology, resource rights, state-making, landscape change, politics of recognition, ethnic recognition, territoriality, discourse, Environmental justice, climate politics, negative emissions


With a PhD in Political Ecology and a background in Development Studies and Public Administration, I study the everyday politics of the distribution of environmental goods and ‘bads’. My main research interests revolve around access and right to land and resources, climate politics, landscape change, state-making, collective territories, and the politics of recognition.

Currently, my research focusses on climate politics and the role of negative emissions. In the project, we explore the promise negative emissions holds for future carbon reductions, and the risk this implies in terms of delaying or deterring climate mitigation efforts. Focussing on Scandinavia, I explore the discursive and material manifestations of the carbon dioxide removal (CDR) practices of biochar and industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS). Combining political ecology with science and technology studies (STS), I am particularly interested in the temporalities that are mobilised, the spatialities and infrastructures that are envisioned, and the socio-technical imaginaries that tie up with state-making and national identity, as well as the way in which negative emissions are enacted.

In my research, I take a qualitative approach and have experience with ethnographic methods, interviews, participatory observations, document reviews, surveys, as well as audio-visual methods.   

Recent research outputs

Inge Merete Hougaard & Vélez-Torres, I., 2020 Oct 1, In : Geoforum. 115, p. 81-89 9 p.

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