Geir Hønneland holds a doctorate (dr.polit.) from the University of Oslo and has worked for many years on studies of Russian politics and identity, Arctic politics, and international maritime policy. He has had a particular focus on the relationship between Norway and Russia in the Barents Sea, including Russian perceptions of Norwegian policies. Hønneland was ranked by khrono.no as the most published researcher in the Norwegian institute sector and the most published social scientist outside of economics in Norwegian academia in the period 2012-2016. He has published several books in Norwegian and English, some of which have been translated into other languages, such as Russian and Chinese. Hønneland’s latest book is “Russia and the Arctic: Identity, Environment and Foreign Policy” (2nd edition, Bloomsbury, 2020). He is a former research director and director at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and professor II at the Center for the Study of the North at Nord University. Hønneland has also taught Russian politics at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. He has held several positions in committees and program boards in the Research Council of Norway, and since 2018, he has been the chairman of the Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Association.