Melina Antonia Buns

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During the spring term 2021, I will teach the first særemne course on Environmental History: Nature, Society and International Politics in HIS1400 and give sessions on environmental issues in the English Master's Programme Modern International and Transnational History course MITRA4300. Furthermore, I supervise Bachelor students on their BA-projects. For more information about possible issues to be supervised on, see Bachelorkatalogen for vår 2021


I submitted my thesis Green Internationalists: Nordic Environmental Cooperation, 1967-1988 in October 2020, supervised by Sunniva Engh and Jan-Henrik Meyer. As the first of its kind, the thesis explores institutionalised Nordic environmental cooperation through a transnational perspective. Ultimately, the thesis argues that the interests and ulterior motives to this international environmental commitment of the Nordics have not been as ‘green’ as generally claimed. Instead of environmental pioneers, the thesis proposes to describe the Nordic countries as green internationalists: the Nordics used their cooperation in order to protect their own national environmental interests – motivated more substantively by economic rather than by ecological concerns. A full abstract is available in the ESEH Dissertation Database.


During my PhD, I have been visiting doctoral candidate at Lund University, Sweden, and the Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany. The international archival research during my PhD project has been generously supported by Thorleif Dahls legat for historisk forskning, Professor Morgenstiernes fond and Letterstedtska föreningen. 


My research interests include Nordic cooperation, international environmental policies, environmental economics, nuclear history, and environmental movements, which I have disseminated to academic audiences and the wider public. Currently, I am also part of the Nordic Civil Societies research group. Most recently, I have published a short piece on 'The emergence of Nordic environmental cooperation, 1967-1974'.


I obtained my MA in international and global history from Aarhus University, Denmark (2016), and my BA in history, art history and Scandinavian studies from the University of Vienna, Austria (2013). 


Tags: History, Environmental History, International History
Published Aug. 28, 2017 9:54 AM - Last modified May 7, 2021 8:10 PM