Researchers

Heidi Vinge

Researcher/Doctoral Student - Master of Science in Sociology

Heidi Vinge is a sociologist and researcher at RURALIS. She is currently completing her PhD dissertation at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her thesis has the working title “Houses, highways or harvests? Discourses of agricultural land on the urban-rural fringe“. More than 90 percent of the calories consumed in the world is grown in soils. The best farmland is often found within the vicinity of the largest cities. With increasing urbanization, farmland all over the world is disappearing at a rapid pace. In her PhD Project Vinge is examining development and preservation discourses among politicians, activists, developers and public officials in Norway and Ontario, Canada.

The PhD is part of the research project FORFOOD – Frogs, fuel, finance or food? Cultures, values, ethics, arguments and justifications in the management of agricultural land https://forfood.bygdeforskning.no, which is financed by The Research Council of Norway’s research program “Cultural conditions underlying social change”.

Vinge was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Waterloo, Canada from August to December 2015.