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Pia Piroschka Otte
Research Manager/Senior Researcher - PhD Political Science
Pia Piroschka Otte is Research Manager at Ruralis (april 2021) and has been a senior researcher at Ruralis since 2015. She has an interdisciplinary background with a PhD in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from NTNU. Her work focuses on social science research addressing energy transitions, social acceptance of new technologies (bioeconomy, biosynthetic proteins), sustainable development, cashew value chains in Mozambique and alternative financing schemes for climate measures in agriculture. She has worked internationally mainly in Mozambique, but also conducted fieldwork in India, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Botswana, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Pia has a strong expertise in interdisciplinary research and a solid methodological background including participatory methods and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). Besides her research, she has taught several courses at NTNU, Technische Universität Darmstadt and Lund University. Pia leads an international research project (COOLCROWD), which tests the feasibility of local crowdfunding for financing climate measures in agriculture (https://coolcrowd.no/en/).