Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær is an engaged scholar leading NIAS’ programme on Asia-Arctic relations. Lau holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen focusing on climate governance and green growth. He also works with environmental transformation of society in the Faroe Islands and the West Nordic region. He represented the Faroe Islands at COP21 in Paris, and has also adviced the Nordic Council of Ministers in UN climate negotiations. Lau is Leader of University of the Arctic’s Thematic Network on Arctic Coastal Communities for Sustainability. He developed and leads the Green Growth Dialogue (a West Nordic – Canadian Science-Policy-Society network). Lau is a member of The United Nations Office for Sustainable Development’s Expert Group on green economy. Lau has been visiting professor at the Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research in Beijing, China, and visiting PhD fellow at McGill University. Current projects focus on sustainable fisheries management, Nordic sustainability futures, coalitions and conflict in UNFCCC negotiations, and science diplomacy in the Arctic.