Dr. Tiller is a Senior Research Scientist at the section for Governance, Climate and Security at SINTEF Ocean, in Trondheim, Norway.     She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), with a focus on marine and coastal interdisciplinary research at all levels of analysis, from local stakeholder perceptions to international management regimes. Her expertise is in institutions, regime interplay, governance, policy mitigation and stakeholder participation, stakeholder driven future scenario building and qualitative based/quantitative output methodologies. She is the Fulbright Arctic Chair of 2018-2019, a former Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of the Leiv Eirksson Mobility Fund for 2011-2012 for an inter-disciplinary project in Southern California.

She is an active member of the SINTEF Center for Clean Ocean Research, and the Project Manager and Work Package Leader for a number of international and national projects. In addition, she is the Norwegian representative on the Management Committee of the COST Action: CA15217 – Ocean Governance for Sustainability and the Cluster Leader of the Earth System Governance (ESG) Oceans Taskforce cluster “Conflict and Diplomacy”.


  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller, Jean-Luc De Kok, Karolien Vermeiren and Trine Thorvaldsen (2017). Accountability as a governance paradox in the Norwegian salmon aquaculture industry.  Front. Mar. Sci. – Marine Fisheries, Aquaculture and Living Resources, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00071.
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller, Jean-Luc De Kok, Karolien Vermeiren, Russell Richards, Murat Van Ardelan and Jennifer Bailey (2016). Stakeholder Perceptions of Links between Environmental Changes to their Socio-Ecological System and their Adaptive Capacity in the Region of Troms, Norway. Front. Mar. Sci., 20 December 2016 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2016.00267
  • Rachel Tiller and Elizabeth Nyman (2016). The clear and present danger to the Norwegian sovereignty of the Svalbard Fisheries Protection Zone: Enter the Snow Crab. Ocean and Coastal Management, Vol. 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.12.012
  • J. L. de Kok, P. Viaene, K. Vermeiren1, M. van der Meulen, R. Tiller, M. van Ardelan, J. Bailey, R. Thorpe, J. Beecham, S. Van Leeuwen, F. Thingstad, T. M. Tsagaraki, R. Richards, C. Bizsel, and H. Salgado (2016): Integrating scientific knowledge, data and stakeholder perceptions for decision support. In: Sauvage, S., Sánchez-Pérez, J.M., Rizzoli, A.E. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, July 10-14, Toulouse, FRANCE. Vol 4, pp. 1116-1123. ISBN:978-88-9035-745-9
  • Rachel Tiller, Borgersen, Å. Knutsen, Ø., Bailey, J., Bjelland, H.V., Mork, J., Eisenhauer, L., and Liu, Y. (2016): “Coming soon to a fjord near you: Future jellyfish scenarios in a changing climate.” Coastal Management Journal, Volume 45, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08920753.2017.1237239
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller, Svalestuen, Y., Öztürk, P. and Tidemann, A. (2015): Simulating stakeholder behavior in a marine setting: Integrated coastal zone planning and the influential power of selected stakeholders in Frøya, Norway. Frontiers in Marine Science. 2:90. Doi: 10.3389/fmars.2015.00090
  • Rachel Tiller and Russell Richards (2015): Once bitten, twice shy: Aquacutlure, stakeholder adaptive capacity, and policy implications of iterative stakeholder workshops; the case of Frøya, Norway. Ocean and Coastal Management. Avail. Online 11. Sept. 15. Doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.09.001
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller, Elizabeth Nyman (2015): Having the cake and eating it too: To manage or own the Svalbard Fisheries Protection Zone. Marine Policy 10/2015; 60:141-148
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller, Jarle Mork, Yajie Liu, Åshild L Borgersen, Russell Richards (2015): To Adapt or Not Adapt: Assessing the Adaptive Capacity of Artisanal Fishers in the Trondheimsfjord (Norway) to Jellyfish (Periphylla periphylla) Bloom and Purse Seiners. Marine and Coastal Fisheries Dynamics Management and Ecosystem Science 07/2015; 7(1):260-273.
  • Hugo Salgado, Jennifer Bailey, Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller and John Ellis (2015): Stakeholder perceptions of the impacts from salmon aquaculture in the Chilean Patagonia. Ocean & Coastal Management 07/2015;  DOI:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.07.016
  • Jennifer Bailey, Murat Van Ardelan, Klaudia L. Hernández, Humberto E. González, José Luis Iriarte, Lasse Mork Olsen, Hugo Salgado, and Rachel Tiller (2015): Interdisciplinarity as an Emergent Property: The Research Project “CINTERA” and the Study of Marine Eutrophication. Sustainability 07/2015; 7(7):9118-9139.
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller; Hansen, Lillian; Richards, Russell; Strand, Hillevi (2015) “Work segmentation in the Norwegian salmon industry: The application of segmented labor market theory to work migrants on the island community of Frøya, Norway”.  Marine Policy, volume 51
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller, Mork, J., Richards, R., Eisenhauer, L., Liu, Y., Nakken, J-F., and Borgersen, Å. (2014), “Something fishy: Assessing stakeholder resilience to increasing jellyfish (Periphylla periphylla) in Trondheimsfjord, Norway”, Marine Policy, Vol 46, May 2014, pgs 72-83.
  • Tiller, R., Richards, R., Salgado, H., Strand, H., Moe, E. and Ellis, J. (2014), “Assessing Stakeholder Adaptive Capacity to Salmon Aquaculture in Norway”, Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, 01/2014, 11(1), pgs 62-96.
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller and Hansen, S. (2013). “International regime analyses in the northeast Atlantic”. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Vol. 3 Issue 2, pgs 217-231.
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller, Gentry, R. and Richards, R.  (2013). “Stakeholder driven future scenarios as an element of interdisciplinary management tools; the case of future offshore aquaculture development and the potential effects on fishermen in Santa Barbara, California”. Ocean & Coastal Management, Volume 73, March 2013, pgs 127-135.
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller, Brekken T. and Bailey J. (2012). “Norwegian aquaculture expansion and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM): Simmering conflicts and competing claims”. Marine Policy, Volume 36, Issue 5, September 2012, pgs 1086-1095.
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller (2012). “Regime formation at the Agenda Formation stage analyzed from a futuristic plankton perspective”. Ocean and Coastal Management, Volume 66, pgs 19-27.
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller (2011). “Institutionalizing the High North: Will the harvest of redfeed be a critical juncture for the solidification of the Svalbard Fisheries Protection Zone?”. Ocean and Coastal Management, 54 (2011), pgs 374-380
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller (2010),”Regime management at the bottom of the food web”. Journal of Environment and Development, Vol. 19, No. 2, pgs 191-214.
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller (2009), “New Resources and Old Regimes: Will the harvest of zooplankton bring critical changes to the Svalbard Fisheries Protection Zone?”. Ocean Development & International Law, Vol 40, Issue 3, pgs 1-10.
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller (2008), “The Norwegian system and the distribution of claims to redfeed”. Marine Policy. Volume 32, Issue 6, November 2008, pgs 928-940.

    Associated Crosscutting Themes

  • Power

    Associated Analytical Problems

  • Agency