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Dr. Tiller 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 works for the SINTEF Center for Clean Ocean Research and is Project Manager and Work Package Leader for a number of international and national research 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”, where she is also a Senior Research Fellow.


Peer Reviewed Articles, Book Chapters, Conference Proceedings, Reports and Book Reviews

  • Elizabeth M. De Santo; Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir; Ana Barros-Platiau; Frank Biermann; Leandra Regina Gonçalves; Rakhyun E Kim; Elizabeth Mendenhall; Ronald Mitchell; Elizabeth Nyman; Michelle Scobie; Kai Sun; Rachel Tiller; D. G Webster; Oran Young (2019). Protecting Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: An Earth System Governance Perspective. Earth System Governance Journal. DOI:
  • Rachel Tiller, Elizabeth Nyman, Dorothy Dankel and Yajie Liu (2019). Resilience to Exogenous Shocks in Environmental Management Regimes in the Arctic – lessons learned from survivors. Polar Journal. DOI:
  • Michael Harte, Rachel Tiller and George Kailis (2019). Countering a climate of instability: The future of relative stability under the Common Fisheries Policy. ICES Journal of Marine Science. DOI:
  • Nyman, E., C.B. Galvao, J. Mileski, and R. Tiller (2019). The Svalbard archipelago: an exploratory analysis of port investment in the context of the new arctic routes. Maritime Studies, DOI:
  • Rachel Tiller et al (2019). Who cares about Ocean Acidification in the Plasticene? Ocean and Coastal Management. Volume 174, pgs 170-180. DOI:
  • Rachel Tiller and Dorothy Dankel (2019). Climate Change and Contested Marine Areas in the Arctic: The Case of Svalbard, in: Harris, P.G. (Ed.), Climate Change and Ocean Governance: Politics and Policy for Threatened Seas. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 184-198. DOI:
  • John Ellis and Rachel Tiller (2019). Conceptualizing future scenarios of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) in the Norwegian salmon industry. Marine Policy. Volume 104, June 2019, pgs 198-209. DOI:
  • Yajie Liu, Rachel Tiller, Jarle Mork and Åshild Borgersen (2018). Emerging jellyfish and its significance in local fisheries – a Periphylla periphylla story in the Trondheimsfjord. Pp. 171-179 in CIESM Monograph 50. [F Briand Ed.] Engaging marine scientists and fishers to share knowledge and perceptions – early lessons. CIESM Publisher, Monaco and Paris, 218 p.
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller, Elizabeth De Santo, Elizabeth Mendenhall and Elizabeth Nyman (2018). The once and future treaty: Towards a new regime for biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Marine Policy. Vol 99, Jan 2019, Pgs 239-242. DOI:
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller and Elizabeth Nyman (2018). Ocean Plastics and the BBNJ treaty: is plastics frightening enough to insert itself into the BBNJ treaty, or do we need to wait for a treaty on its own? Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. DOI:
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller and Russell Richards (2018). Ocean futures: Exploring stakeholders´ perceptions of adaptive capacity to changing marine environments in Northern Norway. Marine Policy. DOI:
  • 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 |
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • 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 (2015): “Md Saidul Islam. 2014. Confronting the Blue Revolution: Industrial Aquaculture and Sustainability in the Global South. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (review), Global Environmental Politics Vol 15 No 6, p. 186-187.
  • 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.
  • Richards, R., Oz, S., Meinecke, J-O., Tiller,R (2014). App2Adapt: Using Tablet Technology to Elicit Conditional Probabilities for Bayesian Belief Network Modelling. In: Ames, D.P., Quinn, N.W.T., Rizzoli, A.E. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, June 15-19, San Diego, California, USA. ISBN: 978-88-9035-744-2
  • Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller (2014), “Saving Global Fisheries: Reducing Fishing Capacity to Promote Sustainability by Samuel J. Barkin and Elizabeth R. DeSombre (review), Global Environmental Politics, Vol 14 No 2, p. 129-130.
  • 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. 37. Rachel Gjelsvik Tiller (2008), ”Vil et fremtidig raudåteregime i nordøst-Atlanteren være effektivt, og hva kan vi lære av CCAMLR?”. Norsk statsvitenskapelig tidsskrift, Volume 24, pgs 359-381

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