Opdahl, Ingerid M.
DepartmentCentre for security policy
PositionAssociate Professor
Phone+47 23 09 59 24

​​​​​​​Dr Ingerid M. Opdahl, assistant professor, joined IFS in 2004. PhD from the University of Birmingham (2015); Cand. Polit. in political science from the University of Oslo (2004); MSc Russian and Post-Soviet studies from the London School of Economics and political science (2000).

In her PhD thesis, «Mutually Supportive? The Russian State and Russian Energy Companies in the Post-Soviet Region, 1992–2012», Ingerid investigates the relations between Russian energy companies and the Russian state, at home in Russia and abroad in the post-Soviet region. Ingerid argues that the formal and informal institutional framework of the Russian state made the companies more, or less, available as Russian foreign policy tools in the post-Soviet region. State-company relations matter in Russian foreign policy, but also in Russia’s domestic development, including the development of the Russian state.

Fields of interest

  • Russian security and foreign policy
  • state and regime in Russia
  • formal and informal institutional development in Russia
  • state–business relations in Russia
  • Russia's political economy
  • Russian energy companies (oil, gas, nuclear, electricity)
  • Russia and the post-Soviet region
  • authoritarian regimes and foreign policy


  • Opdahl, Ingerid Maria. 2015. Mutually Supportive? The Russian State and Russian Energy Companies in the Post-Soviet Region, 1992-2012. Doctoral dissertation, University of Birmingham.
  • Opdahl, Ingerid Maria. 2008. Georgia og Russland. Et vanskelig naboskap. Oslo Files on Defence and Security, no. 6. Oslo: Institutt for forsvarsstudier.
  • Opdahl, Ingerid Maria. 2005. 'A Crucial Sphere for Our Security'. Russia in Central Asia after 9/11. Forsvarsstudier, no. 3. Oslo: Institutt for forsvarsstudier.
  • Opdahl, Ingerid Maria. 2004. Steel and poultry: state-business networks in Russian trade policy. Master’s thesis, Universitetet i Oslo.

Non-refereed articles

Op-eds/comments/blog posts

  • Martinsen, Kåre Dahl and Ingerid Maria Opdahl. 2017. Avtalen med Kina er et norsk knefall. Dagbladet, 02 February.
  • Opdahl, Ingerid Maria. 2017. Norges knefall for Kina. Dagbladet, 02 February.
  • Opdahl, Ingerid Maria. 2016. Susanne A. Wengle, Post-Soviet Power. State-Led Development and Russia's Marketization. Europe-Asia Studies.
  • Opdahl, Ingerid Maria. 2014. Thane Gustafson: Wheel of Fortune. The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, 17 September.
  • Opdahl, Ingerid Maria. 2009. Anmeldelse av Det kaukasiska lackmustestet: Konsekvenser og lärdomar av det rysk-georgiska kriget i augusti 2008. Nordisk Østforum.
  • Opdahl, Ingerid Maria. 2009. Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century. A Reference Handbook. Eds. G. Luft and A. Korin (Book Review). Oil, Gas and Energy Law (OGEL).
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