Trond Thuen is professor emeritus at the Dept. of Archaeology and Social Anthropology. The main body of his research lies within the broad field of Saami studies, with a special focus on the politics of ethnic incorporation and identity management. His contributions to the comparative study of indigeneity also include effects of assimilation processes on ethnic boundary maintenance in a historical perspective.
In a recent study with Bror Olsen he discusses the role of secrecy and deception in the management of knowledge about landscape and resources in North Norway.
Thuen is also coordinator of Yulian Konstantinov’s projects on reindeer herding, impacts of socioeconomic development, and tourism on the Kola Peninsula.
Thuen is a member of the Kola Saami Ethnopolitic research group.