Mari Wøien Meijer

Senior Research Advisor

Mari is no longer working at Nordregio. For contact or more information please contact [email protected]

Political scientist with expertise in institutional change, governance, innovation, and the green transition. I also have a keen interest in science and technology studies, the applications of structuration theory,  and global political economy.

At Nordregio, I work with a variety of topics within regional development, including innovation, green transition, regional resilience, and digitalisation.

My interest in making sense of complex systems and continuously challenging my own views and perceptions, are fuelled by curiosity, perseverance, and open-mindedness. Much like patiently untangling messy skeins of yarn to eventually make something useful, I hope that my research on untangling complex social and political systems contributes to our understanding of the way things work.

Academic qualifications

MSc Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Distinction) 2014-2015
MA International Relations with Honours, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2010 – 2014


Norwegian (native)
English (C2)
Portuguese (B2)
Danish and Swedish

Prior positions

Research Intern at Miljøstiftelsen ZERO, Norway
Intern at GoodFuels B.V., The Netherlands
Intern with the Centre Party, Norway
Keyholder at Le Creuset Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Moodie, J., Wøien Meijer, M., Salenius, V. & Kull, M (2021) Territorial Governance and Smart Specialisation: Empowering the Sub-National Level in EU Regional Policy. Territory, Politics, Governance.

Refsgaard, K., Kull, M., Slätmo, E., & Wøien Meijer, M. (2020) Bioeconomy – A driver for regional development in the Nordic Countries. New Biotechnology. 60 (pp. 130-137).

Wøien Meijer, M. (2020) An evaluation of the development and effectiveness of Policy Area Secure 2013-2019: Council of Baltic Sea States, Stockholm.