Name: Roald E. Kristiansen.
Born: October 1, 1953.
Children: Svein-Olav and John-Erik.

My primary education was completed in my home town, Narvik in Northern Norway (see class pictures from first and fourth grade, and also pictures from our 40 year reunion meeting in Narvik, September 2000!). My undergraduate studies were completed at the Universitety of Oslo - first at the faculty of natural sciences where I studied physics, mathematics and astronomy (1972-76), and then at the faculty of theology (cand.theol. 1979). Then I studied pedagogics at the faculty of pedagogy in Oslo (1980). After having worked for three years, I went to the US where I spent two years in Atlanta, Georgia at Emory University for my Ph.D., which I completed in 1987. As a part of my Ph.D. studies, I lived for one year in Kyoto, Japan, where I was associate researcher at the National Council of Churches Center for the study of Japanese Religions. The title of my dissertation was Creation and Emptiness: Transforming the doctrine of Creation in Dialogue with the Kyoto School of Philosophy. I have included a summary of my dissertation here, see Abstract.

Work experience:
Methodist Theological Seminary, Bergen, Norway (1980-83 and 86-91).
Finnmark College, Department of Religion, Alta, Norway (1991-1997).
University of Tromsø, Department of Religion, Tromsø, Norway (1997-).

Main interests:
Contextual theology, Religious traditions of Northern Norway, Sámi (shamanistic) religion, Religion and Nature, and Religion and Science.

Here is a list of books and articles that I have published.

The city of Tromsø is 'the capital' of Northern Norway. The population is about 60.000, and it has the northernmost university in the world. More information (in English) about the city and acitivities in Tromsø can be found at Destination Tromsø. The site also contains several web-cams showing life in Tromsø right now.
For Norwegian readers, Troms Kulturnett, has more information about cultural life in Tromsø and its surrounding areas.