Vemund Vestre is a research assistant at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism. He holds an MA in Comparative Politics from the University of Bergen.
Vemund has previously worked as a research assistant at Uni Research/NORCE and as an executive officer at NAV (Sandnes).
MA in Comparative Politics (University of Bergen)
BA in Comparative Politics (University of Bergen)
Get to know Vemund
What is your background?
I have a master’s degree in Comparative Politics and a bachelor’s degree in the same field, both from the University in Bergen. I’ve also worked as a seminar leader on methodology for BA students and as a research assistant when I was a student. This last year I’ve been working in NAV as a case manager and learned a lot about the functioning of the welfare state.
What does a typical day for you look like?
I usually wake up half an hour before I have to go to work and almost always eat two slices of bread for breakfast with a cup of coffee. I like the commute to work. After work I go for a run or just relax with a book, movie, TV-series or video game. I usually make dinner while I listen to a podcast. Since I’m moving to a new city, my daily routine will probably change quite a bit.
Can you describe your office space?
It may seem a bit messy, but I have a system that only I understand. I like the buzz of people talking in the background, as long as it isn’t too loud.
If you had to choose a different field, what would it be?
It’s a difficult question. Probably history. I have always liked to read about history in my free time.
Is there a TV-show you are binging?
I’m currently watching the latest season of The Expanse. Since it comes out once a week I’m not exactly binging it, but it is the TV-show I’m most excited about at the moment. It is a great sci-fi show with interesting characters, a lot of politics and tense action.
What are you listening to these days?
I listen mostly to rap and rock music, but I’ve been listening a lot to Billie Eilish’s album Happier than Ever ever since it came out earlier this year. According to Spotify it is the album I’ve been listening to most this year. Another recent favorite is the Norwegian rock band brenn.
Which podcast are you listening to right now and why?
I’m listening to a podcast called Revolutions. It’s a history podcast about revolutions in history and is now in its final season. The host is a really good narrator and does a fantastic job of portraying how complex revolutions are.
And a place you’ve been where you’d like to go back?
I traveled by the Trans-Siberian railroad back in 2014 and visited Russia, Mongolia and China. I would like to go back there someday and explore other parts of those countries. I’m also learning Russian with Duolingo and need to find a way to use it.