Jostein Vik received a doctoral degree (dr.polit) in political science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. He is a senior researcher at the Centre for Rural Research (CRR), which he joined in 2005. Vik is responsible for the large bi-annual survey "Trends in Norwegian agriculture" undertaken by the CRR. He is also involved in projects on issues spanning from fishery recruitment, local governance, governance and co-operation in forestry, to bioenergy etc. Current research interests include several aspects of governance and power in a rural context, as well as rural entrepreneurship and agricultural diversification.