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Thomas Vold

Associate Professor
Department of Teacher Education and Outdoor Studies
+47 23 26 23 54 / +47 994 42 477

Area of responsibility

Thomas is program director for the bachelor in Friluftsliv/Outdoor education. He is also the leader of the friluftsliv/outdoor education group at NIH. He is representing the Department of Teacher Education and Outdoor Life Studies in the board for program development, and the comity of employment, at NIH. 


Nature based tourism and guiding in nature.


Relational competence in nature guiding, professionalism in friluftsliv/outdoors -based occupations. Sociocultural wives on friluftsliv, friluftsliv-history, friluftsliv and law, public and ideal management in friluftsliv. Didactics in friluftsliv.  

Friluftsliv/outdoor activities; Sea kayaking, canoeing, Nordic skiing and mountaineering, Nordic tour skating, fishing and gathering (food plants, mushroom, berries etc).

Short biography

Thomas Vold is associate Professor in friluftsliv at the Department of Physical Education and Friluftsliv. He has a master (2000), and PhD (2015), from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. His PhD involved guided tours in nature, researching the guides knowledge of relations. Thomas have previously been working as a nature guide at Spitsbergen/Svalbard (1997-2001), and as a lecturer at the University of Southeast Norway, campus Bø (2001-2003). Thomas have been chairman of the board in the Association for Friluftsliv in Higher Education since 2015-2019). He has also ben codirector of the book «Friluftsliv og guiding i natur» (2018).

Thomas Vold has been employed at NIH since 2003. Since 2015 he has been leading the work of developing a new bachelor program in Friluftsliv/Outdoor education. The program started up at fall 2018. By 2020 the whole program will be running.


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