Rolf Lunheim

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Rolf Lunheim is an engineer and social anthropologist who has worked extensively for the oil and mining industry (particularly aluminium) as corporate anthropologist and consultant on corporate social responsibility[1].

Employment History

Adjunct professor at the Institute for Industrial Economics and Technology Management

  • 2002 — 2008 Centre for Corporate Citizenship - Member of board. Norwegian School of Management
  • 2001 — 2005 Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)Norsk Hydro
  • 1995 — 2000 Corporate Anthropologist Hydro Aluminium
  • 1986 — 1988 Systems consultant. Nycomed (Pharmaceuticals industry)[2]

Advising on tribal opposition in India

During his time at Norsk Hydro Rolf Lunheim was sent to Norsk's Utkal Alumina project in Orissa, India to advise on strategies to deal with massive local tribal opposition to the project.[3]


Desert people: Caste and community : a Rajasthani village, 1993, is an anthropological study of a traditional Indian desert village.

Amazon comments;

Lunheim presents a novel approach to understanding caste and untouchability, focusing on how hierarchy and egalitarianism are intertwined in the desert people's struggle for survival and peaceful coexistence in an extreme environment.[4]



  1. Rolf Lunheim Profile on LinkedIn Accessed 10/07/10
  2. Rolf Lunheim Profile on LinkedIn Accessed 10/07/10
  3. Das, S. and Padel, F. 2010,'Out of this earth: East India Adivasis and the aluminium cartel' Orient Blackswan
  4. 'Desert People' Accessed 10/07/10