Idun A. Husabø graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London in 2006, completing an MSc in Asian Politics with a focus on China. She holds a Norwegian 4-year BSc (cand.mag.) in Comparative Politics from the University of Bergen, and has studied Conflict, Mediation and Dialogue at Oslo University College.
Husabø has been employed at Western Norway Research Institute since 2006. She previously worked as a reporter for the Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) and worked in China in association with FK Norway and Red Cross Nordic United World College. From 2011-14, she was employed as a Senior Advisor at the Centre of Competence on Rural Development, a government agency subsidiary to The Ministry of Local Government and Modernization. She has written two non-fiction books and is a member of the Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Association.
Husabø’s research pertains to climate change adaptation and societal security at the local and regional level. Several of her research projects lie in the interface between communication work and insight into climate change and climate change adaptation. Husabø was among the first contributors to the national web portal on climate change adaptation, both in its initial phase (2007-8) and in connection with a re-launch in 2016.
Since 2014, Husabø has been engaged in popular science communication, both in research projects at Western Norway Research Institute and for Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Høgskulen på Vestlandet).
In 2018, eight of Norway’s leading research institutions in the field of climate change adaptation established the Norwegian Research Centre on Climate Change Adaptation, where Husabø is in charge of communication. As of January 2020, Husabø is the communication advisor of Western Norway Research Institute, sharing her time between research and communication.