Øyvind Heimset Larsen is a civil engineer from NTNU in 1998, at the Faculty of Industrial Economics and Technology management. He studied project management and management of BI, Oslo in connection with conscription.
Larsen has 20 years experience as a researcher at Vestlandsforsking and lectured Change processes and IT leadership at University College in Sogn og Fjordane 2001-2002. As project manager and researcher at Vestlandsforsking he has contributed in a variety of regional, national and international projects. Larsen has particularly focused on ICT and regional development, broadband and ICT within school- and health care sectors, and has since 2005 actively participated in various programs from the Norwegian Research Council to stimulate greater use of research and development (R & D) for better innovation. In December 2018, he was promoted to Senior Researcher in Regional Development at Vestlandsforsking, after being formally evaluated by an external professional committee