Ms Nicolaisen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen University, Editor-in-Chief of the Carlsberg Foundation Nomad Research Project and former Vice-Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Danish Agency for Development Cooperation (DANIDA) and its Council for Information.
Ms Nicolaisen is an acclaimed expert in cultural anthropology, socio-economic transformation and the challenges facing developing countries. She has done extensive research among indigenous peoples in West Africa and South-East Asia. She has published more than 20 scientific books, including Elusive Hunters and The Pastoral Tuareg Vol I-II, as well as articles within the fields of cultural anthropology, socio-economic development and institutional history. She is currently working on a new book based on many years of research among the Punan of Central Borneo.
Ms Nicolaisen serves on a range of international and national boards including the Søren Kierkegaard Research Foundation, Int. Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies, The Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization, Humanity in Action Int., Watermill Foundation (Sel. Com.), Asia House Foundation, WWF-Denmark, Danish Foreign Policy Society and The Royal Danish Geographic Society. She has previously served on the boards of HRH Crown Prince Frederik’s Foundation, The Int. Chittagong Hill Tract Commission, DANIDA’s Council for Research, the Council for Environmental Assistance to Developing Countries (MIKA), ALLEA’s Standing Com. on Ethics, the Centre for Development Studies, et.al.
She has held positions of trust at Copenhagen University, worked as an expert for UNSO, WWF, DANIDA, Sarawak Museum, as well as organised museum projects and exhibitions and participated in numerous TV programmes. Ida Nicolaisen is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, American Philosophical Society, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences & Letters, Palestinian Academy of Science and Technology. She is Knight of the Order of Dannebrog 1.grade.