Åse Dammann has been employed at NIKU as an ethnologist since 2005. Her key expertise is environmental monitoring, buildings and built environment in a cultural historic perspective, cultural heritage in a user and owners perspective, cultural heritage management, and the effects of altered use of churches.
From 2010 she has been project manager for the third cycle of surveys of the environmental monitoring program “Old buildings then and now”, run by The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. The programme describes losses, alterations and current condition of SEFRAK-listed buildings older than 1900 in 18 Norwegian municipalities. The control surveys are carried out every fifth year, and the results are analysed in relation to numerous factors, such as socio-economic sector, physical and social geography, demographics, and building types.
Dammann has an MA in ethnology from The University of Oslo from 2003, and an MA in law from 1984. In 2007 and 2010 she studied Christian art and the history of church buildings at The Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo.