Eivind Heldaas Seland (b. 1975) works as a researcher at the Department of archaeology, history, cultural studies and religion, University of Bergen within the fields of ancient history and global history. He currently heads the Research Project Networks in the Roman Near East, which aims to investigate ties of interaction based on power, religion, and trade, constituting the everyday, resilient, and flexible fabric teat made
up civil society in the Near East. Seland's research interests span from the Indian Ocean in the pre-Islamic period to the Near East in general and the city of Palmyra in general, and concentrates on the interaction between ideology/religion, political power, and economy, in particular trade, in early complex societies. His interests in Network Analysis are both as a methodology for gaining knowledge about the past, and as a body of theory that can help us understand it.