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Background and activities

Knut H. Sørensen is Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU. He graduated from NTNU (NTH, Norwegian Institute of Technology) in 1976 (M. Sc. in Applied Physics) and received his PhD (Organization Studies) from NTH (NTNU) in 1982.

 

Teaching

Sørensen is coordinating the following subjects:

  • KULT8850/51 Theories of Science
  • KULT8860/61Advanced course in qualitative methods
  • KULT8873 Technology, Science and Culture

 

Supervision

Sørensen has been main or co-supervisor of 46 PhD-candidates who succesfully have completed their doctorates and is main or co-supervisor of 6 active PhD-candidates.

 

Professional interests

  • Science and technology studies
  • Social studies of climate and sustainable energy
  • Social studies of information and communication technologies
  • Gender, science and technology
  • Science and innovation policy
  • Innovation and socialisation of technology
  • Sustainability transitions
  • Responsible research and innovation
  • Interdisciplinarity

 

Ongoing research

Sørensen has managed more than 30 projects funded by Norwegian research councils and been national co-PI of 8 EU-funded projects.

 

Professional positions

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Books

  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Faulkner, Wendy; Rommes, Els. (2011) Technologies of Inclusion. Gender in the Information Society. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. 2011. ISBN 9788251928465.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Gansmo, Helen Jøsok; Lagesen, Vivian Anette; Amdahl, Eva. (2008) Faglighet og tverrfaglighet i den nye kunnskapsøkonomien. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. 2008. ISBN 978-82-519-2339-2.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Gansmo, Helen Jøsok; Lagesen, Vivian Anette; Amdahl, Eva. (2008) Vitenskap som dialog - kunnskap i bevegelse. Tverrfaglighet og kunnskapskulturer i forskning. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. 2008. ISBN 978-82-519-2338-5.
  • Aune, Margrethe; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2007) Mellom klima og komfort - utfordringer for en bærekraftig energiutvikling. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. 2007. ISBN 978-82-519-2276-0.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Williams, Robin. (2002) Shaping Technology, Guiding Policy: Concepts, Spaces, & Tools. 2002. ISBN 1-84064-649-7.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (1998) The spectre of participation. Technology and work in a welf are state. 1998. ISBN 82-00-42309-3.
  • Dahl, Thomas; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (1997) Perspektiver på tvers : disiplin og tverrfaglighet på det m oderne forskningsuniversitetet. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. 1997. ISBN 82-519-1253-9.
  • Lie, Merete; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (1996) Making technology our own? : domesticating technology into everyday life. 1996.
  • Andersen, Håkon With; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (1992) Frankensteins dilemma - en bok om teknologi, miljø og verdier. 1992. ISBN 82-417-0060-1.

Part of book/report

  • Åm, Heidrun; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2015) Preparing for new solar cells through integrated research: challenges in translating social robustness into the selection of materials. Practices of Innovation and Responsibility: insights from methods, governance and action.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Melby, Kari. (2011) Fra kunnskap til dyd? Om tverrfaglighet som kompetanseutfordring. Dannelse. Tenkning - modning - refleksjon.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2010) Det norske samfunn: Et innovasjonssystem?. Det norske samfunn.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2009) The role of social science in engineering. Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences, Vol 9 av Handbook of Philosophy of Science.
  • Levold, Nora; Spilker, Hendrik Storstein; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2007) Mot en ”elektronisk solidaritet". Kommunikasjonssamfunnet: Moral, praksis og digital teknologi.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Lagesen, Vivian Anette; Levold, Nora. (2007) Flytende profesjoner? Om organisering av kunnskap. Arbeid, kunnskap og sosial ulikhet.
  • Silverstone, Roger; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2005) Towards the 'Communication Society'. Media, Technology and Everyday Life in Europe.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2005) Domestication: The enactment of technology. Domestication of media and technology.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2005) Jakten på innovasjon: Fra nasjonsbygging til dot.com. Det norske samfunn.
  • Gansmo, Helen Jøsok; Lagesen, Vivian Anette; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2003) Forget the hacker? A critical re-appraisal of Norwegian studies of gender and ICT. He, She and IT revisited. New Perspectives on Gender in the Information Society, ed. Merete Lie.
  • Spilker, Hendrik; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2003) Don't girls want to have fun? Designing multimedia for women. He, She and IT revisited. New Perspectives on Gender in the Information Society, ed. Merete Lie.
  • Spilker, Hendrik; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2002) Feminism for profit? Public and private gender politics in multimedia. Knut H. Sørensen & Robin Williams, eds: Shaping technology, guiding policy: Concepts, spaces and tools.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2002) Providing, pushing and policing. Towards a new architecture of technology policy. Andrew Jamison & Harald Rohracher, eds: Technology studies & sustainable development.
  • Aune, Margrethe; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2001) Teaching transformed? The appropriation of multimedia in education: The case of Norway. Social learning technologies. The introduction of multimedia in education.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Aune, Margrethe; Hatling, Morten. (2000) Against linearity - On the Cultural Appropriation of Science and Technology. Between Understanding and Trust. The Public, Science and Technology.

Report/dissertation

  • Aune, Margrethe; Berker, Thomas; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2002) Needs, roles and participation. A review of social science literature on users in technological design. 2002. STS arbeidsnotat/ working paper (58/02).
  • Elzen, Boelie; Jørgensen, Ulrik; Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Thomassen, Øyvind. (2001) Tackling transportation problems around the world. Case studies used in the INTEPOL project. 2001.
  • Elzen, Boelie; Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Jørgensen, Ulrik; Thomassen, Øyvind. (2001) Towards an interactive technology policy. Implications from the social shaping of mobility and transport policies for a new technology policy paradigm. 2001.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (1999) Rush-hour blues or the whistle of freedom? Understanding modern mobility. 1999. STS-rapport.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (1999) Similar concerns, different styles? Technology studies in Europe, vol. 2. 1999. ISBN 92-828-7262-9. COST Social Science.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (1996) Learning technology, constructing culture : socio-technical change as social learning. 1996. STS arbeidsnotat/ working paper (18/96).