Background and activities

I am an Associate Professor at the Department for Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU). My background is in Political Sciences, and Science and Technology Studies (STS). My research is on the governance of science and technology, with a focus on nano- and biotechnology research, sustainable energy and society, and interdisciplinarity. I am particularly interested in the governance of commons and in democratic decision-making. My research is based on qualitative methods. My approach draws on interpretive (policy) analysis, concepts from STS (such as co-production of science and society, and actor-network theory), and political discourse theory.

Currently, I am leading the research project “Res Publica. Responsibility, practice, and the public good across Digital Life”. This project is a concomitant research project to the newly founded, national Centre for Digital Life Norway. From 2016-2018, I was group leader for "Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)" at this center. In 2017, I have become enrolled in NTNU's Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme.



Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report


  • Johansen, Finn-Eirik; Brautaset, Trygve; Aune, Marie Hjelmseth; Patriksson, Alexandra; Falkenberg, Liv Eggset; Kleppe, Rune; Dick, Gunnar; Strand, Berit Løkensgard; Eijsink, Vincent; Røyne, Anja; Goksøyr, Anders; Svendsen, John Sigurd Mjøen; Fyhn, Marianne; Vik, Jon Olav; Wentzel, Alexander; Aksnes, Astrid; Bruheim, Per; Carlsen, Sven Magnus; Åm, Heidrun. (2018) Centre for Digital Life Norway - Annual report 2017. 2018.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2011) Regulating the Unknown: Governing Nanotechnologies by a Logic of Pre-emption. 2011.