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

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database



  • Solbu, Gisle; Åm, Heidrun. (2019) How many jobs has your research created? Constructing Value From Norwegian Biotechnology Research. STS Conference Graz 2019 . Graz University of Technology; Graz. 2019-05-06 - 2019-05-07.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2019) Doing RRI in Norway. Invited lecture . Institut für Höhere Studien; Vienna. 2019-05-21 - 2019-05-21.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2019) Limits of decentered governance in science-society policies. Journal of Responsible Innovation. vol. 6 (2).
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2019) Politics instead of ethics: Which room for transformative science policy interventions in research practice?. STS Austria Meeting . STS Austria; Vienna. 2019-02-19 - 2019-02-19.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2019) Which Common Good Do We Talk About? Digital Life Norway and Value Creation. DLN Annual Conference . Digital Life Norway (DLN); Tromsø. 2019-09-05 - 2019-09-06.


  • Delgado, Ana; Åm, Heidrun. (2018) Experiments in interdisciplinarity: Responsible research and innovation and the public good. PLoS Biology. vol. 16:e2003921 (3).
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2018) Ethics as ritual: smoothing over moments of dislocation in biomedicine. Sociology of Health and Illness.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2018) STS and democratization of science-society-relations. 30th Anniversary Center for Technology and Society at NTNU . CTS, NTNU; Trondheim. 2018-09-28 - 2018-09-28.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2018) The republic of ELSA and RRI. ELSA Norway conference . ELSA Norway Network; Hurtigruten, Norway. 2018-11-02 - 2018-11-04.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2018) VESTFRONTMØTET: Vil du oppgradere til kroppen 2.0?. Panelsamtale under Olavsfestdagene, overført på NRK P2 [Radio]. 2018-08-02.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2018) Why STS scholars must not be innocents abroad. University of Edinburgh Science, Technology and Innovation Studies seminar series . Science, Technology & Innovation Studies; Edinburgh. 2018-10-08 - 2018-10-08.
  • Åm, Heidrun; Åm, Trond Grønli. (2018) Forskningsetikk: Mindre press framfor flere krav.
  • Åm, Heidrun; Åm, Trond Grønli. (2018) Tappet for energi.


  • Åm, Heidrun. (2017) Forskningspolitikken må tenke nytt. NITO-refleks.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2017) Politicizing science governance with "Responsible Research and Innovation"?. 11th Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) . DMU Leicester; Leicester. 2017-07-05 - 2017-07-07.
  • Åm, Heidrun; Loeber, Anne M.C.. (2017) Addressing Res Publica in science and technology: Responsible Research and Innovation as an approach to organizing democratic practices in a networked society. Science & Democracy . Techno-Anthropology, Aalborg University; Copenhagen. 2017-11-23 - 2017-11-24.



  • Åm, Heidrun. (2015) Bringing STS concepts to Policy Sciences. After LSG. Looking Back & Looking Ahead . Life Science Governance Research Platform; Vienna. 2015-01-22 - 2015-01-23.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2015) Co-production and public policy: evidence, uncertainty, and socio-materiality. Handbook of Critical Policy Studies.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2015) Dimensions of power in democratization of science. 10th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis . CERAPS; Lille. 2015-07-08 - 2015-07-10.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2015) Getting it right the first time? Nanotechnology governance in the shadow of the past. Nano2021 Workshop on responsible technology development . Forskningsrådet; Oslo. 2015-04-09 - 2015-04-10.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2015) "Regulating the Unknown" - Is this possible?. Nano2021 Workshop on responsible technology development . Forskningsrådet; Oslo. 2015-04-09 - 2015-04-10.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2015) The sun also rises in Norway: Solar scientists as transition actors. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. vol. 16.
  • 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.


  • Durnová, Anna; Åm, Heidrun; Portschy, Jürgen; Braun, Kathrin; Turnbull, Nick; Fischer, Frank. (2014) Herbert Gottweis remembered by colleagues. Critical Policy Studies. vol. 8 (4).
  • Heidenreich, Sara; Klimek, Alexandra; Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Åm, Heidrun. (2014) Making post carbon publics: Technoscientists’ constructions of and engagement with the public. 4S Annual Meeting ; 2014-08-20 - 2014-08-24.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2014) Co-production of nanotechnology regulations. "Social construction of technology coming of age: new challenges and opportunities ahead" . Institutt for tverrfaglige kulturstudier, NTNU; Trondheim. 2014-06-03 - 2014-06-05.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2014) Quibbling and the Fallacy of Critical Scholarship: Response to Thorstensen. NanoEthics. vol. 8 (3).
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2014) Sozial robuste Solarzellen?. Ringvorlesung "Global Challenges - Wertvolle Wissenschaft: Zur Integration gesellschaftlicher Anforderungen in den Forschungsprozess" . TU Darmstadt; Darmstadt. 2014-05-27.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2014) The SoRoSol-Case: Boundary objects as ways, means, and ends in integrated research?. Snet 6th Annual Meeting . ITAS KIT; Karlsruhe. 2014-09-21 - 2014-09-24.
  • Åm, Heidrun; Lagesen, Vivian Anette. (2014) How publics make publics: ‘Othering’ as an energy transitions logic. 4S/ESOCITE ; Buenos Aires. 2014-08-20 - 2014-08-23.



  • Åm, Heidrun. (2012) Buchbesprechung Wullweber: HEGEMONIE, DISKURS UND POLITISCHE ÖKONOMIE Haddad: ZWISCHEN LABOR UND GESELLSCHAFT. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2012) Developing Solar Cell Technology: Scientists as Actors in a Transition to Renewable Energy. IST 2012 - International Conference on Sustainability Transitions ; Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen. 2012-08-29 - 2012-08-31.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2012) New Materials in Solar Cells: Can Social Science Contribute?. SNET CONFERENCE 2012 . Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Techn.; University of Twente. 2012-10-22 - 2012-10-25.
  • Åm, Heidrun. (2012) Solar Energy In Norway: Discrepancies of Presents and Futures. 4S/EASST conference 2012 . 4S and EASST; Copenhagen. 2012-10-17 - 2012-10-20.



  • Åm, Heidrun. (2010) Uncertainty, Governance. Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society.