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Background and activities

Knut H. Sørensen is Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU and during 2017 Visiting Researcher at Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. He graduated from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1976 (M. Sc. in Applied Physics) and received his PhD (Organization Studies) from the Institute in 1982. He has been a research scientist in SINTEF (1976-1980, 1986-1988) and a post-doctoral fellow at Department of sociology and political science, NTNU (1983-1986). From 1989, Sørensen was director of NTNU’s Centre for technology and society, which he founded together with Håkon With Andersen. In 1993, he became Professor at Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU. From 1999, he has been Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture. Sørensen was Visiting scholar at MIT in 1983, Visiting Professor at University of California, San Diego in 1996 and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University throughout 2009.

Currently, a main focus of Sørensen’s research is the study of sustainability transitions. This includes a particular interest in policy-making with respect to environmentally friendly energy and public engagement issues related to the development of energy citizenship and the improvement of energy dialogues. Science and technology communication is also an important part of these concerns. Sørensen pursues this interest in particular through CenSES – Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (http://www.ntnu.edu/censes). This is a national research centre supported by Research Council of Norway (http://www.forskningsradet.no/prognett-energisenter/Home_page/1222932140849).

Sørensen is also presently engaged with two other important research issues. One is the gender balance among university professors through the project Gender Equality from Below (https://www.ntnu.edu/genderbalance). The other is related to the policy concern Responsible Research and Innovation, where Sørensen is involved in a study of biomedical and nano scientists https://www.ntnu.edu/performe). Other research interests include social studies of ICT and the Internet, of innovation and technology policy, of gender, science and technology, and of interdisciplinarity. Sørensen has for a long time had active interdisciplinary research collaboration with faculty and research scientists in engineering and architecture across NTNU and SINTEF.

Sørensen has managed more than 30 projects funded by Norwegian research councils and been national co-PI of 8 EU-funded projects. He has been author/co-author/editor/co-editor 10 books, has published 33 papers in refereed journals, and 37 book chapters in academic edited collections. His most cited work is Making technology our own: domesticating technology into everyday life (with Merete Lie, Scandinavian University Press, 1996, GS citations: 536).

Teaching and supervision

During 2017, Sørensen is on sabbatical leave. He has been director of the PhD programme in Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture (comprising Gender Studies and Science and Technology Studies) 2004-2016, and coordinator of the following PhD subjects

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

Sørensen has been main or co-supervisor of 48 PhD-candidates who successfully have completed their doctorates and is main or co-supervisor of 6 active PhD-candidates.

Professional positions

  • Member of the programme board of Klimaforsk
  • Chair of the Norwegian council of science and technology studies
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Social Studies of Science
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Engineering Studies
  • Editorial Board, Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • 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.
  • Lie, Merete; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (1996) Making technology our own? : domesticating technology into everyday life. 1996.

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