Background and activities

I am a PhD student at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Centre for Technology and Society at NTNU. My background is in Social Anthropology (B.A and M.A) and biology. I am a part of the departmental research group Science Governance ( where we critically study science, gender, and higher education policies, exploring the role of science in policy-making as well as policies on emerging technosciences.

My PhD project is called 'Transdisciplinarity in Norwegian Biotechnology', and I do my research in the context of a national biotechnology research centre called Digital Life Norway (DLN) ( Biotechnology is a field receiving substantial policy attention, and is a site where research policy expectations are clearly articulated. This makes it an interesting research site. Increased collaboration, digitalization, disciplinary transgression and value creation are examples of policy expectations that contribute in forming the field, influencing not only researchers' everyday scientific lives but also the public understanding of Norwegian biotechnology.  

As my current main research interest centres on science collaborations in biotechnology, it thus spans a multitude of questions regarding interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, convergence, and RRI, such as 'What kind of research practices are generated through policy expectations of disciplinary transgression?', and 'How to transform scientists understanding of science-society relations when teaching RRI?'.

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



  • Hesjedal, Maria Bårdsen. (2016) Kunnskapspraksiser i toppturmiljøet. Betwixt & Between. vol. 26.
  • Hesjedal, Maria Bårdsen; Johansen, Stein Erik. (2016) På rett sted til rett tid? Bratt skikjøring mellom risiko og flyt. 2016.