Background and activities

Marius Korsnes is an up-and-coming researcher working at the... wait, who am I kidding, I wrote this text myself... 

I am a researcher at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, and I currently lead research area 1 on Deep decarbonisation and wide societal change in the Norwegian Centre for Energy Transition Strategies (FME NTRANS - 2019-2027). Currently I lead task 1.1. on community building and citizen engagement in the TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA project, and I lead WP 4 on "WP4: Transforming meat-use in Norwegian food practices" in the MEATigation project (NRC 2020-2024), which explores how meat is embedded in Norwegian food practices and identifies ways to promote sustainable meat-use in Norway.

Between May 2016 and February 2020 I was a post doctoral researcher connected to the Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (FME ZEN) and the Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (FME CenSES). I focussed on the role of "prosumers" and new forms of energy use in low-energy buildings and neighborhoods, comparing prosumers with respect to energy use and household practices in urban dwellings and neighborhoods in China and Norway. During my postdoc period I wrote the book "Wind and Solar Energy Transition in China"

From April to July 2018 I was visiting researcher at the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Until May 2016 I worked with the Living Lab project. The Living Lab is a zero emission house built for engineering and social science experiments. My work concentrated on the social science aspects of the project, trying to gain a better understanding of how people use this state-of-the-art technology.

In 2015 I defended my PhD thesis titeled 'Chinese Renewable Struggles. Innovation, the Arts of the State and Offshore Wind Technology'. The PhD project examined innovation and technological learning in the making of China’s offshore wind industry. In the thesis innovation is viewed broadly, incorporating interactive learning and circulation of knowledge, competencies, experiences and expectations connected with offshore wind technology. The thesis highlights certain Chinese characteristics of industrial upgrading that are useful for understanding the way in which China approaches renewable energy industries in general, and how companies outside of China can contribute (or not) to this process.

Keywords

  • Energy Transition
  • Sustainability
  • China
  • Innovation
  • Technology and Society
  • Wind and solar energy
  • Meat consumption and sustainable agriculture
  • Public participation and engagement
  • Inter- and transdisciplinarity
  • Improvisational theatre and science communication

Background

- M.Phil. in Culture, Environment and Sustainability (2012), Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo.

Thesis title: "The Growth of a Green Industry - Wind Turbines and Innovation in China"
Link: https://www.duo.uio.no/handle/123456789/32635

- B.A. History, University of Oslo (2011)

- B.A International Relations, University of Oslo (2009)

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

Books

Part of book/report

  • Efstathiou, Sophia; Korsnes, Marius; Gabrielsen, Ane Møller; Finstad, Terje; Giæver, Fay; Driessen, Clemens; Hansen, Arve; Wethal, Ulrikke Bryn. (2019) lnvestigating the elasticity of meat consumption for climate mitigation: 4Rs for responsible meat use. Sustainable governance and management of food systems.
  • Korsnes, Marius. (2016) Kina tar vinden i bruk. Kinas grønne revolusjon. Hva skjer på klima- og energifeltet i Kina - og hvorfor?.
  • Woods, Ruth; Berker, Thomas; Korsnes, Marius. (2016) Making a home in Living Lab: the limitations and potentials associated with living in a research laboratory. Proceedings of the Demand Centre Conference 2016 [online articles].

Report/dissertation