Background and activities
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). I also lead task 1.1. on community building and citizen engagement in the TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA project (H2020), and I lead WP 4 on "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. From January to March 2017 I was a visiting fellow at the DEMAND Centre at Lancaster University, UK.
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.
- Energy Transition
- Technology and Society
- Wind and solar energy
- Meat consumption and sustainable agriculture
- Public participation and engagement
- Inter- and transdisciplinarity
- Improvisational theatre and science communication
- 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"
- 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
- (2021) Smart energy prosumers in Norway: Critical reflections on implications for participation and everyday life. Journal of Cleaner Production.
- (2020) Diversifying diversity: Inclusive engagement, intersectionality, and gender identity in a European Social Sciences and Humanities Energy research project. Energy Research & Social Science. vol. 62.
- (2019) Reanalysis of occupant experiment in ZEB Living Lab. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science (EES). vol. 352 (1).
- (2019) Homemaking in a Living Laboratory: Interpretations of a Zero Emission Housing Solution. Home Cultures. vol. 16 (2).
- (2019) Understanding Communities in China and Europe: Similarities, Differences and Consequences for Socially Integrative Cities. China City Planning Review (CCPR). vol. 28 (2).
- (2018) Domestication, acceptance and zero emission ambitions: Insights from a mixed method, experimental research design in a Norwegian Living Lab. Energy Research & Social Science. vol. 39.
- (2017) Householders as co-producers: lessons learned from Trondheim’s Living Lab. Eceee ... summer study proceedings.
- (2017) With license to build: Chinese offshore wind firms rejecting European certificates. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management. vol. 29 (7).
- (2017) The Sustainability Challenge: How Multi-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Groups of Master Students Achieve Sustainable Architecture in Shanghai. AMPS PROCEEDINGS SERIES.
- (2017) Between craft and regulations: experiences with the construction of two “super insulated” buildings in Norway. Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies. vol. 5 (2).
- (2016) A sustainable Chinese catch-up? Product quality and interactive learning in the offshore wind industry. International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development (IJTLID). vol. 8 (2).
- (2016) Ambition and ambiguity: Expectations and imaginaries developing offshore wind in China. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. vol. 107.
- (2016) What drives investment in wind energy? A comparative study of China and the European Union. Energy Research & Social Science. vol. 12 (2).
- (2014) Fragmentation, Centralisation and Policy Learning: An Example from China’s Wind Industry. China aktuell. vol. 3.
- (2014) Wind Power in China and in the EU: Comparative Analysis of Key Political Drivers. Energy Procedia. vol. 58.
- (2020) Informal Institutions in Policy Implementation. Comparing Low Carbon Policies in China and Russia. Edward Elgar Publishing. 2020. ISBN 978 1 78990 201 3.
- (2020) Wind and Solar Energy Transition in China. Routledge. 2020. ISBN 978-0-367-19418-5.
Part of book/report
- (2021) Community Building through Public Engagement: Variety in Europe and China. Towards Socially Integrative Cities: Perspectives on Urban Sustainability in Europe and China.
- (2021) Urban Living Labs as Instruments of Open Innovation: Examples of Sino–European Cooperation. Towards Socially Integrative Cities: Perspectives on Urban Sustainability in Europe and China.
- (2019) lnvestigating the elasticity of meat consumption for climate mitigation: 4Rs for responsible meat use. Sustainable governance and management of food systems.
- Cultural studies
- Social sciences
- Technology, Innovation and Culture
- Sustainable developement
- Innovation systems
- Renewable energy
- Energy use
- Chinese public administration
- Sustainable consumption
- Wind energy
- Research on Transitions
- Consumer practice
- Public engagement
- Sustainability transition