Background and activities

Professor of Visual Culture in the Department of Art and Media Studies. Educated in the UK, having studied photography and multimedia at the University of Westminster (BA Hons), and history of art at Birkbeck College, London (MA and PhD).

Teaching across the BA and MA programmes in media studies, and particularly committed to fostering students' academic writing and research skills.

Member of the research group Media Acts, and currently engaged in the collaborative research project Digitization and Diversity.


Research Interests

  • Photography and archives
  • Materialist media ecology («green media studies»)
  • Digitization theory
  • Copyright in/and visual culture


Current research project

Digitization and Diversity: Potentials and Challenges for Diversity in the Culture and Media Sector - a collaborative project with the Norwegian Business School, Handelshøyskolen BI, supported by the Research Council of Norway through its KULMEDIA programme.



  • Panel member, The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (2018-2022).
  • Research panel member, Norwegian Media Authority (2017-2020).
  • Programme leader in Media Studies (2014-2016 and 2018).
  • Chair of the departmental research committee (2016).
  • Representative on the departmental research committee (2013-2015).
  • Programme leader in Film and Visual Media Studies (2010).


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


  • Maxwell, Richard; Raundalen, Jon; Vestberg, Nina Lager. (2015) Media and the ecological crisis. Routledge. 2015. ISBN 978-0-415-70923-1.
  • Vestberg, Nina Lager; Dahlgren, Anna; Petersson, Dag. (2013) Representational Machines: Photography and the Production of Space. Aarhus Universitetsforlag. 2013. ISBN 9788771241655.

Part of book/report

  • Vestberg, Nina Lager. (2016) The Ecology of the Photographic Image: Archives, Power and Materiality. (Post)Fotografisches Archivieren. Wandel Macht Geschichte.
  • Maxwell, Richard; Raundalen, Jon; Vestberg, Nina Lager. (2015) Media Ecology Recycled. Media and the ecological crisis.
  • Vestberg, Nina Lager. (2013) A Photographic Archive of Physics, or a Physical Archive of Photography? Niels Bohr and the Production of Scientific Space(s). Representational Machines: Photography and the Production of Space.
  • Vestberg, Nina Lager. (2013) The photographic image in digital archives. The Photographic Image in Digital Culture.