Background and activities

Sara Heidenreich is researcher at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture. Sara is educated Magistra Artium in Social Anthropology, Political Science and Comparative Literature from Freie Universität in Berlin, and PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture (Science and Technology Studies - STS) from NTNU in Trondheim.


Research interests

  • Sustainability transitions
  • Energy citizenship
  • Socialization of technology
  • Public engagement
  • Science communication
  • Renewable energy (wind and hydropower)


Current projects

  • NTNU Team Society
  • HydroFlex - Increasing the value of Hydropower through Increased Flexibility (Horizon 2020)
  • CliCNord - Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries (NordForsk)
  • FME NTRANS, Research area 1 "Deep decarbonization and wide societal changes"
  • Capacity building for socially just and sustainable energy transitions (NORHED)
  • COJUST - Co-producing energy and climate policies: Justice and equity in sustainability transitions
  • FME NorthWind, work package 5 on sustainable wind development


Previous projects 


Scientific, academic and artistic work

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database


  • Heidenreich, Sara; Köhler, Berit; Andersen, Oddgeir. (2022) Social Acceptance of Pumped Hydroelectricity Energy Storage (PHES). Encyclopedia of Energy Storage.


  • Heidenreich, Sara. (2021) Beyond technological solutions: Considering social aspects in environmental design. FME NorthWind webinar . FME NorthWind; 2021-10-29 - 2021-10-29.
  • Heidenreich, Sara; Kristiansson, Nora; Næss, Robert; Woods, Ruth. (2021) Can low-income households participate in the sustainability transition? Justice and equality in energy and climate policies of three Norwegian cities. Third SIAC National Conference Future: Anthropologies of the Future, the Future of Anthropology Rome ; Roma/digitalt. 2021-09-22 - 2021-09-25.
  • Mølnvik, Mona J.; Tande, John Olav Giæver; Tomasgard, Asgeir; Torsæter, Malin; Gardarsdottir, Stefania Osk; Korpås, Magnus; Skjølsvold, Tomas Moe; Heidenreich, Sara; Korsnes, Marius; Tangen, Grethe; Karlsen, Asbjørn; Aspelund, Arild; Bjørgum, Øyvind. (2021) Nordsjøen som plattform for grønn omstilling. 2021.
  • Næss, Robert; Heidenreich, Sara. (2021) Forsker for å få alle med i det grønne skiftet. Trondheim 2030 [Avis]. 2021-06-04.
  • Næss, Robert; Heidenreich, Sara; Korsnes, Marius. (2021) COJUST – Co-producing energy and climate policies: Justice and equity in sustainable transitions. Samling ressursgruppe klimaplan . Trondheim kommune; 2021-06-07 - 2021-06-07.
  • Næss, Robert; Heidenreich, Sara; Woods, Ruth; Korsnes, Marius. (2021) Er det grønne skiftet bare for de rike?. Adresseavisen.






  • Heidenreich, Sara. (2016) Citizen Social Science in Schools: Involving students in finding and communicating solutions for energy efficient ICT practices. First International ECSA Citizen Science Conference ; 2016-05-19 - 2016-05-21.
  • Heidenreich, Sara. (2016) Out of Sight, out of Mind? Controversy over Offshore Wind Energy in Norway's News Media. Science as Culture. vol. 25 (4).
  • Heidenreich, Sara; Ryghaug, Marianne. (2016) Creating energy citizenship through material participation. Energy and Society Conference ; 2016-09-12 - 2016-09-14.
  • Liste Muñoz, Lucia; Heidenreich, Sara. (2016) Practicing proximity, doing sustainability: Experiments with cities and citizens’ responses to climate change. 4S/EASST Conference ; 2016-08-31 - 2016-09-03.
  • Pilz, Cosima; Compes, Natascha; Sæther, Lotte Johanne; Heidenreich, Sara. (2016) Opplæring av Grønn IT-ambassadører. En håndbok. 2016.


  • Fossum, Tommy; Næss, Robert; Heidenreich, Sara. (2015) Slik vil ungdommer på Tiller få ned energiforbruket. null [Avis]. 2015-10-29.
  • Heidenreich, Sara. (2015) Avfall og forbruk: Barn og unge. Medvirkningsdag: Avfall og forbruk . Trondheim Kommune, Sør-Trøndelag fylkeskommune; Trondheim. 2015-11-12.
  • Heidenreich, Sara. (2015) Konstruksjonen av en lav-karbon allmennhet: forskeres oppfatninger om og engasjement med allmennheten. CenSES årskonferanse ; 2015-12-03 - 2015-12-04.
  • Heidenreich, Sara. (2015) Socialisation of offshore wind technology: Scientists as agents of socialisation. EERA DeepWind'2015 ; 2015-02-04 - 2015-02-06.
  • Heidenreich, Sara. (2015) Sublime technology and object of fear: offshore wind scientists assessing publics. Environment and planning A. vol. 47 (5).
  • Heidenreich, Sara; Næss, Robert. (2015) Grønn IT-ambassadør opplæring III: Opplæring av 60 Vg1 + Vg2 elever til grønn IT-ambassadører. Presentasjoner, workshops, gruppearbeid etc. om bl.a. IKT og energibruk, energivennlig IKT-bruk, gjenbruk og resirkulering, grønn IT etc. Grønn IT-ambassadør opplæring på Tiller vgs. Grønn IT-ambassadør opplæring ; 2015-10-21 - 2015-10-28.
  • Heidenreich, Sara; Næss, Robert. (2015) The digitalization of the school and its environmental challenges:Engaging Youth to Reflect on and Change their Use of ICTs. STS Conference Graz ; 2015-05-11 - 2015-05-12.
  • Pilz, Cosima; Auer, Ulrike; Heidenreich, Sara. (2015) Grønn IT‐ambassadører. Didaktisk konsept for IT‐Peer opplæring. 2015.
  • Ryghaug, Marianne; Heidenreich, Sara. (2015) Green innovation and society - a citizen perspective. Climate change, innovation and the circular economy . Climate-KIC Nordic, NTNU, World Watch Institute; Trondheim. 2015-09-25.


  • Heidenreich, Sara. (2014) Chapter 4.9: NOR1_Computer games on green IT & Chapter 4.10: NOR2_Theatre play. In: Thomas Berger & Anita Thaler: D 4.1. Collection of 10 didactical concepts for the application of the vehicle approach for educational settings. 2014.
  • Heidenreich, Sara. (2014) Outreaching, outsourcing, and disembedding: How offshore wind scientists consider their engagement with the public. Social construction of technology coming of age: new challenges and opportunities ahead ; 2014-06-03 - 2014-06-05.
  • Heidenreich, Sara. (2014) Sosialisering av teknologi for vindkraft til havs: Forskere som sosialiseringsagenter. CenSES årskonferanse 2014 ; 2014-12-04 - 2014-12-05.
  • Heidenreich, Sara; Klimek, Alexandra; Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Åm, Heidrun. (2014) Making post carbon publics: Technoscientists’ constructions of and engagement with the public. 4S Annual Meeting ; 2014-08-20 - 2014-08-24.
  • Heidenreich, Sara; Næss, Robert; Liste Muñoz, Lucia; Ingeborgrud, Lina. (2014) "Miljøkommunikasjon? Den sosio-tekniske løsningen." Sammen med ungdommer fra UngEnergi hadde vi en stand på forskningstorget med ulike aktiviteter for barn og voksne om fornybar energi (med fokus på solenergi) og om IKT og energi. Forskningstorget ; 2014-09-19 - 2014-09-20.
  • Heidenreich, Sara; Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Lagesen, Vivian Anette. (2014) Blowing in the wind: The socialization of offshore wind technology. 2014. ISBN 978-82-326-0484-5.


  • Heidenreich, Sara. (2013) Imagining knowledge deficits without filling the gaps: How offshore wind scientists conceptualize science-public relations. 4S Annual Meeting ; San Diego. 2013-10-09 - 2013-10-12.
  • Heidenreich, Sara. (2013) "Out of Sight, Out of Mind". Public engagement with offshore wind energy in Norway. SFFE Lunch lecture . SFFE - Senter for fornybar energi; Trondheim. 2013-03-13.
  • Heidenreich, Sara; Karlstrøm, Henrik; Klimek, Alexandra; Lagesen, Vivian Anette; Næss, Robert; Ryghaug, Marianne; Sørensen, Knut H.; Åm, Heidrun. (2013) Welcome to my front yard! Public attitudes towards and engagement with renewable energy. Annual meeting, Society for social studies of science ; San Diego. 2013-10-09 - 2013-10-12.