Background and activities

I am a associate professor in historical science and technology studies (STS) at Department for interdisciplinary studies of culture, NTNU.

In addition to research, I lecture on bachelor, master and PhD level courses.

Research interests

  • Science and technology studies
  • History

Research projects

  • PhD-scholar: Freezing the Norwegian nation: The import, transformation and appropriation of deep freezing technologies, 1930-1970. (NFR/ESF 2007-2012).
  • Post.Doc: Voices of nature: Representing nature in environmental policy negotiations (NFR/HF NTNU 2012-2014).
  • Researcher: In food we trust: Technologies of governance in industrialized food systems (NFR 2014-2018).
  • Modernity and social responsibility: The history of the Departement for energy and process technology, NTNU (book project 2016-2020).
  • The history of science at the University in Bergen (UiB 2019-2020).
  • Ocean responsibility, a pilot program in NTNU Oceans (2019-2021)
  • SMAT - Smart technology for sustainable agriculture (Ruralis 2018-2021)
  • MEATigation - towards sustainable meat-use in Norwegian food practices for climate mitigation (NFR 2020-2024)

Academic responsibilities

  • Book review editor Nordic Journal for Science and Technology Studies (2012-2016)
  • Council for the studyprogram in Science and technology studies, NTNU (2012--)
  • Scientific committee Nordic Environmental Social Sciences (2014/2015)
  • Department council at Dep. for interdisciplinary studies of culture (2009-2014)
  • PhD-committee, Center for technology, innovation and culture UiO (2014)
  • Deputy representative in the program board for Natural Resource Management NTNU (2012-2014).
  • Robinzon Price Committee, Society for the history of technology (2012).


  • Lecturer of the year, faculty for humanities, NTNU (2013/2014) (Shared with Thomas Berker)

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


  • Østby, Per; Finstad, Terje; Stokland, Håkon B.. (2020) Fra varmekraft til bærekraft. Historien om energi- og prosessteknikk ved NTNU, 1910-2020. Museumsforlaget AS. 2020. ISBN 9788283050837.

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.
  • Finstad, Terje; Kvaal, Stig; Østby, Per. (2015) Tackling Norwegian Cold: The Breakthrough of Home Freezing. The Making of European Consumption: Facing the American Challenge.
  • Finstad, Terje. (2014) The means of modernization: Freezing technologies and the cultural politics of everyday life, Norway 1940-1965. History of artificial cold. Scientific, Technological and cultural issues.
  • Finstad, Terje. (2012) Cool Alliances: Freezers, Frozen Fish and the Shaping of Industry-Retail Relations in Norway, 1950-1960. Transformations of retailing in Europe after 1945.
  • Finstad, Terje. (2012) Det moderne stabbur. Linjer i fryserens og matstellets historie i Norge. Trønderveven. Årbok Sør-Trøndelag Historielag og Trøndelag Folkemuseum.


  • Finstad, Terje; Kvaal, Stig; Østby, Per. (2011) Varme visjoner og frosne fremskritt. Om fryseteknologi i Norge, ca. 1920 - 1965. 2011. ISBN 978-82-471-3058-2.
  • Finstad, Terje; Østby, Per; Kvaal, Stig. (2007) Våte drømmer. Konstruksjonen av en genetisk modifisert fisk i Norge på 1980-tallet. 2007.