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)
  • LIMBO - Evaluating emerging AMR threats and future capacity for action in Norwegian livestock agriculture (NFR 2021-2024)

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).

Prizes

  • Lecturer of the year, faculty for humanities, NTNU (2013/2014) (Shared with Thomas Berker)
  • The Norwegian historical association's price for most innovative contribution to Historisk tidsskrift 2019.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Books

  • Finstad, Terje; Kvaal, Stig; Stokland, Håkon B.; Østby, Per. (2022) Matens meglere. Kontroll, kvalitet og kunnskap i den industrielle matens tid. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. 2022. ISBN 978-82-02-65233-3.
  • 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

Report/dissertation

  • Vik, Jostein; Stræte, Egil Petter; Søraa, Roger Andre; Finstad, Terje; Melås, Anders Mahlum; Gjefsen, Mads Dahl; Langørgen, Odd Roger; Fuglestad, Eirik Magnus; Hårstad, Renate Marie Butli. (2021) Smart teknologi for et bærekraftig landbruk. 2021. Rapport Norsk senter for bygdeforskning (9).
  • 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.

Others

  • Finstad, Terje. (2021) But peace is not the best. On scientific controversy. Young researchers night . Forskningsdagene/Akademiet for yngre forskere; Trondheim. 2021-09-24 - 2021-09-24.
  • Finstad, Terje. (2021) Debatt i P2. NRK P2 [Radio]. 2021-10-01.
  • Finstad, Terje. (2021) Er vi klare for en bioteknologisk laks?. Debattmøte litteraturhuset . Center for digital life Norway og Litteraturhuset i Trondhei; Trondheim. 2021-09-15 - 2021-09-15.
  • Finstad, Terje; Elvbakken, Kari Tove. (2021) Olje - vitenskap og ny kunnskapsøkonomi. Forum for vitenskap og demokrati . Forum for vitenskap og demokrati, UiB; UiB, Bergen. 2021-09-29 - 2021-09-29.
  • Finstad, Terje. (2020) 110 år med ingeniører som bygde landet. Gemini [Fagblad]. 2020-09-02.
  • Finstad, Terje; Aune, Margrethe; Egseth, Kine A.. (2020) The domestication triangle. How humans, animals and technology shape each other - the case of automated milking systems. 4S . Society for the social studies of science; Prague. 2020-08-18 - 2020-08-21.
  • Finstad, Terje. (2019) Engineering blue growth: Chaining nature in a mariculture feasability report. Un-packing bio-economy relations: Good economics in the good economy? . Little tools ERC workshop, TIK, UiO; Oslo. 2019-10-14 - 2019-10-15.
  • Finstad, Terje. (2018) Den store rottekrigen. Aftenposten Historie [Avis]. 2018-01-10.