Background and activities

I am a researcher in science and technology studies (STS) at Department for interdisciplinary studies of culture, NTNU. I have both a MA and a PhD in STS.

In addition to research, I lecture on bachelor- and master level in the courses KULT2204 Things and Signs, and KULT3304 Technology, innovation and societal change.

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).
  • Laboratory life and social contracts: Some lines in the history of the Departement for energy and process technology, NTNU (2016-2017).

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

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Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • 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; 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.