Background and activities

Trine Unander is an associate professor of arts and crafts at the primary and lower secondary school teacher education at the Department of Teacher Education, Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

She defended her dissertation in Science and Technology Studies at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture (Faculty of Humanities)/ NTNU) in 2019, with a study of how voluntary (environmental) organizations use knowledge in their work to influence climate and environmental policy at a national level in Norway (Found in Translation? How environmental organisations acquire environmental knowledge and communicate it to policymakers). The dissertation was paper-based and written in English, and opponents of the dissertation were Professor emeritus Andrew Jamison, Aalborg University / Malmö, Professor Claire Waterton, Lancaster University, England and Professor Tomas Moe Skjølsvold, NTNU.

Unander has a broad and solid education in various directions. This includes intermediate subjects in Nordic language and literature from UiO, vocational teacher education in arts and crafts [web p. only in Norwegian] from Oslo University College, now OsloMet, one year of information processing studies from HiST / NTNU, a two-year specialization study at Fonty's academy for visual arts in Tilburg, NL, and a Master's degree in Science and Technology Studies from NTNU. Furthermore, she has worked for almost ten years at Huseby [web p. only in Norwegian], Ugla [web p. only in Norwegian] and Blussuvoll [web p. only in Norwegian] secondary schools in Trondheim, where a focus area has been to develop new subject programs in arts and crafts, but also in other subjects, especially interdisciplinary. In a break from teaching, from the turn of the millennium and for eight years onwards, Unander helped build and eventually lead TEKS - center for electronic arts in Trondheim, where she organized and curated a number of projects - also many related to education and training.

Before Unander was employed at the Department of Teacher Education at NTNU, she completed a doctorate at the Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, also NTNU, and her main areas of interest are now:

  • How has the arts and crafts subject developed to get to where it is in school today, and where do we stand now, in terms of opportunities and limitations? What 'utility value' does the subject have today?
  • How can we convey important knowledge about sustainability and the renewable society through arts and crafts in school? How can demands for green change promote creativity rather than set limits? Can sustainability didactics be promoted through arts and crafts?
  • How can arts and crafts be used in strengthening other school subjects? -As a motivating factor, but also as a learning input.
  • What qualities can be linked to competence and knowledge in different disciplines, especially traditional academic vs. traditional practical / professional knowledge?

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




  • Unander, Trine E.; Sørensen, Knut Holtan. (2019) Found in translation? How environmental organisations acquire environmental knowledge and communicate it to policymakers. 2019. ISBN 978-82-326-4184-0. Doktoravhandlinger ved NTNU (2019/294).
  • Unander, Trine E.; Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Aune, Margrethe; Levold, Nora. (2019) Found in translation? How environmental organisations acquire environmental knowledge and communicate it to policymakers. 2019.