Information about our research projects and research networks
AtHOME: Histories of animals, technological infrastructure, and making more-than-human homes in the modern age (2022-)
The AtHOME project asks a central question: How can we understand animals as being at home with human-built infrastructure? In historical research, infrastructure has largely been treated as uncritically human – a space where nonhuman animals are deemed out of place, or perhaps even pests. This project is funded by the Research Council of Norway's FRIPRO-programme.
Nuclear Nordics (2021-2024)
Nuclear Nordics explores the history of radioactive waste within the Nordic region from the 1960s to the late 1990s. Focusing on the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle, the project analyses the transnational implications of radioactive waste within and between environments, societies, and technologies. This project is funded by the Research Council of Norway, International Mobility Grant (324293). placed at The Greenhouse at the University of Stavanger and at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Envirocitizen is a Horizon 2020-funded project that is researching how to encourage environmental citizenship through engagement with citizen science. The project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 fund.
Back to Blood (2020-2024)
This project maps how and explains why current concerns of sustainability, identity and citizenship lead to increasing cultural and spiritual demand for Vikings and the Norse past, and examines the consequences of various cultural actors supplying that demand. This project is funded by the Research Council of Norway's FRIPRO-programme.
Prehistoric Paradigms of 'Animalised' Art from Modernist Visions of Utopia to Post-History (2021-2023)
This project is funded by the EU MSCA IF 2019 program. It explores the relationship between avant-garde art , its prehistoric precursors, and contemporary inheritors to highlight the image of the animal in the history of art and archaeology, and to challenge anthropocentric assumptions underlying traditional research.
Locative Technologies aims to show how people have historically navigated in nature and what that means for their relationship to nature. It examines how modern locative technologies appear to be cutting us off from nature, and considers whether the format of the locative technology affects our sense of place and relationship to nature. This project is a collaboration between the University of Stavanger and the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo. It is funded by the Research Council of Norway's FRIPRO-programme.
Beyond Dodos and Dinosaurs (2018-2023)
This project examines how the history of species extinction and species recovery has been remembered and displayed publicly in nature-focused museums from the nineteenth century to the present day. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway's SAMKUL-programme.
Wildsmoke is funded by the EU MSCA IF 2019 programme. Wildsmoke examines the history of transient wildfire smoke in the northern hemisphere as part of past and continuing environmental change. The project traces smoke across political and disciplinary borders. It implicates national and regional climate change policy, especially issues of social equity and environmental justice in areas of Europe most affected by smoke seasons.
Red and White: The Globalization of Wine in the Anthropocene (2020-2022)
Red & White is funded by the EU MSCA IF 2019 programme. It asks how science and technology have been leveraged to expand the wine industry globally in the 20th and 21st centuries and how that has shifted the taste of the wines as the climate warms.
Greening the Poles (2017-2022)
The central research focus of Greening the Poles is simple: when, why, and how did the polar regions go from being harsh spaces from which fragile people needed to be protected, to being fragile spaces in need of active management and protection from human agents? And do these two visions to some extent co-exist? It is funded by the European Research Council Horizon 2020 programme (starting grant #716211) and led by Peder Roberts.
Extinction as Cultural Heritage (2018-2021)
This project is funded through the Joint Programming Initiative for Cultural Heritage, an EU-funded initiative. It explores how cultural heritage institutions can engage with species extinction and recovery of species threatened by extinction. The project investigates how the human-nature entanglements of contemporary extinction can be placed into cultural contexts within museum and art gallery exhibitions.
NoRS-EH is a national school for research into the environmental humanities. The school is a cooperative venture between NTNU Trondheim, the Univerisity of Agder, the University of Bergen, the University of Oslo, and the University of Stavanger. It is funded by The Research Council of Norway's Scheme for National Researcher Schools.
Asia-Norway Environmental Storytelling Network (ANEST) explores how knowledge and values related to the environment are disseminated and negotiated through stories in a wide variety of genres. This interdisciplinary cooperation between Norwegian and Asian researchers makes it possible to compare and contrast environmental stories in different cultural contexts. The project is financed by The Research Council of Norway's INTPART-programme.
BRIGHT: Bringing Research in Green Humanities into Teaching
The BRIGHT network was established in 2018 as a NordPlus Higher Education Network. Its goal is to envcourage and support cooperation on integrating the environmental humanities into existing first and second level teaching in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The network is financed by Nordplus and The Greenhouse.