Graduate programme in History of Science, Technology and Environment

Interested in doing research? History of Science, Technology and Environment attracts graduate students both from the humanities and social sciences and from the technical disciplines. The historical perspective deepens our understanding of contemporary issues and seeks answers across national and disciplinary borders.

The graduate studies program in History of Science and Technology at KTH was created in the early 1990s and examined its first PhD students in 1997. By 2011, twenty PhD students have graduated and seven licentiate theses have been approved.

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The name of the graduate studies program is now "History of Science, Technology and Environment". Its profile is broad, with specializations in Industrial Heritage, History of Science and Environmental History, all of which are characterized by a spatial and material approach when studying the past. Our graduate studies program holds a leading position in Sweden and Scandinavia. It has an excellent international reputation and strong international connections.

Since 2010 the following licentiate and PhD dissertations were defended and published:

  • Maja Fjæstad: Visionen om outtömlig energi : bridreaktorn i svensk kärnkraftshistoria 1945-80 (Hedemora: Gidlunds, 2010).

  • David Nilsson: Pipes, Progress, and Poverty. Social and Technological Change in Urban Water Provision in Kenya and Uganda 1895-2010 (Stockholm, 2011).

  • Johan Gribbe: Stril 60 : Teknik, vetenskap och svensk säkerhetspolitik under det kalla kriget (Möklinta: Gidlunds, 2011).

  • Ingemar Pettersson: Handslaget : Svensk industriell forskningspolitik 1940-1980 (Stockholm, 2012).

  • Martin Emanuel: Trafikslag på undantag : Cykeltrafiken i Stockholm 1930-1980 (Stockholm: Stockholmia Förlag, 2012).

  • Petra Bauer: Sisters! Förhållandet mellan politisk handling och estetiska strategier i samtida film (licentiate thesis; Stockholm, 2013).
  • Anna Åberg: A Gap in the Grid: Attempts to Introduce Natural Gas in Sweden 1967-1991 (Stockholm, 2013).
  • Carlos Cano Viktorsson: From Vision to Transition: Exploring the Potential for Public Information Services to Facilitate Sustainable Urban Transport (licentiate thesis; Stockholm 2014).
  • Eric Paglia: The Northward Course of the Anthropocene: Transformation, Temporality and Telecoupling in a Time of Environmental Crisis (Stockholm 2016).

In the graduate studies program, the PhD students alternate between writing their theses and participating in PhD courses – some of which are based at the division and some which are based at other universities.

During the autumn of 2011, the division gave the graduate course Theory and Method in Historical Research, Part 1 (7,5 cp) led by Sabine Höhler. In the fall of 2012 the division offered the international graduate course "Geographies of Heritage: Cultures, Environments, and Conservation in Times of Global Change" (5 cp), featuring David Lowenthal and led by Libby Robin, as well as the graduate course Organizational Theory and History: Science, Technology and Institutions (7,5 cp), led by Katarina Larsen. 

In the spring of 2013 the division gave the courses Theory and Method in Historical Research, Part 2 (7,5 cp) led by Peder Roberts, F1N5503 Introduction to the Research Process (7,5 cp) led by Sverker Sörlin and Ingemar Pettersson, and Urban Ecology – As Science, Culture and Power (4,0 cp), led by Henrik Ernstson. In the fall of 2013 the division offered the course Theory and Method in Historical Research, Part 1 (7,5 cp) (with STS focus), led by Sabine Höhler.

In spring 2014 we gave the course Research Communication (7,5 cp), led by Maja Fjaestad, and the course Vizualizing the World - Making Sense of Our Environments, led by Petra Gehring, Gabriele Gramelsberger, Mikael Hård, Sabine Höhler, Jens Lachmund, Josef Wiemeyer and Nina Wormbs. 

In the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015 we offered the course AK3101 Perspectives on Science, Technology and Landscape in Time and Space (15 cp), involving several teachers. The course was coordinated by Sabine Höhler. In spring 2015 we also gave the course Comparative Environmental History of Large Scale Technologies in the 20th Century (pdf 502 kB) led by Paul Josephson, Colby College, Maine, USA.

In the fall of 2015 we offered the course F1N5503 Introduction to the Research Process (7,5 cp) (in English) led by Sverker Sörlin and Peder Roberts. For information course F1N5503 Introduction english (pdf 130 kB)

In spring 2016 we offered the course "Political Ecology" (7,5 cp), led by Marco Armiero (for course information see PhD Course Political Ecology VT2016 (pdf 109 kB)  ). We also offered Organizational Theory and History: Science, Technology and Institutions (7,5 cp), led by Katarina Larsen and Lars Geschwind. For course information see Schedule AK3016 OrgTheory and History VT2016 (pdf 77 kB)

In the fall of 2016 we offer the course "Environmental Humanities" (7,5 cp), led by Marco Armiero. For course information and schedule see PhD Course Environmental Humanities HT2016 Syllabus (pdf 39 kB)

We will also give the course Theory and Method in Historical Research, Part 2 (7,5 cp) led by Nina Wormbs.

The graduate studies program in History of Science and Technology is mostly financed with external project funding. Enrollment of new PhD students is project-based and all candidates are reviewed in competition with others. If you wish to have more information please contact us.

The document "Graduate Studies Memo and Policy" for download on this page gives an overview of how we organize our graduate education. For information regarding eligibility requirements read the “General Study Plan for Graduate Studies in History of Science, Technology and Environment", also available for download on this page.  

For additional information, please contact:

Nina Wormbs

Director of Graduate Studies at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment

+46 (8) 790 85 83

nina.wormbs@abe.kth.se

Here are the documents for download. We apologise for the circumstance that not all documents are available in English yet.

Graduate Studies Memo and Policy 2015 (pdf 197 kB)

General Studyplan Historical Studies 2015 (pdf 63 kB)

Guidelines for Departmental Service 2016 (pdf 43 kB)

Individual Studyplan (doc 143 kB)

Doktorandavtal 2006 (pdf 107 kB)

Departmental Service Guidelines (pdf 55 kB)

ABE-skolans kvalitetspolicy (doc 34 kB)

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