Sveriges Unga Akademi

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About Christers research

I am Professor of History of Science and Ideas, a field studying how thoughts and concepts about humans, nature, society and the superficial have developed, circulated and changed over time and space. My research is primarily focused on the cultural, material and intellectual history of science, technology and the environment, from 1800 onward, mainly in a Scandinavian context.

At the Faculty of Arts, Umeå University, I am Director of the multidisciplinary research group Umeå Studies in Science, Technology and Environment (USSTE), which includes projects on for example the history and culture of biomedicine, biofuels and forestry.

My latest book, Hormones of Life (2011), explores how the first hormone-based medicines in Sweden where developed in the borderland between science, medicine, industry, politics and media. The aim of my research is to contribute to the understanding and debate about how new knowledge is produced, motivated, communicated, evaluated, and used – or not used.

In brief

Born: 1970
Family: Wife, one son (b. 2006) and one daughter (b. 2009)
Interests: Family, culture, and running.
Grew up in: Örnsköldsvik
Other: Has been a visiting researcher at Cambridge University, Max Planck Institute for History of Science, and Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study.

It is educational and inspiring to exchange thoughts and experiences with researchers from different subjects and institutions. It gives me a good insight into the diversity of the university world while also providing me with perspective on my own work. I also have the opportunity to participate in the work of developing and improving the conditions for research in the country at a structural level, which is a meaningful challenge.

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