Christer Nordlund

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Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies




Umeå universitet
SE-901 87 Umeå

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+46 90 786 97 33




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I am a historian of science and ideas focusing on the cultural, material and intellectual history of science, technology, medicine and the environment from ca. 1800 onward, mainly in a Scandinavian context. My research has been focused on three subjects: the history of the field sciences, i.e. geology, plant geography, ecology and archaeology; the history of endocrinology and the links between life science, medicine and industry; and environmental history, i.e. the co-construction of environmental science, environmental politics and environmental problems. I have also taken an interest in current science policy and theories of research organization, cooperation and creativity.

I received my Ph.D. in the History of Science and Ideas at Umeå University in 2001. I was appointed Assistant Professor in 2002, Senior Lecturer in 2004, Associate Professor in 2005, and Professor in 2010. I was associated with the Swedish Research Council in 2002; was a Visiting Rausing Scholar at the Office for History of Science, Uppsala University in 2003; a Visiting STINT scholar at the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, and a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, in 2004; a Visiting Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala in 2007 and 2011; and a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin 2010–2011. I was “Torgny Segerstedt Scholar” within the framework of the research program Pro Futura Scientia 2007–2014. In 2008 I was awarded a “Young Researcher Award” from Umeå University.

At the Faculty of Arts, I am responsible for coordinating the multidisciplinary research field Umeå Studies in Science, Technology and Environment (USSTE). I have directed two interdisciplinary research projects, one on the history of bio fuels called “The Fuel of the Future” (Formas) and one on the history of forestry and forest science, which was part of the research program “Future Forests” (Mistra). I am also Head of research, History of Science and Ideas, member (elected teacher representative) of Umeå University Board, and member of Steering Group for Innovation Office North and the innovation program DARE (Vinnova).

Member of the Young Academy of Sweden since 2011, member of Advisory Board for Center for History of Science, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 2014, and former Member of the Swedish National Committee for the History of Science and Technology, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2005–2011); member of International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO); member of European Society for Environmental History (ESEH), and Life Member of Clare Hall.

Furthermore, I am frequently engaged in review work for national and international universities, research funding bodies, and journals. Since 2011, I am member of Editorial Board of the book series Clio Medica: Perspectives in Medical Humanities, published by Rodopi Press.


Nordlund, C., ”The Moral Economy of a Miracle Drug: On Exchange Relationships between Medical Science and the Pharmaceutical Industry in the 1940s”, i Isabelle Dussauge, Claes-Fredrik Helgesson & Francis Lee (red.), Value Practices in the Life Sciences and Medicine (Oxford University Press, 2015), 49–70.

Nordlund, C., ”Peat Bogs as Geological Archives: Lennart von Post et al., and the Development of Quantitative Pollen Analysis during World War I”, Earth Sciences History 33:2 (2014), 187–200.

Hultman, M. & Nordlund, C., ”Energizing Technology: Expectations of Fuel Cells and the Hydrogen Economy, 1990–2005”, History and Technology: An International Journal 29 (2013), 1–20.

Nordlund, C., ”Motiv för vetenskapshistoria: Civilisationsdiagnos, vetenskapsanalys och kunskapsöversättning” [Reasons for the history of science], Lychnos: Årsbok för idé- och lärdomshistoria 2012, 207–231.

Espmark, K. & Nordlund, C., ”Married for Science, Divorced for Love: Success and Failure in the Collaboration Between Astric Cleve and Hans von EulerChelpin”, in For Better or For Worse? Collaborative Couples in the Sciences, red. Annette Lykknes, Donald L. Opitz & Birgitte Van Tiggelen (Heidelberg: Birkhäuser/Springer, 2012), 81–102.

Nordlund, C., Mårald, E. & Rosvall, O., ”Forests, Technoscience and the Future: Some Thoughts about Visions and Challanges”, in Being and Acting in Times of (Un)certainty, ed. Markus Nyström (Uppsala: Center for Environment and Development Studies, 2012), 85–96.

Lindkvist, A., Nordlund, C. et al., ”Attitudes on Intensive Forestry: An Investigation into Perceptions of Increased Production Requirements in Swedish Forestry”, Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 27 (2012), 438–448.

Keskitalo, C., Eklöf, J. & Nordlund, C., “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Swedish Forests: Promoting Forestry, Capturing Carbon, and Fueling Transports”, in M. Järvelä & S. Juhola (eds.), Energy, Policy, and the Environment: Modeling Sustainable Development for the North, Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation nr 6 (Philadelphia: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, 2011), pp. 133–151.

Lindkvist, A., Kardell, Ö. & Nordlund, C., “Intensive Forestry as Progress or Decay? An Analysis of the Debate about Forest Fertilization in Sweden, 1960–2010”, Forests 2:1 (2011), pp. 112–146.

Mårald, E. and Nordlund, C., “L'enviroment Nordique: Du mythe à la réalité”, ARTnord (2010), pp. 4–17.

Nordlund, C., “Hormones for Life? Behind the Rise and Fall of a Hormone Remedy (Gonadex) against Sterility in the Swedish Welfare State”, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 38:1 (2007), pp. 191–216.

Nordlund, C., “Endocrinology and Expectations in 1930s America: Louis Berman’s Ideas on New Creations in Human Beings”, British Journal for the History of Science 40:1 (2007), pp. 83–104.

Nordlund, C., “Between Science and Industry: On the Establishment, Organisation and Practices of the Swedish Geological Survey in the Nineteenth Century”, Earth Sciences History 26:1 (2007), pp. 127–149.

Nordlund, C., “How the Coast Became High: An Historical Introduction to the High Coast (Höga Kusten) World Heritage Site in Sweden”, Environment and History 11:2 (2005), pp. 113–138.

Sundquist, B. and Nordlund, C., “Science and Honour: The 11th International Geological Congress in Stockholm 1910”, Episodes 27:4 (2004), pp. 284–292.

Sörlin, S. and Nordlund, C., “Modernizing the National Landscape”, The Kenyon Review 25:3–4 (2003), pp. 301–315.

Nordlund, C., “’On Going Up in the World’: Nation, Region and the Land Elevation Debate in Sweden”, Annals of Science 58:1 (2001), pp. 17–50.

Nordlund, C., “Organising Geology for Display: The Museum of the Swedish Geological Survey, 1871–1915”, Nordisk museologi 2 (1999).


Egan Sjölander, A., Ekerholm, H., Eklöf, J., Lång, H., Mårald, E., Nordlund, C. & Sundin, B., Motorspriten kommer!: En historia om etanol och andra alternativa drivmedel [Motoralcohol is the future!: A history of ethanol and other alternative fuels] (Möklinta: Gidlunds, 2014), 184 pp.

Nordlund, C.,eds., Vägar till vetenskapen: Sveriges unga akademi om att bli och vara forskare [Paths to science: The Young Academy of Sweden on how to become a professional researcher] (Stockholm: Santérus, 2013), 298 pp.

Nordlund, C., Hormones of Life: Endocrinology, the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Dream of a Remedy for Sterility, 1930–1970 (Sagamore Beach: Science History Publications, 2011), x+297 pp.

Mårald, E. and Nordlund, C., eds., Kamerajägaren: Stig Wessléns skildringar av naturen och det samiska [The Camera Hunter: On Stig Wesslén’s Pictures of Nature and the Sami Culture (Umeå: Royal Skyttean Society, 2010), 256 pp.

Nordlund, C., Hormoner för livet: Endokrinologin, läkemedelsindustrin och drömmen om ett botemedel mot sterilitet 1930–1970 [Hormones of Life: Endocrinology, the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Dream of a Cure for Sterility, 1930–1970](Lund: Arkiv, 2008), 312 pp.

Mårald, E. and Nordlund, C., eds., Topos: Essäer om tänkvärda platser och platsbundna tankar [Topos: Essays on the Connections between Place and Thought] (Stockholm: Carlssons, 2006), 340 pp.

Nordlund, C., ed., Livsföreställningar: Kultur, samhälle och biovetenskap [Views of Life: Culture, Society and Bio Sciences] (Umeå: Royal Skyttean Society, 2004), 136 pp.

Lundgren, L. J., Nordlund, C. and Storbjörk, S., Miljöns mänskliga dimension: En studie av humanistisk och samhällsvetenskaplig miljöforskning [The Human Dimension of the Environment: A Study of Environmental Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences] (Stockholm: Swedish Research Council, 2002), 157 pp.

Nordlund, C., Det upphöjda landet: Vetenskapen, landhöjningsfrågan och kartläggningen av Sveriges förflutna, 1860–1930 [The Elevated Land: Science, Land Elevation and the Formulation of a Swedish Past] (Umeå: Royal Skyttean Society, 2001; 2d ed. 2002), 425 pp.

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