Kirsten Ulsrud

Image of Kirsten  Ulsrud
Phone +47 22858481
Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Harriet Holters Hus 0851 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1096 Blindern Oslo

Academic Interests

  • Social and technological change to address environmental challenges and poverty problems, transitions to sustainability
  • Transfer of knowledge, experiences and technology between places and countries
  • Climate adaptation in poor communities, and other topics within development and the environment
  • Strategies and solutions to facilitate decentralized use of solar energy and other renewable energy technologies in developing countries
  • Practical, international cooperation as a strategy to promote transitions to sustainable energy solutions
  • The dynamics between technological change and social change, the multi-level perspective


Supervision within the following themes: Development and the Environment, Sustainable climate adaptation, Poverty reduction and technological change, Social aspects of implementation and use of solar energy and other renewable energy technologies, Practical cooperation between actors in different parts of the world for a sustainable society, Transfer of knowledge and technology, Cooperation between researchers and other disciplines on social change, Action research/engaged research

Higher education and employment history

  • Project partner in the EFEWEE project from 2016
  • PhD in Human Geography 2015
  • Project leader for the Solar xChange project from 2012 to 2017
  • Project coordinator for the Solar Transitions project from 2009 to 2014
  • Participation in the EU project COMPETE, on bioenergy projects in arid and semi-arid areas of Sub-Sahara Africa from 2007-2010
  • Project officer in GECHS - Global Environmental Change and Human Security and other projects at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography from 2005-2010
  • M.Phil thesis in human geography on solar energy experiences in India in 2004
  • Work within marketing and voluntary environmental activities from 1985 to 1998


  • Cooperates with partners from Kenya, India, Sweden and Norway-


Tags: Human Geography, Energy


Ulsrud, K., Rohracher, H. & Muchunku, C. 2017. Spatial transfer of innovations: South-South learning on village-scale solar power supply between India and Kenya
Winther, Tanja; Matinga, Margaret N.; Ulsrud, Kirsten & Standal, Karina 2017. Women’s empowerment through electricity access: scoping study and proposal for a framework of analysis. Journal of Development Effectiveness.  ISSN 1943-9342.  9(3), s 389- 417 . 
Ulsrud, Kirsten 2017. Grønne innovasjoner i sosio-tekniske systemer, I: David Christoffer Jordhus-Lier & Kristian Stokke (red.), Samfunnsgeografi: En innføring.  Cappelen Damm Akademisk. ISBN 9788202547752. 23. s 317 - 332
Ulsrud, K. 2015. Village-level solar power in practice: Transfer of socio-technical innovations between India and Kenya. PhD dissertation, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo, No. 546.


Ulsrud, Kirsten; Winther, Tanja; Palit, Debajit & Rohracher, Harald (2015). Village-level solar power in Africa: Accelerating access to electricity services through a socio-technical design in Kenya. Energy Research & Social Science.  ISSN 2214-6296.  5, s 34- 44 . doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2014.12.009

Ulsrud, Kirsten (2012). Bioenergy and sustainable adaptation in Africa, In  Bioenergy for Sustainable Development in Africa.  Springer.  ISBN 9789400721807.  Kapittel 24.  s 299 - 308

Eriksen, Siri E H; Aldunce, Paulina; Bahinipati, Chandra; Martins, Rafael; Molefe, John; Nhemachena, Charles; O'Brien, Karen; Olorunfemi, Felix; Park, Jacob; Sygna, Linda & Ulsrud, Kirsten (2011). When not every response to climate change is a good one: Identifying principles for sustainable adaptation . Climate and Development.  ISSN 1756-5529. 3(1), s 7- 20 . doi: 10.3763/cdev.2010.0060

Ulsrud, Kirsten; Winther, Tanja; Palit, Debajit; Rohracher, Harald & Sandgren, Jonas (2011). The Solar Transitions research on solar mini-grids in India: Learning from local cases of innovative socio-technical systems. Energy for Sustainable Development.  ISSN 0973-0826.  15(3), s 293- 303 . doi: 10.1016/j.esd.2011.06.004

Published May 25, 2016 10:14 AM - Last modified Jan. 26, 2018 2:53 PM