Shades of green – Enabling a transition in the Norwegian maritime sector

How are different shades of green negotiated as part of current efforts to enable a transition to sustainability in the Norwegian coastal shipping industry?

Irene Øvstebø Tvedten. Photo:

Irene Øvstebø Tvedten is a PhD research fellow at TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Culture. This seminar marks her midway evaluation.

Working title of PhD project

Shades of green – Enabling a transition in the Norwegian maritime sector.

Project description

In this PhD project, the objective is to explore a particular attempt at enabling a transition to sustainability in the Norwegian coastal shipping industry. The specific site that has been chosen for investigation is a Norwegian public-private partnership.

Greening the Norwegian marine fleet is not an easy task, because while most agree that the maritime sector in Norway should limit emissions, a more contested question is how, when, and to what degree. Looking for these contentions, this study could easily have gone on a quest to tell a classic story about how public-private interaction negotiates what ‘green shipping’ is and should be. However, this project underlines the importance of looking beyond such predefined categories in the study of hybrid organizational forms, and rather direct attention to how political situations are grounded in material forms. When we attend to these materials, we find that the story about a potential transition in the Norwegian coastal shipping industry is not only situated at the intersection of ‘public’ and ‘private’, but at an array of intersections.

This project sets out to look at how the mentioned partnership constitutes an assemblage of material artefacts and technologies that negotiate a specific version of ‘green shipping’, and how that version is painted in a very particular shade of green.

Thesis advisor

  • Susanne Bauer

Commentators

  • Tone Druglitrø
  • Sissel Myklebust

 

Published May 31, 2017 3:17 PM - Last modified June 1, 2017 8:49 AM