Tanja Winther

Presentasjonsbilde av Tanja WintherTanja Winther holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and a Masters degree in Power Engineering. Her interdisciplinary academic focus centres on the social impact of electricity, with a particular interest in Southern contexts. She has conducted long term fieldwork in Zanzibar, Tanzania. In addition to her academic work she has been employed in the Norwegian utility sector and acted as consultant in development projects for Norad. For three years, she was Secretary to the Reference Group for the Trust Fund for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (TFESSD), The World Bank. She is author of The Impact of Electricity: Development, Desires and Dilemmas (Berghahn Books 2008). Her work has also been translated and published in Swahili (SUM, 2008). Winther is employed by the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, where she is also currently Director of the Masters Programme in Culture, Environment and Sustainability. Her main interests in the project include the socio-economic impacts of the improved energy supply, gender issues in participation processes, and the role of socio-cultural aspects in the socio-technical change and technology transfer.