Hilde Reinertsen

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Phone +47 22841652
Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Eilert Sundts hus blokk B 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1108 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Current project

I have been postdoctoral fellow and currently project coordinator at the Little Tools Project, which studies the science, politics, and markets of fisheries and aquaculture in Norway and the EU, both historically and today. The project is hosted by TIK and financed by the European Research Council (ERC).

Our case in point is the Atlantic cod: A species of great importance in Norwegian history and contemporary economy, yet also a reluctant participant in the ongoing innovation initiatives of the expanding aquaculture industry -- compared to the salmon, the cod continues to be a difficult fish to farm. My contribution to this study is analyses of Norwegian and EU policy schemes that seek to realise large-scale visions of the so-called 'blue economy' and the 'bioeconomy'.

A key part of this research on policy initiatives is interdisciplinary document analysis, in which we combine historical, rhetorical, and sociological methods with the approaches developed within STS (Science and Technology Studies). I have co-written a textbook on this topic with Kristin Asdal, published in Norwegian fall 2020 and forthcoming in English: Doing Document Analysis: A Practice-Oriented Method (Cappelen Damm 2020, under contract with SAGE for the academic year 2021-22). For a quick introduction to the book's approach, watch this short video or the two-part lecture below.


Academic interests

I am interested in the relationship between knowledge and politics, and how different forms of knoledge production shapes politics and society at large. I have investigated topics within political history, the history of science, environmental history, development studies, energy, aquaculture, petroleum, evaluation and audit.

During 2021-2024, I will be the principal investigator of a research project based in by PhD project about evaluation and audit reports, and how these are written, read and discussed in society: «Evaluation Optics of the Nation State: The Past, Present and Future of Public Documentation» (EVALUNATION) is financed by the Research Council of Norway under the funding scheme FRIPRO - Young Research Talents Follow this link to an abridged project description.

My doctoral research concerned the evaluation of foreign aid, specifically how this emerged as a distinct field of expertise through a combination of social science, public accountability, development policy, and aid administration. In my thesis, I analyzed how evaluation was institutionalized within Norwegian foreign aid during 1980-1992, with special attention to how the specific methods, routines, and systems contributed to transform the field of aid at large. A key question in the dissertation is how these different methods made it possible to see the results of aid. The analysis focused upon Norwegian petroleum-related aid projects, and the challenges of evaluating the effect of transferring expertise from Norway to developing countries. The dissertation is theoretically and methodologically positioned within the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies (STS).


TIK 4001: Technology, Innovation and Knowledge (Part 4: Introduction to Science and Technology Studies)

TIK 4011: Science and Technology in Politics and Society (Part 2: The Good Economy)

TIK 4040: Research and Design Seminar

HGO 4010: Qualitative Method (Document Analysis: video lecture part 1 and part 2)


Tags: Aquaculture, Bioeconomy, Public Sector Management, Policy Studies, Montoring and Evaluation, Foreign Aid, History, Science and Technology Studies, Document Analysis.


Kristin Asdal & Hilde Reinertsen 2020. Hvordan gjøre dokumentanalyse. En praksisorientert metode. Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk.

Kristin Asdal, Béatrice Cointe, Bård Hobæk, Tone Huse, Silje Morsman, Tommas Måløy and Hilde Reinertsen 2019. "The Good Economy: Re-casting the bioeconomy, its normativities and its trouble." The Good Economy Working Paper Series, no. 3/2019.

Reinertsen, Hilde & Kristin Asdal 2019. Calculating the blue economy: producing trust in numbers with business tools and reflexive objectivity, in Journal of Cultural Economy, July 2019, pp. 1-19.

Reinertsen, Hilde 2018. "Aldri nok rapporter? Om evalueringens optikk og bistandens resultater", i Kristian Bjørkdahl (red.), Rapporten: Sjanger og styringsverktøy. Pax Forlag, s. 60-87.

Reinertsen, Hilde & Kristin Asdal 2018. "Ikke lenger uberegnelig og uregjerlig? Visjoner om et kalkulerbart, produktivt og bærekraftig hav i politiske dokumenter", Arr. Idéhistorisk tidsskrift, nr. 3-4, s. 3-17. 

Reinertsen, Hilde, Kristian Bjørkdahl & Desmond McNeill 2017. Confronting the contradiction – an exploration into the dual purpose of accountability and learning in aid evaluation. EBA Report Series 6/2017. Stockholm: Swedish Expert Group on Aid Studies.

Reinertsen, Hilde 2016. Optics of Evaluation: Making Norwegian Foreign Aid an Evaluable Object, 1980-1992. PhD dissertation. Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo.

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  • Druglitrø, Tone; Hanson, Jens; Mäkitie, Tuukka & Reinertsen, Hilde (2019). Tverrfaglighet under press. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Klasbu, Stian & Reinertsen, Hilde (2019). Looking back, moving forward: Retracing one of TIK's intellectual roots. Teknovatøren.  (17), s 8- 9
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2018). "Documents: Treasure hunting in the aid archives.".
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2018). Dokumentanalyse.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2018). Evaluering av politikk som ekspertise.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2018). "Norsk bistand - kan alt måles?" Deltaker i panelsamtale..
  • Reinertsen, Hilde & Asdal, Kristin (2018). Humaniora til havs. Politiske dokumenter som kunnskapshistoriske tilnærminger til humanistisk miljøforskning.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2017). Hvordan dokumentere resultater av rettighetsbasert bistand?.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2017). Kampen om havrommet. Panelsamtale.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde; Asdal, Kristin & Hobæk, Bård (2017). The little tools of large-scale visions: Seeing like a firm. Conference presentation.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde; Bjørkdahl, Kristian & Hermansen, Erlend Andre T. (2017). Hvorfor skal vi tro på klimaforskningen?. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde; Bjørkdahl, Kristian & McNeill, Desmond (2017). Bistandens læringsproblem. Vårt land.  ISSN 0805-5424.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde; Bjørkdahl, Kristian & McNeill, Desmond (2017). Confronting the contradiction. An exploration into the dual purpose of accountability and learning in aid evaluation. Conference poster.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde; Bjørkdahl, Kristian & McNeill, Desmond (2017). Confronting the contradiction: An exploration into the dual purpose of accountability and learning in aid evaluation..
  • Reinertsen, Hilde; Bjørkdahl, Kristian & McNeill, Desmond (2017). Two sides of the same coin? Are learning and accountability compatible in aid evaluation? EBA report seminar.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde; Bjørkdahl, Kristian & McNeill, Desmond (2017). Vi måste prata om utvärderingarnas syfte. Biståndsdebatten.se.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde & Sætre, Simen (2017, 15. desember). Den fantastiske visjonen i norsk oppdrett. Historien om et dokument..  Morgenbladet.
  • Asdal, Kristin; Hobæk, Bård & Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Ble Helgesen akterutseilt?. Dagens næringsliv.  ISSN 0803-9372.
  • Asdal, Kristin; Hobæk, Bård & Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Hvem former havsatsingen?. Dagens næringsliv.  ISSN 0803-9372.
  • Bjørkdahl, Kristian; Reinertsen, Hilde & McNeill, Desmond (2016). Confronting the contradiction: An exploration of the tensions between accountability and learning in aid evaluation. Conference presentation..
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Bistandsreform i det blåblå. Dagens næringsliv.  ISSN 0803-9372.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Confessions of a lecturer. Teknovatøren.  (11), s 32- 33
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016, 06. mai). Intet rom for tvil.  Morgenbladet.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016, 24. mai). Krav om resultater endret bistanden. [Fagblad].  Bistandsaktuelt.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Measuring aid effectiveness.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). On contexting: Can the analyst "follow the actors" and still bring in her own choice of contexts?.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Optics of Evaluation: Making Norwegian Foreign Aid an Evaluable Object, 1980-1992. PhD dissertation..
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Optics of Evaluation: Making Norwegian Foreign Aid an Evaluable Object, 1980-1992. Seminar presentation..
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Optics of evaluation. Making Norwegian foreign aid an evaluable Object, 1977-1992. Conference presentation.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016, 26. april). Strenge rapporteringskrav kan tåkeleggje bistandsresultat. [Internett].  forskning.no.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016, 26. april). Strenge rapporteringskrav kan tåkeleggje bistandsresultat. [Internett].  UiOs nettsider.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde; Asdal, Kristin & Hobæk, Bård (2016). The Little Tools of Large Scale Visions: Seeing Like a Firm.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde; Bjørkdahl, Kristian & McNeill, Desmond (2016). Confronting the contradiction: An exploration of the tensions between accountability and learning in aid evaluation. Seminar presentation..
  • Reinertsen, Hilde & Falkenborn, Jarl (2016). Evaluation of foreign aid - interview with Hilde Reinertsen. Teknovatøren.  11, s 12- 15
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2015). Optics of Evaluation: Making Norwegian Foreign Aid an Evaluable Object, 1980-1992..
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2014). Hva er god bistand?.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2014). Norsk bistandsevaluering i historisk perspektiv.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2014). Norsk oljebistand og resultatarbeid i historisk perspektiv.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Assessing future impact.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Claudia Lenz og Trond Risto Nilssen (red.) Fortiden i nåtiden. Nye veier i formidlingen av andre verdenskrigs historie Universitetsforlaget, Oslo 2011, 343 s. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge).  ISSN 0018-263X.  92(3), s 486- 491
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Meeting Moving Targets: The Ambiguous Authority of Environmental Accounting in Development Aid.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Norsk utviklingssamarbeid: Hvor går veien videre?.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Panel moderator.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Rom for kritikk: En NGOs rolle i norsk offentlig debatt om vannkraftprosjekter i utlandet.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Sharing Knowledge and Ideas - the University as Innovative Partner and/or Critical Watchdog.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Technologies of timing: Planning, monitoring, and evaluation of Norwegian development aid projects.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Tusenårsmålene etter 2015 - fra et OECD-DAC-perspektiv. Kommentar.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde & Kall, Ann-Sofie (2013). Opening remarks: Engaging Environments. Analyzing lay knowledge and popular action on nature, the environment and climate change.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2012). Confessions of a lecturer. Teknovatøren.  2(3), s 50- 51
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2012). De borgerlige og utviklingspolitikken. Debattleder.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2012, 14. desember). "Familieliv i skvis".  Klassekampen.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2012). Hvorfor følges ikke "arbeidslinja" i utviklingspolitikken? Debattleder, politikerpanel.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2012). Ingen er herfra. Bokanmeldelse av Thomas Hylland Eriksen: "Veien til Baranquilla" (2012). Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2012). Inn til kjernen. Bokanmeldelse av Dag Hessen, Inger Nordal og Thore Lie: "Kristine Bonnevie. Et forskerliv" (2012). Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2012). Knowledge on the move. Understanding development aid.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2011). Fuelling global development: Norwegian efforts to translate and transfer petroleum technologies, experiences, and expertise to the developing world. Presentation, Kultrans Conference.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2011). Technology Transfer in Development Aid. Presentasjon på CenSES Årskonferanse.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2010). Nødrop. Bokanmeldelse av Linda Polman: "Krisekaravanen" (2010). Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde & Asdal, Kristin (2010). Fra naturfredning til klimakamp: Norges Naturvernforbund 1914-2014.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2008). Norge til verden eller verden til Norge? Utviklingsforskning, ikke-europeiske studier og bistandsforvaltningens kunnskapssyn i Norge, 1960-1980. Masteroppgave i historie.

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