Hilde Reinertsen

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Ongoing research 

During 2021-2024, I am the principal investigator of the research project «Evaluation Optics of the Nation State: The Past, Present and Future of Public Documentation» (EVALUNATION). The project builds off from my PhD on the history of evaluation reports and how these are written, read and discussed in society. Financing comes from the Research Council of Norway under the funding scheme FRIPRO (Young Research Talents). Follow this link to an abridged project description.

A key part of both the EVALUNATION project and my previous work, is developing an interdisciplinary method for document analysis that combines historical, rhetorical, sociological and digital methods with approaches developed within the field of STS (Science and Technology Studies). I have co-written a textbook on this topic with Kristin Asdal: Doing document analysis: A practice oriented method (SAGE Publishing, 2022), which is an expanded version of the Norwegian original: Hvordan gjøre dokumentanalyse: En praksis-orientert metode (Cappelen Damm 2020). For a quick introduction to the book's approach, watch the short video below:

 

Academic interests

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

During 2016-2020, I was a postdoctoral fellow and project coordinator at the Little Tools Project, which studied the science, politics, and markets of fisheries and aquaculture in Norway and the EU, historically and today. The project was led by Kristin Asdal, hosted by TIK and financed by the European Research Council (ERC). Our case in point was 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 was analyses of Norwegian and EU policy schemes - more specifically, policy documents - that sought to realize large-scale visions of the 'blue economy' and the 'bioeconomy'.

My doctoral research at TIK during 2010-2015 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). My Ph.D. supervisors were Kristin Asdal (TIK) and Gabrielle Hecht (then University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, now Stanford).

Teaching

I have lectured on the topics of evaluation practice, aid administration and document analysis at OsloMet, NMBU/Noragric and the Norwegian Police Academy. I have previously lectured in the following courses at UiO:

TIK 4001: Technology, Innovation and Knowledge
TIK 4011: Science and Technology in Politics and Society
TIK 4040: Research and Design Seminar
HGO 4010: Qualitative Method (Document Analysis: video lecture part 1 and part 2)

For a full description of my teaching experience and other commitments, see my CV.

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

Publications

Asdal, Kristin; Cointe, Béatrice; Hobæk, Bård; Reinertsen, Hilde; Huse, Tone, Morsman, Silje Rebecca & Måløy, Tommas (2021). 'The good economy': a conceptual and empirical move for investigating how economies and versions of the good are entangledBioSocieties. ISSN 1745-8552.

Asdal, Kristin & Reinertsen, Hilde 2022. Doing document analysis: A practice-oriented method. SAGE Publishing.

Asdal, Kristin & Hilde Reinertsen 2020. Following viruses - following documents. Teknovatøren #19, pp. 26-29.

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

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

  • Asdal, Kristin; Cointe, Béatrice; Hobæk, Bård; Reinertsen, Hilde; Huse, Tone & Morsman, Silje Rebecca [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2021). 'The good economy': a conceptual and empirical move for investigating how economies and versions of the good are entangled. BioSocieties. ISSN 1745-8552. doi: 10.1057/s41292-021-00245-5. Full text in Research Archive
  • Reinertsen, Hilde & Asdal, Kristin (2019). Calculating the blue economy: producing trust in numbers with business tools and reflexive objectivity. Journal of Cultural Economy. ISSN 1753-0350. 12(6), p. 552–570. doi: 10.1080/17530350.2019.1639066. Full text in Research Archive
  • Reinertsen, Hilde & Asdal, Kristin (2018). Ikke lenger uberegnelig og uregjerlig? Visjoner om et kalkulerbart, produktivt og bærekraftig hav i politiske tekster. Arr - Idéhistorisk tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7005. Full text in Research Archive
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2018). Aldri nok rapporter? Om evalueringens optikk og bistandens resultater. In Bjørkdahl, Kristian (Eds.), Rapporten: Sjanger og styringsverktøy. Pax Forlag. ISSN 978-82-530-4052-3. p. 60–87.
  • Kall, Ann-Sofie & Reinertsen, Hilde (2015). Introduction: Engaging Environments. Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies. ISSN 1894-4647. 3(2), p. 14–17. doi: 10.5324/njsts.v3i2.2161.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2010). Fra teknisk ekspertise til politisk analyse - utviklingsforskning og bistand i Norge 1960–1980. Arr - Idéhistorisk tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7005. 22(1), p. 35–47.

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  • Asdal, Kristin & Reinertsen, Hilde (2022). Doing document analysis: A practice-oriented method. Sage Publications. ISBN 9781529759792. 256 p.
  • Asdal, Kristin & Reinertsen, Hilde (2020). Hvordan gjøre dokumentanalyse: En praksisorientert metode. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. ISBN 9788202543631. 276 p.

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  • Lohne, Kjersti; Mathé, Nora Elise Hesby; Myksvoll, Mari Skuggedal & Reinertsen, Hilde (2021). Akademisk ytringsfrihet: Tre løsningsforslag. Khrono.no. ISSN 1894-8995.
  • Asdal, Kristin & Reinertsen, Hilde (2021). Hvordan gjøre dokumentanalyse? En praksis-orientert metode.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2021). Document analysis: Opportunities for researchers.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2021). Project presentation (ISS): Evaluation optics of the nation state: The past, present and future of public documentation (EVALUNATION).
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2021). Prosjektpresentasjon (TF): Evaluation optics of the nation state: The past, present and future of public documentation (EVALUNATION).
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2021). Project presentation (SES): Evaluation optics of the nation state: The past, present and future of public documentation (EVALUNATION).
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2021). Project presentation (Osiris): Evaluation optics of the nation state: The past, present and future of public documentation (EVALUNATION).
  • Asdal, Kristin & Reinertsen, Hilde (2021). Including documents in the repertoire of practices: A method.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2021). Hva ser vi når vi evaluerer? Forskningspolitikk. ISSN 0333-0273. 44(1), p. 16–17.
  • Asdal, Kristin; Reinertsen, Hilde & Brenna, Anders (2020). Podcast: Den blå økonomien. [Radio]. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Nickelsen, Trine; Asdal, Kristin & Reinertsen, Hilde (2020). Dokumentene former livene våre - og hele samfunnet. [Business/trade/industry journal]. Forskningsmagasinet Apollon.
  • Asdal, Kristin & Reinertsen, Hilde (2020). Following viruses - following documents. Teknovatøren. 19, p. 26–29.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2019). Frokostmøte: Verdien av havet.
  • Klasbu, Stian & Reinertsen, Hilde (2019). Looking back, moving forward: Retracing one of TIK's intellectual roots. Teknovatøren. p. 8–9.
  • Druglitrø, Tone; Hanson, Jens; Mäkitie, Tuukka & Reinertsen, Hilde (2019). Tverrfaglighet under press. Morgenbladet. ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde & Asdal, Kristin (2018). Humaniora til havs. Politiske dokumenter som kunnskapshistoriske tilnærminger til humanistisk miljøforskning.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2018). Evaluering av politikk som ekspertise.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2018). Dokumentanalyse.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2018). "Norsk bistand - kan alt måles?" Deltaker i panelsamtale.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2018). "Documents: Treasure hunting in the aid archives.".
  • Reinertsen, Hilde & Sætre, Simen (2017). Den fantastiske visjonen i norsk oppdrett. Historien om et dokument. [Newspaper]. Morgenbladet.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde; Asdal, Kristin & Hobæk, Bård (2017). The little tools of large-scale visions: Seeing like a firm. Conference presentation.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2017). Kampen om havrommet. Panelsamtale.
  • 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 & 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). Vi måste prata om utvärderingarnas syfte. Biståndsdebatten.se.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2017). Hvordan dokumentere resultater av rettighetsbasert bistand?
  • 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). Optics of evaluation. Making Norwegian foreign aid an evaluable Object, 1977-1992. Conference presentation.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Measuring aid effectiveness.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde; Bjørkdahl, Kristian & McNeill, Desmond (2016). Confronting the contradiction: An exploration of the tensions between accountability and learning in aid evaluation. Seminar presentation.
  • Asdal, Kristin; Hobæk, Bård & Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Hvem former havsatsingen? Dagens næringsliv. ISSN 0803-9372.
  • Asdal, Kristin; Hobæk, Bård & Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Ble Helgesen akterutseilt? Dagens næringsliv. ISSN 0803-9372.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Intet rom for tvil. [Newspaper]. Morgenbladet.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde & Falkenborn, Jarl (2016). Evaluation of foreign aid - interview with Hilde Reinertsen. Teknovatøren. 11, p. 12–15.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Confessions of a lecturer. Teknovatøren. p. 32–33.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde; Asdal, Kristin & Hobæk, Bård (2016). The Little Tools of Large Scale Visions: Seeing Like a Firm.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Krav om resultater endret bistanden. [Business/trade/industry journal]. Bistandsaktuelt.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Optics of Evaluation: Making Norwegian Foreign Aid an Evaluable Object, 1980-1992. Seminar presentation.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Bistandsreform i det blåblå. Dagens næringsliv. ISSN 0803-9372.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Strenge rapporteringskrav kan tåkeleggje bistandsresultat. [Internet]. forskning.no.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Strenge rapporteringskrav kan tåkeleggje bistandsresultat. [Internet]. UiOs nettsider.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). On contexting: Can the analyst "follow the actors" and still bring in her own choice of contexts?
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2015). Optics of Evaluation: Making Norwegian Foreign Aid an Evaluable Object, 1980-1992.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2014). Norsk oljebistand og resultatarbeid i historisk perspektiv.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2014). Norsk bistandsevaluering i historisk perspektiv.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2014). Hva er god bistand?
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Norsk utviklingssamarbeid: Hvor går veien videre?
  • 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), p. 486–491.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Meeting Moving Targets: The Ambiguous Authority of Environmental Accounting in Development Aid.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Assessing future impact.
  • 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 (2013). Sharing Knowledge and Ideas - the University as Innovative Partner and/or Critical Watchdog.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Tusenårsmålene etter 2015 - fra et OECD-DAC-perspektiv. Kommentar.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Rom for kritikk: En NGOs rolle i norsk offentlig debatt om vannkraftprosjekter i utlandet.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Panel moderator.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2013). Technologies of timing: Planning, monitoring, and evaluation of Norwegian development aid projects.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2012). Hvorfor følges ikke "arbeidslinja" i utviklingspolitikken? Debattleder, politikerpanel.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2012). De borgerlige og utviklingspolitikken. Debattleder.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2012). "Familieliv i skvis". [Newspaper]. Klassekampen.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2012). Confessions of a lecturer. Teknovatøren. 2(3), p. 50–51.
  • 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). Ingen er herfra. Bokanmeldelse av Thomas Hylland Eriksen: "Veien til Baranquilla" (2012). Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2012). Knowledge on the move. Understanding development aid.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2011). Technology Transfer in Development Aid. Presentasjon på CenSES Årskonferanse.
  • 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 (2010). Nødrop. Bokanmeldelse av Linda Polman: "Krisekaravanen" (2010). Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde; Bjørkdahl, Kristian & McNeill, Desmond (2017). Confronting the contradiction: An exploration into the dual purpose of accountability and learning in aid evaluation. Expertgruppen för Biståndsanalys (EBA). ISSN 978-91-88143-28-0.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde (2016). Optics of Evaluation: Making Norwegian Foreign Aid an Evaluable Object, 1980-1992. PhD dissertation. Universitetet i Oslo.
  • Reinertsen, Hilde & Asdal, Kristin (2010). Fra naturfredning til klimakamp: Norges Naturvernforbund 1914-2014. Unipub forlag. ISSN 978-82-7986-092-1.

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