Final PhD Seminar: Irene Øvstebø Tvedten

In this final seminar, Tvedten will present her PhD thesis draft about the anticipatory practices involved in negotiating the future of the Norwegian shipping sector and how it can become green(er).

To participate in this seminar please click this link (opens 10:00 AM June 25) 


Thesis title

Shades of Green: Calculating and Anticipating the Futures of Shipping



When is a ship fuel green? What is the correct monetary value of greenhouse gas emissions? How to reduce both air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions simultaneously? This project explores the valuation practices involved in such negotiations. Tvedten investigates how actors produce, maintain and challenge anticipatory knowledge about the future of Norway’s shipping sector and how it can become green(er). She asks: How are actors planning for the future of the Norwegian shipping sector, how are concerns for ‘Nature’ included in these plans, and what are the controversies involved? The study examines how regulatory, economic and material infrastructures govern interactions with the environment – with ‘Nature’. It looks into two topics which, at first sight, may seem very different from each other: shipping and economic analysis. However, these two are connected, since the Norwegian transport sector has traditionally been – and still is – known for planning for the future using economic analysis. In her work, Tvedten studies how economic analysis accounts for greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution as part of assessing the future of the shipping sector, and how it participates in shaping that future. She also discusses different alternative fuels that are considered for shipping in order to make it green(er), and the controversies involved. Overall, this project explores how different valuations of ‘green’ are formed, and how they interact and compete.



Susanne Bauer, TIK



Béatrice Cointe, MINES ParisTech (France)


About Irene Øvstebø Tvedten

Irene Øvstebø Tvedten is a PhD Research Fellow at the TIK Centre. This seminar marks the final evaluation prior to submission of her dissertation.


The manuscript (draft) is available upon request. Please send a request to Ingrid Helene Johnsen and she will ask Tvedten to send it to you.


Please register for the event by sending an e-mail to Ingrid Helene Johnsen, and you will receive a link to the Zoom-event.



Publisert 22. juni 2020 07:35 - Sist endret 24. juni 2020 08:54