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Christer Nordlund

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of History of Science and Ideas.

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Professor at Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies Units: History of Science and Ideas
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A, Humanisthuset, HF137 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå
Affiliation
Affiliated as other position at Faculty of Arts, Dean's Office
Location
Förvaltningshuset, östra flygeln, plan 4, Umeå universitet, Universitetstorget Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Christer Nordlund is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of History of Science and Ideas. He is studying the cultural, material and intellectual history of science, technology, medicine, and the environment from ca. 1800 onward, mainly in a Scandinavian context. His research has been focused on three subjects: the history of the field sciences, i.e. geology, plant geography, ecology, archaeology, and field institutions; the history of endocrinology and the links between life science, medicine and industry; and environmental history, i.e. the co-construction of environmental science, environmental politics, and environmental problems. He has also taken an interest in current science policy and theories of research organization, cooperation, and creativity.

Nordlund received his Ph.D. in the History of Science and Ideas at Umeå University in 2001. He was appointed Assistant Professor in 2002, Senior Lecturer in 2004, Associate Professor in 2005, and Professor in 2010. He was associated with the Swedish Research Council in 2002; was a Visiting Rausing Scholar at the Office for History of Science, Uppsala University in 2003; a Visiting STINT scholar at the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, and a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, in 2004; a Visiting Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala in 2007 and 2011; and a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin 2010–2011. He was "Torgny Segerstedt Scholar" within the framework of the research program Pro Futura Scientia 2007–2014. In 2008, Nordlund was awarded a "Young Researcher Award" from Umeå University.

At the Faculty of Arts, Nordlund has been responsible for coordinating the multidisciplinary research field Umeå Studies in Science, Technology and Environment (USSTE). He has directed three interdisciplinary research projects, one on the history of bio fuels called "The Fuel of the Future" (Formas), one on the history of forestry and forest science, which was part of the research program "Future Forests" (Mistra), and one on the new gene technology Crispr/Cas9 and its ethical challanges (MAW).

In addition to a number of articles and reviews in scholarly journals such as Annals of Science, British Journal for the History of Science, Earth Sciences HistoryEnvironment and History, History and TechnologyIsis, Journal of Northern StudiesLychnos, and Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Nordlund has published the books Kamerajägaren (co-ed. 2010), Hormones of Life (2011), Motorspriten kommer (co-author. 2014) and Understanding Field Science Institutions (co-ed. 2017), and the popular books Vägar till vetenskapen (ed. 2013), Vetandets världar (2019) and Ingen självklarhet (co-ed. 2020). Together with Madeleine Hayenhjelm he is currently working on a book entitled A Red Line? On the Ethics and Risks of Human Germline Gene Editing.

Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences; Member of the Royal Skyttean Society; member of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) board; member of International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO); member of Editorial Board of the year book Lychnos; Life Member of Clare Hall college in Cambridge. Former member of the Young Academy of Sweden.

Nordlund is frequently engaged in review work for national and international universities, research funding bodies, and journals.

Forskardrömmar: berättelser för nyfikna barn, Stockholm: Fri tanke 2021 : 134-137
Nordlund, Christer
Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur 2020
Ingen självklarhet: om demokratins framväxt och utmaningar, Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur 2020 : 10-24
Hjelm, Jonny; Nordlund, Christer
Environment and History, Isle of Harris: White Horse Press 2020, Vol. 26, (4) : 495-520
Mårald, Erland; Nordlund, Christer
Humanimalt: oss djur emellan i medicin och samhälle förr och nu, Malmköping: Exempla förlag 2020 : 95-99
Nordlund, Christer
Lychnos, Lärdomshistoriska samfundet 2020 : 271-277
Nordlund, Christer
Dagens Nyheter
Adman, Per; Bergquist, Ann-Kristin; Bonnedahl, Karl Johan; et al.
Women in their element: selected women's contributions to the periodic system, Singapore: World Scientific 2019 : 134-144
Espmark, Kristina; Nordlund, Christer
Serie Akademi
Nordlund, Christer
Västerbottens-Kuriren : 22-23
Nordlund, Christer
Västerbottens-Kuriren, Stiftelsen VK-Press 2019 : 38-39
Nordlund, Christer
OKNYTT. Tidskrift för Johan Nordlander-sällskapet, Umeå: Johan Nordlander-sällskapet 2019, (1-2) : 44-61
Nordlund, Christer; Sörlin, Sverker
Arche - tidskrift för psykoanalys, humaniora och arkitektur, Göteborg: Freudianska föreningen 2018, (64-65) : 146-159
Ambjörnsson, Ronny; Elzinga, Aant; Nordlund, Christer; et al.
Från King Alfred till grangenomet: 50 år av växtforskning i Umeå 1967–2017, Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet 2018 : 9-48
Nordlund, Christer
Knowledge in motion: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the making of modern society, Göteborg: Makadam Förlag 2018 : 532-537
Nordlund, Christer
Knowledge in motion: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the making om modern society, Göteborg: Makadam Förlag 2018 : 582-587
Nordlund, Christer
Knowledge in motion: The Royal Swedish Academy and the making of modern society, Göteborg: Makadam Förlag 2018 : 513-518
Nordlund, Christer
Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, Springer 2018, Vol. 27 : 311-317
Nordlund, Christer
Västerbottens-Kuriren
Nordlund, Christer
Kunskap i rörelse: Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien och skapandet av det moderna samhället, Göteborg & Stockholm: Makadam Förlag 2018 : 532-537
Nordlund, Christer
Kunskap i rörelse: Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien och skapandet av det moderna samhället, Göteborg & Malmö: Makadam Förlag 2018 : 513-518
Nordlund, Christer
Kunskap i rörelse: Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien och skapandet av det moderna samhället, Göteborg & Stockholm: Makadam Förlag 2018 : 582-587
Nordlund, Christer
Thule: Kungl. Skytteanska samfundets Årsbok 2018, Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet 2018 : 161-168
Nordlund, Christer; Sörlin, Sverker
Sagamore Beach, MA: Science History Publications 2017
Understanding field science institutions, Sagamore Beach, MA: Science History Publications Ltd. 2017 : 1-12
Ekerholm, Helena; Grandin, Karl; Nordlund, Christer; et al.
Respons : recensionstidskrift för humaniora & samhällsvetenskap, (4)
Nordlund, Christer
RIG: Kulturhistorisk tidskrift, Vol. 99, (1) : 1-13
Mårald, Erland; Nordlund, Christer
Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, Umeå: Föreningen Kulturella perspektiv 2016, Vol. 25, (1) : 2-7
Nordlund, Christer
Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, Vol. 25, (1) : 55-56
Nordlund, Christer
Horisont (Svenska Österbottens litteraturförening), Vol. 63, (305) : 23-27
Nordlund, Christer
Horisont (Svenska Österbottens litteraturförening), Svenska Österbottens litteraturförening 2016, Vol. 63, (305) : 4-5
Nordlund, Christer
Kulturella Perspektiv: Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, 25:1
Västerbottens-Kuriren
Nordlund, Christer
Respons : recensionstidskrift för humaniora & samhällsvetenskap, (1) : 38-40
Nordlund, Christer
Dagens Nyheter
Allard, Christina; Axelsson, Per; Brännlund, Isabelle; et al.
Journal of Northern Studies, Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet 2015, Vol. 9, (2) : 9-36
Lång, Henrik; Mårald, Erland; Nordlund, Christer
Genres of scholarly knowledge production
Nordlund, Christer
Västerbottenskuriren
Nordlund, Christer
Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, Umeå: Umeå universitet 2015, Vol. 24, (1) : 50-60
Nordlund, Christer
Value practices in the life sciences and medicine, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015 : 49-70
Nordlund, Christer
Vägar till vetenskapen: Sveriges unga akademi om att bli och vara forskare, Stockholm: Santérus Förlag 2015 : 225-241
Nordlund, Christer
Historisk Tidskrift för Finland, Helsingfors: Historisk tidskrift för Finland 2014, Vol. 99, (2) : 147-190
Ahl-Waris, Eva; Nordlund, Christer
Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag 2014
Egan Sjölander, Annika; Ekerholm, Helena; Eklöf, Jenny; et al.
Västerbottens-Kuriren
Nordlund, Christer
Earth Sciences History, History of the Earth Sciences Society 2014, Vol. 33, (2) : 187-200
Nordlund, Christer
Thule: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundets Årsbok 2014, Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet 2014 : 149-159
Nordlund, Christer; Granéli, Annette
Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, Umeå: Föreningen Kulturella Perspektiv vid Umeå universitet 2013, (1) : 49-51
Eklöf, Jenny; Nordlund, Christer

Research projects

1 July 2007 until 31 December 2010
1 January 2007 until 31 December 2014