May-Britt Öhman

researcher at Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism

Visiting address:
Engelska parken
Thunbergsvägen 3C, vån 3 hus 22

Postal address:
Box 511
751 20 Uppsala

Short presentation

Buoris! Hello!

Associate professor Environmental History, ÅAU 2020
PhD History of Technology, 2007 KTH. Diss: "Taming exotic beauties.."

CEMFOR Jan 2018-

Centre f Gender Research 2008 - 2018.
Gender, Science and Technology Studies; Safety, Risk, Resilience, Environment, Disasters; History of Science and Technology; History; Decolonizing/ Indigenous Studies/Methodologies/Theories; Arctic; Technoscience; Racial biology; Sustainable Development, Settler colonialism.

Keywords: climate change disaster risk reduction disaster vulnerability science studies technology studies history of ideas and science human security environmental issues sociotechnical systems philosophy of science gender technoscience resilience sustainable development racial biology feminist technoscience healing from colonial traumas innovations land based education land based knowledge settler colonial studies indigenous studies historical traumas ego histoire dam safety indigenous peoples knowledges

PhD in History of Technology, Dissertation "Taming Exotic Beauties: Swedish Hydro Power Constructions in Tanzania in the Era of Development Assistance, 1960s - 1990s" 2007, Royal Institute of Technology

Docent (Associate professor level) in Environmental History, Åbo Akademi University, 2020.

Other websites: and - I don't update often but can be interesting as introductions to what I do.


You can find my publications at (papers available here)


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Research projects

2020-2021 Main applicant and project leader: "Pandemic in the (sub) Arctic North: A supra-disciplinary and interdisciplinary data collection on experiences, resilience and social mobilization during the Covid19 pandemic with a focus on Norrbotten County FORMAS emergency funding 3,089 MSEK

2019-2022 Main applicant Living without oil?! Rethinking relations with lands and waters with Indigenous Land Based Expertise for a transition towards a fossil free welfare society, FORMAS Dnr 2019-01975, 7,5 MSEK within the Swedish National Research Programme on Climate

2017-2019 Main applicant and project leader. FORMAS dnr 2017-01923. Indigenous Climate Change Studies: Indigenous Expertise meets Western Technological Design and Innovation 8,933 MSEK.

2017-2019 Main applicant and project leader. FORMAS dnr 2016-01039, future research leaders. Safe and Sustainable Energy Futures: Assumptions and Actions, Visions and Decisions) 2 997 MSEK

2017-2019 co-applicant and scientific responsibility for Feminist and Indigenous methodologies/theories. Artistic research. Swedish Research Council, Vetenskapsrådet. Att ge mig mitt perspektiv: Rasbiologernas spår i det samiska folkhemmet, main applicant: Katarina Pirak Sikku. 5 MSEK

2016-2018 Science, validation, partial perspectives: Knowledge production beyond the norms” SEK 2,6 MSEK Faculty of Arts, Uppsala University

2012-2015 Main applicant and project leader. FORMAS. Rivers, resistance and resilience: Sustainable futures in Sápmi and in other indigenous peoples’ territories. 6 MSEK.

2010-2012 Main applicant and project leader - Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet): “DAMMED: Security, risk and resilience around the dams of Sub Arctica” (in total 4 participants, UMU, LTU, KTH and UU)

2012-2014 Co-applicant. Swedish Research Council, (Vetenskapsrådet) SEK 3 million (with Dr. Seema Arora Jonsson at Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, Uppsala) “Gender and Sustainable Development: Policy and Practice in Environmental Management”.

2012-2014 Senior researcher (part-time) and research co-ordinator for CfG, member of research council, to the Mind and Nature research project financed by Faculty of Arts, Uppsala Univ., 2012-2014, SEK 4,5 million.

2008-2010 PostDoc Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet)

PhD project “Swedish Energy Assistance in a Historical Perspective”, financed by Sida-Sarec and also part of the “Science, Technological Change, and Industrial Innovation” 1996-2008 financed by The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.

Dissertation 2007: Taming Exotic Beauties: Swedish Hydro Power Constructions in Tanzania in the Era of Development Assistance, 1960s - 1990s

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May-Britt Öhman