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Mads Dahl Gjefsen

Mads Dahl Gjefsen

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Mads Dahl Gjefsen was a Predoctoral Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology & Society at Harvard’s Kennedy School from 2011-2013. During his time in the Program Mads conducted research for his Ph.D. in STS, supervised by Professor Göran Sundqvist and Professor Sheila Jasanoff. Today he works as a Regional Associate at WiSys Technology Foundation.

Mads’ PhD thesis analyzed how advocacy alliances promote the technology of carbon dioxide capture and storage in the United States and the European Union. The project sparked a sustained interest in the societal orders reflected in envisioned technological futures, and in the political and commercial affordances of technological promise making. Subsequent multi-author publication projects include analyses of the political economy of geoengineering promises, and reports on the conceptualization of technological change in Norwegian long-term public planning processes.

Mads holds a Ph.D. in STS (University of Oslo, 2015), an MA in STS (University of Oslo, 2009), and an MPhil in Archaeology and Heritage Studies (University of Cambridge, 2008). Before joining WiSys in 2016 Mads was an Honorary Fellow at the Holtz Center for STS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.


Gjefsen, Mads Dahl and Erik Fisher (2014). From Ethnography to Engagement: The Lab as a Site of Intervention. Science as Culture 23(3), pp. 419-431. doi: 10.1080/09505431.2014.926147.

Gjefsen, Mads Dahl (2013). Carbon Cultures: Technology Planning for Energy and Climate in the US and EU. Science & Technology Studies 26(3), pp. 63- 81.

Gjefsen, Mads Dahl (2013). Limits to prediction: Europeanizing technology in an expert forum. European Journal of Futures Research 1(1). doi:10.1007/s40309-013-0024-3.


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