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Martin Hultman


Senior Lecturer, Linköpings university (2015-
Researcher, Environmental history, Umeå university (2013-2014)
Visiting scholar, Massey university, Nya Zealand (2013)
Postdoc, Science, technology and environmental studies, Umeå universitet (2011-2012)
Visiting scholar, University of Canterbury, Nya Zealand (2011)
PhD in Social and Tecnological Change at TEMA and Graduate Programme of Energy System Analysis, Linköping University (2010)
MA in Social and Cultural Analysis, Linköping University (2002) 

Reasearch interest

Energy- and environmental politics; particularly environmental history and history of science and technology regarding energy-, climate and environment. Risk, processes of racialisation and social movements are three other scientific fields that I have published in earlier. With an interdisciplinary educational background I have come to use posthumanities, poststructual and decolonializing theories such as discourse and actor-network theory in my analyses. Food for thoughts has been provided especially by Barad, Callon, Deleuze & Guattari, Haraway, Latour, Laclau and Serres.


Ecomodern masculinity, Environmental Posthumanities, Ecomodern utopia, STS, Discourse theory, Sociology of expectations, Decolonialization

Current projects

My current research projects are centred around environment, energy and technology with a special focus on ecopreneurship, utopias, expectations, gender and climate.

1. Ecopreneurship
I investigate how sustainable entrepreneurs and network co-ordinators innovate small scale energy- and environmental technologies. I do international comparative research on case studies from Sweden and New Zealand both historically and contemporary understanding case studies together with norms, values, regulations and more. This is a continuation of a two year long Formas-funded project.  

2. Environmental Utopias
Visions of the future are important since they both channel our capacities as well as dominating our present experiences. In this research I analyze various kinds of ‘green’ visions about the future. I follow technological objects and how they are created by different actor-networks in relation to discourses.

3. Technology expectations
Expectations on performances, quality and outcomes are part of socio-technological change. I continue to explore this regarding environmental technologies.

4. Gender and energy politics
Energy politics is one of the most contested areas and also one that carries societal visions built upon identities. In this field I examine how gender is arranged in relation to science, technology and politics in a three year long project financed by Energimyndigheten.

5. Climate
Emissions from fossil fuels are defining our future and I am engaged in writing, practicing and conceptualizing different forms of actions to be taken that enable a livable future for next generations.


Hultman, Martin (2015), Den inställda omställningen. Svensk energy- och miljöpolik i möjligheternas tid 1980-1991, Gidlunds förlag

Anshelm, Jonas and Martin Hultman (2014), Discourses of Global Climate Change, Routledge: London

Hultman, Martin (2014), “The Ecotopia of WELGAS: A historical account of a small scale Swedish renewable energy utopia in the 1980s intertwined with energy- and environmental politics”. Edited by Karin Bradley and Johan Hedren, Green Utopianism, Routledge: London

Anshelm, Jonas and Martin Hultman (2014), ”A Green fatwā? Climate change as a threat to the masculinity of industrial modernity”, NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, (2) 84-96

Hultman, Martin (2013)”The Making of an Environmental Hero: A History of Ecomodern Masculinity, Fuel Cells and Arnold Schwarzenegger”, Environmental Humanities 2: 83-103.

Hultman, Martin, and Christer Nordlund (2013)”Energizing technology: expectations of fuel cells and the hydrogen economy, 1990–2005”, History and Technology 29(1): 33-53.

Åsberg, Cecilia, Martin Hultman, & Francis Lee, (2012), Posthumanistiska nyckeltexter, Studentlitteratur: Lund

Hultman, Martin, and Ali Yaras (2012) ”The socio-technological history of hydrogen and fuel cells in Sweden 1978–2005; mapping the innovation trajectory”, International journal of hydrogen energy 37(17): 12043-12053

Hultman, Martin (2011) ”Ekomodern maskulinitet; eller historien om hur Arnold Schwarzenegger blev 2000-talets miljöhjälte”, Tidskriften för genusvetenskap (4), 5-26

Hultman, Martin & Evangelou, Angelos (2010) “Auto-mobility vs. Self-mobility and Collective Mobility: The Socio-cultural Implications of the Use of Car in Cyprus”. Edited by Gronau Werner Transport Planning in the Eastern Mediterranean, MetaGis


Telephone: 013-28 10 00
Fax: 013-28 44 61

E-mail: martin.hultman@liu.se

Department of Thematic Studies -
Technology and Social Change
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping

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Technology and Social Change is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on how social actors create and use technology, and how technical change is woven together with cultural patterns, daily life, politics, energy systems, learning, and the economy in history and society.

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