Affiliated Researcher

Maja Fjaestad

Maja Fjaestad

Ph.D., Associate professor

I work as Policy director at Kommunal (Swedish Municipal Workers’ Union) and I am Associate professor at KTH. I previously worked as State secretary for strategic development and Nordic cooperation at the Prime Minster’s office. I have previously worked as researcher at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at KTH. I have also been visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and Desk officer at the Ministry of Industry and political adviser in energy issues to Minister of Energy, Mona Sahlin.

During my years as an historian of technology, I have explored different themes and different theoretical perspectives. A common thread, though, is the systemic approach where technology and energy must be seen as integrated in a larger societal framework. Energy cannot be understood without aspects of economy, culture and social perceptions. At the same time, I would like to underline that modern society cannot be understood without understanding the energy system.

Three recently published works:

  • Maja Fjæstad & Thomas Kaiserfeld, ”Det tomma Ingenjörshuset: Sociala processer, historiska händelser och ingenjörernas professionalitet” in Wormbs & Kaiserfeld (ed): Med varm hand: Texter tillägnade Arne Kaijser (Stockholm, 2015).
  • Maja Fjaestad, “Ingenjörerna och miljön. Profession och debatt i Svenska teknologföreningen 1965–1972”.  Scandia 2016:1.
  • Maja Fjæstad, “Fast breeder reactors in Sweden – vision and reality”, Technology and Culture 56(2015):1, p. 86-114.

Three frequently cited works:

  • Maja Fjæstad, “Fast breeder reactors in Sweden – vision and reality”, Technology and Culture 56(2015):1, p. 86-114.
  • Maja Fjaestad, “Winds of time: Lessons from Utö in the Stockholm Archipelago”, 1990–2001, Energy Policy 62(2013): November, p. 124-130.
  • Maja Fjæstad, Visionen om outtömlig energi: bridreaktorn i svensk kärnkraftshistoria 1945-80 (Diss. Hedemora, 2010).