Tanja Winther

Professor and Head of research centre INCLUDE
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Phone +47-22858915
Visiting address Sandakerveien 130 Bygg 2 0484 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1116 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic Interests

  • Electrification, socio-technical and cultural aspects (Author of The impact of electricity:Development, Desires and Dilemmas, Berghahn Books, 2008)
  • Sustainable energy consumption
  • Gender relations
  • Fieldwork: Tanzania (Zanzibar), Kenya, India, Malawi, Norway

Current Projects

Former Projects

Current positions

  • Employed by the University of Oslo (2006-)
  • Board member UiO:Energy (2017-)

Courses taught

I currently teach in the following courses:

Previously External Examinor at Durham University, UK, at the Master's programme:

Previously course leader/lecturer:

Background and former positions of trust


Tags: Energy, Electricity, Gender, Practice, Sustainable development, Africa, Asia, Norway, Consumption and Wellbeing, India, Global South, Europe


  • Matinga, Margaret N.; Gill, Bigsna & Winther, Tanja (2019). Rice Cookers, Social Media, and Unruly Women: Disentangling Electricity's Gendered Implications in Rural Nepal. Frontiers in Energy Research.  ISSN 2296-598X.  6(140) . doi: 10.3389/fenrg.2018.00140 Show summary
  • Standal, Karina; Winther, Tanja & Danielsen, Katrine (2018). Energy Politics and Gender, In Kathleen Hancock & Juliann Allison (ed.),  The Oxford Handbook of Energy Politics.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780190861360.  Chapter. Show summary
  • Ulsrud, Kirsten; Rohracher, Harald; Winther, Tanja; Muchunku, Charles & Palit, Debajit (2018). Pathways to electricity for all: What makes village-scale solar power successful?. Energy Research & Social Science.  ISSN 2214-6296.  44, s 32- 40 . doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.04.027 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Westskog, Hege; Winther, Tanja & Aasen, Marianne (2018). The creation of an ecovillage: Handling identities in a Norwegian sustainable valley. Sustainability.  ISSN 2071-1050.  10(6) . doi: 10.3390/su10062074 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja & Bell, Sandra (2018). Domesticating In Home Displays in selected British and Norwegian households. Science & Technology Studies.  ISSN 2243-4690.  31(2), s 19- 38 . doi: 10.23987/sts.56791 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja; Ulsrud, Kirsten & Saini, Anjali (2018). Solar powered electricity access: Implications for women’s empowerment in rural Kenya. Energy Research & Social Science.  ISSN 2214-6296.  44, s 61- 74 . doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.04.017 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja; Westskog, Hege & Sæle, Hanne (2018). Like having an electric car on the roof: Domesticating PV solar panels in Norway. Energy for Sustainable Development.  ISSN 0973-0826.  47, s 84- 93 . doi: 10.1016/j.esd.2018.09.006 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja & Gurigard, Kjell (2017). Energy performance contracting (EPC): a suitable mechanism for achieving energy savings in housing cooperatives? Results from a Norwegian pilot project. Energy Efficiency.  ISSN 1570-646X.  10(3), s 577- 596 . doi: 10.1007/s12053-016-9477-0 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja; Matinga, Margaret N.; Ulsrud, Kirsten & Standal, Karina (2017). Women’s empowerment through electricity access: scoping study and proposal for a framework of analysis. Journal of Development Effectiveness.  ISSN 1943-9342.  9(3), s 389- 417 . doi: 10.1080/19439342.2017.1343368 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Halvorsen, Bente; Larsen, Bodil Merethe; Wilhite, Harold Langford & Winther, Tanja (2016). Revisiting household energy rebound: Perspectives from a multidisciplinary study. Indoor and Built Environment.  ISSN 1420-326X.  25(7), s 1114- 1123 . doi: 10.1177/1420326X16629725 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Standal, Karina & Winther, Tanja (2016). Empowerment Through Energy? Impact of Electricity on Care Work Practices and Gender Relations. Forum for Development Studies.  ISSN 0803-9410.  43(1), s 27- 45 . doi: 10.1080/08039410.2015.1134642 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Ulsrud, Kirsten; Winther, Tanja; Palit, Debajit & Rohracher, Harald (2015). Village-level solar power in Africa: Accelerating access to electricity services through a socio-technical design in Kenya. Energy Research & Social Science.  ISSN 2214-6296.  5, s 34- 44 . doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2014.12.009 Show summary
  • Westskog, Hege; Winther, Tanja & Sæle, Hanne (2015). The Effects of In-Home Displays — Revisiting the Context. Sustainability.  ISSN 2071-1050.  7(5), s 5431- 5451 . doi: 10.3390/su7055431 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja (2015). Impact evaluation of rural electrification programmes: what parts of the story may be missed?. Journal of Development Effectiveness.  ISSN 1943-9342. . doi: 10.1080/19439342.2015.1008274
  • Winther, Tanja (2015). On the good life and rising electricity consumption in rural Zanzibar, In Karen V Lykke Syse & Martin Lee Mueller (ed.),  Sustainable Consumption and the Good Life.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1138013001.  Chapter 9.  s 146 - 164
  • Winther, Tanja & Wilhite, Harold Langford (2015). An analysis of the household energy rebound effect from a practice perspective: spatial and temporal dimensions. Energy Efficiency.  ISSN 1570-646X.  8(3), s 595- 607 . doi: 10.1007/s12053-014-9311-5 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Winther, Tanja & Wilhite, Harold Langford (2015). Tentacles of modernity: why electricity needs anthropology. Cultural anthropology.  ISSN 0886-7356.  30(4), s 569- 577 . doi: 10.14506/ca30.4.05 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Westskog, Hege & Winther, Tanja (2014). Electricity consumption: should there be a limit? Implications of people’s attitudes for the forming of sustainable energy policies. Consilience - The Journal of Sustainable Development.  ISSN 1948-3074.  11(1), s 97- 114 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja (2014). The Introduction of Electricity in the Sundarban Islands: Conserving or Transforming Gender Relations?, In Kenneth Bo Nielsen & Anne Waldrop (ed.),  Women, Gender and Everyday Social Transformation in India.  Anthem Press.  ISBN 9781783082698.  3.  s 47 - 61
  • Winther, Tanja (2013). Space, Time, and Sociomaterial Relationships: Moral Aspects of the Arrival of Electricity in Rural Zanzibar, In Sarah Strauss; Stephanie Rupp & Thomas Love (ed.),  Cultures of Energy: Power, Practices, Technologies.  Left Coast Press Inc..  ISBN 978-1-61132-165-4.  Chapter 8.  s 164 - 176
  • Winther, Tanja & Bouly de Lesdain, Sophie (2013). Electricity, Uncertainty and the Good Life: A Comparison of French and Norwegian Household Responses to Policy Appeals for Sustainable Energy. Energy and Environment Research.  ISSN 1927-0569.  3(1), s 71- 84 . doi: 10.5539/eer.v3n1p71
  • Winther, Tanja & Ericson, Torgeir (2013). Matching policy and people? Household responses to the promotion of renewable electricity. Energy Efficiency.  ISSN 1570-646X.  6(2), s 369- 385 . doi: 10.1007/s12053-012-9170-x Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja (2012). Electricity theft as a relational issue: A comparative look at Zanzibar, Tanzania, and the Sunderban Islands, India. Energy for Sustainable Development.  ISSN 0973-0826.  16(1), s 111- 119 . doi: 10.1016/j.esd.2011.11.002
  • Winther, Tanja (2012). Negotiating Energy and Gender: Ethnographic Illustrations from Zanzibar and Sweden, In Kenneth Bo Nielsen & Kristian Bjørkdahl (ed.),  Development and Environment: Practices, Theories, Policies.  Akademisk Forlag.  ISBN 9788232100330.  11.  s 191 - 207
  • Clancy, Joy; Winther, Tanja; Matinga, Margaret & Oparaocha, Sheila (2011). Gender Equity in Access to and Benefits from Modern Energy and Improved Energy Technologies. Gender Equality and Development, World Development Report 2012.  ISSN 0163-5085. Show summary

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  • Holtsmark, Katinka Kristine; Böcker, Lars & Winther, Tanja (2019). Er bilkjøring en rettighet på lik linje med god helsehjelp?. Dagens næringsliv.  ISSN 0803-9372. . doi: https://www.sv.uio.no/iss/om/aktuelt/i-media/2019/er-bilkjoring.html
  • Holtsmark, Katinka Kristine; Böcker, Lars & Winther, Tanja (2019). Nei, vi har ikke glemt behovet for å kutte utslipp. Dagens næringsliv.  ISSN 0803-9372.
  • Winther, Tanja; Saini, Anjali; Ulsrud, Kirsten; Govindan, Mini; Gill, Bigsna; Matinga, Margaret N.; Palit, Debajit; Brahmachari, Deborshi; Murali, Rashmi & Gichungi, Henry (2019). Women’s empowerment and electricity access: How do grid and off-grid systems enhance or restrict gender equality. Show summary
  • Westskog, Hege; Inderberg, Tor Håkon Jackson; Sæle, Hanne & Winther, Tanja (2018). Strøm fra folket? Drivkrefter og barrierer. CICERO Report. 04. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja (2018). Gender equality and Clean energy: Win-win or Conflicting goals?.
  • Winther, Tanja (2018). Nettselskaper og andre aktører Oppsummering av aktørenes perspektiver og forventninger til solstrøm i det norske kraftsystemet.
  • Winther, Tanja & Gill, Bigsna (2018). Key findings RA1.
  • Winther, Tanja; Kildal, Charlotte L & Bjerke, Lise (2018, 23. november). Derfor kan strøm påvirke likestilling. [Internett].
  • Westskog, Hege; Winther, Tanja & Aasen, Marianne (2017). The creation of and ecovillage..
  • Winther, Tanja (2017). Delaying or enhancing solutions to the Energy Dilemma? Reflections from an Energy Anthropologist.
  • Winther, Tanja (2017). Deltakelse i paneldiskusjon under lansering av Norads rapport "Norsk energisamarbeid 2007-15".
  • Winther, Tanja (2017, 10. oktober). Electricity as a social phenomenon. [Fagblad].  Antropologia 2.0.
  • Winther, Tanja (2017). Energy Anthropology Network Roundable and Discussion.
  • Winther, Tanja (2017). Energy and society.
  • Winther, Tanja (2017). More nuanced approach to electricity needed to ensure access for all. Development Today.  ISSN 0803-6209.  (2), s 11- 11
  • Winther, Tanja (2017). Sustainable Energy and Consumption, UiO.
  • Winther, Tanja (2017). Women's Empowerment and electricity Access: Proposal for a framework and methodological challenges.
  • Winther, Tanja; Westskog, Hege & Sæle, Hanne (2017). Plusskundenes perspektiver. Oversikt og foreløpige funn fra dybdeintervjuer med plusskunder i Norge.
  • Standal, Karina & Winther, Tanja (2016). Elektrisitet redder liv. KILDEN : informasjonssenter for kjønnsforskning.
  • Standal, Karina & Winther, Tanja (2016, 19. desember). Empowered by electricity. [Internett].  Kilden.
  • Standal, Karina & Winther, Tanja (2016, 12. februar). Equal Participation in Solar Projects Can Empower Women. [Internett].  The Quint.
  • Winther, Tanja (2016). Electrification has a gender impact. ScienceNordic.com.
  • Winther, Tanja (2016). Electrification in rural Zanzibar.
  • Winther, Tanja (2016). Electrification in the South: Strangely little is known about the impact on women's empowerment.
  • Winther, Tanja (2016). Getting the right gender indicators: observations, challenges and strategies.
  • Winther, Tanja (2016). Matching policy and People? Results from empirical Research in Norway on why measures for sustainable electricity consumption often fail.
  • Winther, Tanja (2016, 01. september). Slik har teknologien endret livet for de fattige. [Fagblad].  Bistandsaktuelt.
  • Winther, Tanja (2016). Studying domestic practices.
  • Winther, Tanja (2016). Women's Empowerment in energy Projects: What is the meaning?.
  • Winther, Tanja & Bell, Sandra (2016). Do we want to know? Domesticating In-Home Displays in Norway and the UK.
  • Winther, Tanja & Matinga, Margaret (2016). Women’s empowerment through electrification: what is (the) evidence?.
  • Winther, Tanja & Palit, Debajit (2016). Strangely little is known about electricity's impact on Women’s Empowerment.
  • Winther, Tanja; Palit, Debajit; Matinga, Margaret; Saini, Anjali; Govindan, Mini; Ulsrud, Kirsten; Standal, Karina & Gichungi, Henry (2016). Exploring Factors that Enhance and restrict Women’s Empowerment through Electrification (EFEWEE). Scoping study report.
  • Winther, Tanja; Standal, Karina & Hansen, Arve (2016). Gender, energy and consumption.
  • Winther, Tanja (2015). Derfor sparer ikke vi nordmenn på strømmen. Aftenposten Viten.
  • Winther, Tanja (2015). Electricity and social science: Ongoing Projects and key issues.
  • Winther, Tanja (2015). Energi, etikk og det gode liv.
  • Winther, Tanja (2015). Gender and development. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja (2015). Time, relations and senses of belonging: Electricity’s social impact in an African context.
  • Winther, Tanja (2015, 07. september). Tverrfaglighetens Tanja. [Fagblad].  Apolllon.
  • Winther, Tanja (2015). Why electricity needs anthropology.
  • Winther, Tanja & Westskog, Hege (2015). Power from the People: Results from preliminary interviews with prosumers and other stakeholders.
  • Winther, Tanja; Wilhite, Harold Langford & Holsten, Hilde Hartmann (2015, 14. desember). Life changes with electricity. [Fagblad].  ScienceNordic. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja; Wilhite, Harold Langford & Holsten, Hilde Hartmann (2015, 11. desember). Livet forandrer seg når folk får strøm. [Fagblad].  forskning.no.
  • Winther, Tanja (2014, 11. februar). Comeback gir garantert sparing.  Finansavisen.
  • Winther, Tanja (2014). Hvorfor er kunnskap om mennesker viktig for bærekraftig utvikling.
  • Winther, Tanja (2014). La inn strøm - hadde mindre sex. Plan : Tidsskrift for samfunnsplanlegging, byplan og regional utvikling.  ISSN 0805-083X.  (1), s 42- 43
  • Winther, Tanja (2014). Strømmens betydning for folks hverdag i en landsby på Zanzibar.
  • Winther, Tanja (2014, 01. april). Ut i verda - men kvar?. [Tidsskrift].  Forskerforum.
  • Winther, Tanja & Gurigard, Kjell (2014). EPC-pilot i borettslag. Utprøving av enegisparekontrakt med garanti (EPC) i Nedre Silkestrå borettslag. Rapport til Husbanken og Oslo Kommune.
  • Winther, Tanja & Gurigard, Kjell (2014). Energy performance contracting (EPC): A suited tool for achieving energy efficiency in housing associations? Results from a promising Norwegian pilot project.
  • Winther, Tanja; Gurigard, Kjell; Molvig, Jørgen; Amundsen, Kristin Helena & Fjeldly, Lisbeth Stokke (2014). Energisparekontrakter med garanti (EPC) i norske boligselskap: Hvordan de fikk det til i Nedre Silkestrå Borettslag.
  • Winther, Tanja; Ulsrud, Kirsten & Holsten, Hilde Hartmann (2014, 27. februar). Solar energy provides electricity in remote areas. [Internett].  ScienceNordic. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja & Westskog, Hege (2014). EPC i kommuner og borettslag - resultater fra forskning og pilotprosjekt.
  • Winther, Tanja & Wilhite, Harold Langford (2014). The effect of direct feedback on people's electricity practices.
  • Muchunku, Charles; Ulsrud, Kirsten; Winther, Tanja; Debajit, Palit; Saini, Anjali; Mauta, Wycliffe & Rohracher, Harald (2013). The Solar Energy Centre: An approach to village scale solar power supply. The Solar Transitions pilot Project in Kenya.
  • Winther, Tanja (2013). Fast, Dangerous and Powerful. Reflections on Electricity from the Field.
  • Winther, Tanja (2013). Glimpses from ongoing research on electricity’s social aspects.
  • Winther, Tanja (2013). How to take the household perspective into account so as to obtain sustainable energy systems and a positive social impact.
  • Winther, Tanja (2013). Kjønn og elektrifisering på Zanzibar. Hvorfor er Zanzibar et godt eksempel? Hva ble gjort riktig, hva kunne vært gjort annerledes/bedre?.
  • Winther, Tanja (2013, 08. juli). Smarte målere gir liten spareeffekt.  Aftenposten.
  • Winther, Tanja (2013). Social aspects of electricity in a development context.
  • Winther, Tanja (2013). Social aspects of local electricity supply. Experiences from the Solar Transitions Project.
  • Winther, Tanja (2013). Solar Transitions: Off-grid energy choices from a household perspective – experiences from India and Kenya.
  • Winther, Tanja (2013). Space, time, and socio-material relationships: Moral aspects of the arrival of electricity in rural Zanzibar.
  • Winther, Tanja (2013). The social impact of electrification. Glimpses from Africa and India.
  • Winther, Tanja & Gurigard, Kjell (2013). Pilotprosjekt, Nedre Silkestrå Borettslag: Utprøving av kontrakt med garanti om energisparing (EPC).
  • Winther, Tanja & Westskog, Hege (2013). Presentasjon av prosjekt på displays.
  • Winther, Tanja & Wilhite, Harold Langford (2013). Rebound from a practice perspective. Towards a better understanding of people's interactions with heat pumps in Norway.
  • Holsten, Hilde Hartmann & Winther, Tanja (2012, 14. august). Nordmenn vil ikke betale for fornybar strøm. [Internett].  www.forskning.no. Show summary
  • Westskog, Hege & Winther, Tanja (2012). Electricity – commodity or common property? Implications of people’s attitudes for the forming of sustainable energy policies.
  • Westskog, Hege & Winther, Tanja (2012). Electricity: Commodity or a right? Implications of people´s attitudes for the development of sustainable pricing systems.
  • Wilhite, Harold Langford; Elverhøi, Anders; Bakken, Vebjørn; Winther, Tanja; Braa, Kristin & Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2012). Social impacts of electricity in rural areas.
  • Winther, Tanja (2012). The introduction of electricity in the Sunderban Islands, India: Conserving or transforming gender relations?.
  • Winther, Tanja & Bouly de Lesdain, Sophie (2012). Electricity as a cultural concept implicated in everyday practices: A comparison of French and Norwegian responses to policy appeals for sustainable energy.

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