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 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


  • Winther, Tanja (2021). Searching for variation and complexity, In Dan Podjed; Meta Gorup; Pavel Borecky & Clara Guerron Montero (ed.),  Why the world needs anthropologists.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-350-14714-0.  Chapter 6.  s 85 - 98 Show summary
  • Jackson Inderberg, Tor Håkon; Sæle, Hanne; Westskog, Hege & Winther, Tanja (2020). The dynamics of solar prosuming: Exploring interconnections between actor groups in Norway. Energy Research & Social Science.  ISSN 2214-6296.  70, s 1- 11 . doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2020.101816 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja; Ulsrud, Kirsten; Matinga, Margaret; Govindan, Mini; Gill, Bigsna; Saini, Anjali; Brahmachari, Deborshi; Palit, Debajit & Murali, Rashmi (2020). In the light of what we cannot see: Exploring the interconnections between gender and electricity access. Energy Research & Social Science.  ISSN 2214-6296.  60(101334) . doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2019.101334 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • 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 Full text in Research Archive. 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

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  • Winther, Tanja (2021). Møte med Lyse Kraft.
  • Winther, Tanja (2021, 01. januar). Searching for Variation and Complexity (Book Launch Interview). [Internett].  YouTube.
  • Winther, Tanja (2021). Skisse til intervjuguide i fbm Ledes pilot for utprøving av ny modell for nettleie.
  • Winther, Tanja (2021). Synergimøte Include - COJUST/NTRANS.
  • Winther, Tanja; Jordhus-Lier, David Christoffer & Westskog, Hege (2021). Presentasjon av Include.
  • Winther, Tanja & Røe, Per Gunnar (2021). Innspill til Oslo Science City (mars, april, mai).
  • Aasen, Marianne; Jackson Inderberg, Tor Håkon; Standal, Karina; Sæle, Hanne; Westskog, Hege & Winther, Tanja (2020). Hvem kan jevne ut strømbruken sin?. Teknisk Ukeblad.  ISSN 0040-2354.
  • Holsten, Hilde; Jackson Inderberg, Tor Håkon; Westskog, Hege & Winther, Tanja (2020, 09. november). Hvem skaffer seg solcellepanel hjemme?. [Tidsskrift].  Forskning.no. Show summary
  • Hultgreen, Liv Randi; Kallbekken, Steffen; Marstein, Erik Stensrud; Tomasgard, Asgeir & Winther, Tanja (2020). Krisepakker som forsterker krisen. Forskning.no.  ISSN 1891-635X.
  • Winther, Tanja (2020, 16. november). Bruk av solpaneler i Norge - resultater fra forskningen. [Internett].  Solenergiklyngens Podcast.
  • Winther, Tanja (2020). Equitable energy transition.
  • Winther, Tanja (2020). Forskningssenteret Include: Det rasjonale, planer og potensielle utfordringer.
  • Winther, Tanja (2020). Frokostseminar - Inkluderende energiomstilling: temaer, perspektiver og erfaringer fra tidligere forskning. Frokostseminar arrangert av Include og CIENS.
  • Winther, Tanja (2020). Include - Forskningssenter for sosialt inkluderende omstilling.
  • Winther, Tanja (2020). Innspill til nytt Olje for utvikling, Norad.
  • Winther, Tanja (2020, 01. april). Kan koronapandemien gjøre energibruken vår mer bærekraftig?. [Internett].  SUMs Pandemipodcast - episode 14.
  • Winther, Tanja; Jackson Inderberg, Tor Håkon; Røe, Per Gunnar; Westskog, Hege & Smørdal, Ole (2020). Dialogmøte med OED om Include.
  • Winther, Tanja & Smørdal, Ole (2020). Dialgmøte med Utdanningsforbundet.
  • Winther, Tanja; Standal, Karina; Szulecki, Kacper & Abram, Simone Almond (2020). How to achieve a socially inclusive and just transition to a low-carbon society? Innspill til Kunnskapsdepartementet fra Include-forskere. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja; Westskog, Hege; Jackson Inderberg, Tor Håkon; Røe, Per Gunnar & Smørdal, Ole (2020). Møte med 22 brukerpartnere Include.
  • Böcker, Lars; Holtsmark, Katinka Kristine & Winther, Tanja (2019). Bærekraftige bilavgifter 2025 – innspill fra enkeltforskere tilknyttet INCLUDE til Finansdepartementet.
  • Bridge, Gavin & Winther, Tanja (2019). Opening remarks: The role of energy and infrastructure in reaching social, environmental and economic development.
  • 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.
  • Jenkins, Kirsten & Winther, Tanja (2019). Energy justice – promises and limitations of a novel concept.
  • Winther, Tanja (2019). Establishing ‘INCLUDE’ as a transdisciplinary research centre on environmentally friendly energy in Norway: reflections on the process towards successful proposal – and some challenges ahead.
  • Winther, Tanja (2019). INCLUDE - INCLUsive Decarbonisation and Energy transition.
  • Winther, Tanja (2019). INCLUDE - et nytt FME Samfunn: planer, mål og forskningen senteret bygger på.
  • Winther, Tanja (2019). Moderator during session "The role of energy and infrastructure in reaching social, environmental and economic Development".
  • Winther, Tanja (2019). Presentasjon av INCLUDE.
  • 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 Vitenskap.  ISSN 2464-3033.
  • 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.

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Published Aug. 15, 2011 2:53 PM - Last modified Oct. 9, 2020 4:10 PM