Who is Who


Per Högselius

Per Högselius (1973) is Associate Professor at the Division of History of Science and Technology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. He holds an MSc degree in Engineering Physics and History of Technology from KTH, a PhD in Innovation Studies from Lund University (Sweden) and a Docent degree (habilitation) in History of Science and Technology from KTH. He has also been a guest researcher at Bocconi University, Milan, and worked as an independent expert for the OECD. His research has focused on East-West relations in the history of science, technology and environment, with an emphasis on telecommunications, nuclear energy, electricity and natural gas – resulting, among other things, in a number of books published by leading academic publishers in Sweden, Germany, Britain and the United States. In Sweden, he is also active as an author of popular history books and technology- and culture-related newspaper essays.


Arne Kaijser

Arne Kaijser (born 1950) is professor of History of Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. He holds a M.Sc. (1973) from Lund University, and a PhD in Technology and Social Change from Linköping University (1986). He worked as civil servant in the 1970s and 80s with futures studies, energy policy and development aid. He came to KTH 1991 and was Chair of the Department of History of Science and Technology at KTH from1998 to 2007. He has been engaged in the Tensions of Europe-network since 1999, and he was project leader for Eurocrit, one of the four projects in the Inventing Europe program. He has been guest researcher at the Technical University of Delft 1993/94, at MIT 2001, and at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies2010/11. His latest books are (editor with Erik van der Vleuten), Networking Europe. Transnational Infrastructures and the shaping of Europe, 1850-2000 (Sagamore Beach: Science History Publications, 2006), and (with Per Högselius) a book about the deregulation and internationalization of electricity supply in Sweden: När folkhemselen blev internationell. Elavregleringen i historiskt perspektiv (SNS-förlag, Stockholm 2007). He was President of the Society for History of Technology, SHOT, 2009-2010.


Erik van der Vleuten

Erik van der Vleuten (1968) is professor in the History of Technology at Eindhoven Univerisity of Technology and is appointed as Scientific Director of the Foundation of Technology in October 2015. He published on the historical shaping, governance, vulnerability, and societal implications of infrastructure, including energy, transport, communication, water, food, industrial, financial, and ecological infrastructure. He also developed broader syntheses and concepts, e.g. on the networked nation, Europe’s infrastructure transition, transnational system building, transnational infrastructure vulnerability, and the promises and pitfalls of a transnational history of technology.

Erik is a program director at the Netherlands/Flemish N.W. Posthumus Institute for economic and social history. In Tensions of Europe, he co-organized international research programs on Networking Europe (running 1999-2005) and Europe’s Critical Infrastructure (running 2007-2011); served on several ToE advisory and transition committees; and chairs the ToE management committee in 2013-15. His latest publications include Högselius, Hommels, Kaijser & v.d. Vleuten (eds.), The Making of Europe’s Critical Infrastructure. Common Connections and Shared Vulnerabilities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); and Högselius, Kaijser, v.d. Vleuten. Europe’s Infrastructure Transition: Economy, War, Nature (Palgrave Macmillan, in press).



Serkan Karas

Serkan Karas was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. He speaks Turkish, Greek and English. He is a graduate from Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Bogazici (Istanbul, Turkey) with specialization on control engineering. He later studied at University of Maastricht (Netherlands) at the Inter-University Master Programme of European Studies in Science, Society and Technology (ESST). At the second semester of the ESST programme he visited the Joint Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at University of Athens / National Technical University of Athens, through an Erasmus exchange fellowship to write his thesis which bears the title ‘Representations of labour in computing technology advertisements: A study of the Greek computing journal Computer Για Όλους’. He is now doing his PhD at the Department of Philosophy and History of Science and Technology in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His research subject title is ‘Politics in Cyprus through technological networks and infrastructures in 20th century’. 


Fotini Tsaglioti

Fotini Tsaglioti is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Program in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the National Technical University of Athens. She holds master degrees from the same program (2007) and from the International Master Program in European Society, Science and Technology (ESST) (2008). Her undergraduate degree was in physics (Department of Physics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 2004). Her work focuses on historical patterns of automation that have been expansively used in non-renewable (steam) and renewable (wind) modes of energy production in historical capitalism. It pays special attention to the contrast between the rhetoric that accompanied the promotion of automation and problems regarding the sustainable use of automation technologies. She was a research fellow at the IAS-STS/IFZ in Graz, Austria (2009) (Manfred-Heindler grant recipient) and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Deutsches Museum, in Munich, Germany (2010).