Dag Avango



Dag Avango

Academic title(s)



KTH-Royal Institute of Technology


Div of history of science, technology and environment




Teknikringen 74D

Zip code

100 44 Stockholm





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Short biography

I am a researcher with a PhD in History of Technology, specializing in cultural heritage, particularly industrial heritage.

My research has primarily dealt with the relationship between resource extraction, science and geopolitics in the Polar Regions, and the effects of such interactions on environments and societies, from a long term historical perspective.

A related field of research is on industrial heritage and how it can contribute to sustainable development in post-industrial communities. I am part of the leadership of the Nordic Centre of Excellence REXSAC (Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities), i lead three closely related research projects dealing with the legacies of resource extraction in the Arctic, participate in one research project about the construction of cultural heritage in the Antarctic and one about the role of Sweden in global resource oriented colonialism in the 20th century.

Recent publications

Avango, Dag. 2017. “Working geopolitics: sealing, whaling, and industrialized Antarctica.” In Handbook on the politics of Antarctica, edited by Klaus Dodds, Alan D. Hemmings and Peder Roberts, 485-506. Cheltenham UK; Northhampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing.


Avango, Dag, Per Högselius, and David Nilsson. 2017. “Swedish Explorers, In-Situ Knowledge, and Resource-Based Business in the Age of Empire.”  Scandinavian Journal of History. doi: DOI: 10.1080/03468755.2017.1380923.


Avango, Dag, and Peder Roberts. 2017. “Heritage, Conservation, and the Geopolitics of Svalbard: Writing the History of Arctic Environments.” In Arctic Environmental Modernities: From the age of polar exploration to the era of the anthropocene, edited by Lill-Ann  Körber, Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerståhl Stenport, 125-143. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.


Avango, Dag, and Peder Roberts. 2017. “Industrial heritage and Arctic mining sites: material remains as resources for the present – and the future.” In Heritage and Change in the Arctic: resources for the present, and the future, edited by Robert C Thomsen and Lill Rastad Bjørst, 127-158. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press.


Robin, Libby, Dag Avango, Luke Keogh, Nina Möllers, and Helmuth Trischler. 2017. “Displaying the Anthropocene in and beyond the museums.” In Curating the future: museums, communities and climate change, edited by Jennifer Newell, Libby Robin and Kirsten Wehner, 252-266. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge.


Avango, Dag. 2016. “Acting artefacts: on the meanings of material culture in Antarctica.” In Antarctica and the Humanities, edited by Peder Roberts, Adrian Howkins and Lize-Marie Van der Watt, 159-179. London: Palgrave macmillan.



Hacquebord, Louwrens, and Dag Avango. 2016. “Industrial Heritage Sites in Polar Regions: sources of historical information.”  Polar Science 10 (3):433-440. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polar.2016.06.005.

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Research interests

Energy, Waste and Reuse, Governance, Environment

Additional research interests

Heritage, Legacies