Sabine Höhler



Sabine Höhler

Academic title(s)

Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies


KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm


Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment


Teknikringen 74 D, Stockholm

Zip code

100 44



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Short biography

I was trained as a physicist and received my PhD in history of science and technology from Braunschweig University of Technology in Germany. I came to Sweden and KTH in 2011 as an associate professor of science and technology studies. My research addresses the earth and environmental sciences from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century in a global historical perspective: aviation and atmospheric physics; oceanography and deep-sea exploration; space flight and ecology. My recent work focused on the spaceship as a key metaphor in the late twentieth-century debate over the world’s resources and the future of humankind. Currently I work on a project on the science and the fiction of terraforming and changing concepts of life on Earth.

Recent publications

“Survival: Mars Fiction and Experiments with Life on Earth”. Environmental Philosophy 14 (2017) 1, Special Issue “Immortality and Infinitude in the Anthropocene”, eds. Michelle Bastian and Thom van Dooren, pp. 83-100.

“Local Disruption or Global Condition? El Niño as Weather and as Climate Phenomenon”. GEO Geography and Environment 4 (2017) 1, Special Issue “Global Environmental Images”, ed. Sebastian Grevsmühl (online open access, 11 pages,

Spaceship Earth in the Environmental Age, 1960-1990 (“History and Philosophy of Technoscience” Vol. 4). London: Pickering & Chatto 2015, paperback edition London/New York: Routledge 2016.

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Role in Tensions of Europe


Research interests


Additional research interests

earth sciences, space sciences, ecotechnology