- Associate Professor
- KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Sabine is a physicist by training and my research in science and technology studies has been centered on the ways in which the geophysical sciences changed the perception of earthly spaces in the 19th and 20th centuries: The technology of ballooning enabled the new science of “aerology” or physics of the higher atmosphere that turned the “third dimension” into an object of scientific conquest. The oceanographic charting of the deep seas was part of the major geopolitical struggles at the peak time of European imperialism. In the Cold War era the figure of Spaceship Earth reconciled sufficiency and efficiency ideals in ecology and in space flight: concerns about space as a limited resource and beliefs in scientific and technological supremacy merged into visions of closed artificial habitats or “life-support systems”.
Currently, she is involved in a project on “Views from a Distance: Remote Sensing Technologies and the Perception of the Earth”, where she explores acoustic sounding technology for the mapping of the world oceans after World War II. She has also expanded my work on ecology to the relations between ‘service ecology’ and service economy of the 1970s. She studies how the servitization of nature supports market-based approaches to sustainability. Her case studies are stress ecology, the emergence of the concept of resilience, and biodiversity portfolio management.