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Mats Andren


Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
412 55 Göteborg
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Postal address
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg

About Mats Andren

Mats Andrén, b. 1958, diss. 1990, reader 1993. Senior lecturer at Södertörn University College 1999 and at University of Gothenburg 2003. Professor in the History of Ideas and Science from 2005. Affiliated to the Centre for Public Sector Research (CEFOS) 2000-2010 and to the Centre of European Research at Gothenburg University (CERGU since 2000, Director 2009-2011, Steering Group Chairman 2012-2015. Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Arts 2011-2016.

Has earlier pursued research in the history of economic ideas, on the ideologies of students, on Central European identities and on the concept of local citizenship. Several publications on ethics, legitimacy and the societal dynamics of spent nuclear fuel.  Andrén has published seven monographies, more than thirty articles/book-chapters and is the editor of twelve anthologies. Commissioned as external reviewer at universities in Denmark, Finland and Sweden, and for international journals and publishers. He supervises pgd-students, as well as candidate and master thesis, within the area of European research.

Carries presently out research on the idea of Europe. Several publications on cultural borders in Europe. Is writing a substantial monography on Europe in the mind 1800-2020, and editing a special issue, Thinking Beyond Europe's Cultural Borders for the journal European Review to be published 2019.


Recent English Publications


  • Andrén, M. (2017) (eds. w. Lindkvist, T., Söhrman, I., Vajta K.) Cultural Borders of Europe: Narratives, concepts and Practices in the Present and in the Past, New York and Oxford: Berghahn.
  • Andrén, M. (2014PB/2012 HB) Nuclear Waste Management and Legitimacy: Responsibility and Nihilism. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Strandberg, U, Andrén. M (eds.) (2011) Nuclear Waste Management in a Globalised World. London and New York: Routledge. 

Articles in international peer-reviewed journals

  • Special Issue: 'The Critique of European Nihilism: Interpretation, Responsibility, and Action', (ed. w. Wittrock, J.) European Review 22:3, 2014.
  • 'Nihilism and Responsibility by Karl Jaspers', in European Review 22:3, 2014.
  • Andrén, M. (2012) ‘The Uncomfortable responsibility: Ethics and nuclear waste”, European Legacy. Towards New Paradigms 17:1 2012.
  • Solomon B, Andrén, M, Strandberg, U (2010) ‘Three Decades of Social Science Research on High-Level Nuclear Waste: Achievements and Future Challenges’, Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 1 (3-4)
  • Strandberg, U & Andrén, M (guest editors) (2009) ‘Special Issue: ‘Contextualizing Nuclear Waste Management – Experiences from Canada, Germany, France, India, Sweden, UK, and the U.S.’, Journal of Risk Research. Vol 12, Issue 7-8, pp. 879-1033.
  • Strandberg, U & Andrén, M (2009) ‘Editorial: Nuclear waste management in a globalised World’, Journal of Risk Research. Vol 12, Issue 7-8, pp. 879-895.