Nhat Strøm-Andersen

Research Scientist

(+47) 940 56 442

Ås O43

Visiting address
Oluf Thesens vei 43, 1433 Ås


Nhat obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Oslo in 2020. She has a Master's degree in Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from BI Norwegian Business School, 2013. Nhat's research interests are related to sustainable food production and consumption through the lens of innovation studies, management studies, governance, stakeholder theory, and sustainability transitions. Nhat strives to understand systemic challenges and sustainability paradoxes in food system transformations.

  • Strøm-Andersen, N, Milford, A.B., Liu, X. 2024. “Sustainable Diets: Examining Policies Shaping the Development of Organic Food Production and Consumption in the Nordic Context”. In: Back to the future: Sustainable innovations for ethical food production and consumption. Wageningen Academic Publishers (forthcoming).

  • Forsberg, E.M., Corciolani, M., Szulecka, J., Strøm-Andersen, N. 2023. “Widening the scope of responsible innovation: food waste and the role of consumers.” Journal of Responsible Innovation, 10:1, 2243080. doi:10.1080/23299460.2023.2243080.

  • Strøm-Andersen, N. 2022. “Digital technologies and food waste reduction and prevention: benefits and challenges”. In: Bruce, D., Bruce, A. (eds) Transforming food systems: ethics, innovation and responsibility: 475–480. Wageningen Academic Publishers. doi: 10.3920/978-90-8686-939-8_74 

  • Szulecka, J., Strøm-Andersen, N., Capodistrias, P. 2022. “Food (in)security in a Nordic Welfare State: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Activities of Oslo’s Food Bank”. In: Calabrò, F., Della Spina, L., Piñeira Mantiñán, M.J. (eds) New Metropolitan Perspectives. NMP 2022. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 482. Springer, Cham. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-06825-6_140

  • Szulecka, J. and Strøm-Andersen, N. 2021. “Norway’s Food Waste Reduction Governance: from industry self-regulation to governmental regulation?” Scandinavian Political Studies:1–24. doi: 10.1111/1467- 9477.12219.

  • Capodistrias, P., Szulecka, J., Corciolani, M., & Strøm-Andersen* (Corresponding author), N. 2021. “European food banks and COVID-19: The impact on food redistribution and innovation in times of crisis”. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences. doi: 10.1016/j.seps.2021.101187.

  • Strøm-Andersen, N. 2020. “Innovation and by-product valorization: A comparative analysis of the absorptive capacity of food processing firms”. Journal of Cleaner Production 253: 1–15. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.119943.

  • Strøm-Andersen, N. 2020. “Incumbent firms in the transition toward the bioeconomy: Capabilities, strategies, and governance for by-product and waste valorization in the food processing industry”. Series of Ph.D. Dissertations submitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo, No. 823. ISSN 1564-3991.

  • Gregg, J. S., Jürgens, J., Happel, M. K., Strøm-Andersen, N., Tanner, A. N., Bolwig, S., & Klitkou, A. 2020. “Valorization of bio-residuals in the food and forestry sectors in support of a circular bioeconomy: A review”. Journal of Cleaner Production, 267, 1–13. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.122093

  • Strøm-Andersen, N. 2019. “Incumbents in the transition towards the bioeconomy: The role of dynamic capabilities and innovation strategies”. Sustainability 11 (18): 1–20. doi: 10.3390/su11185044.

  • Tanner, A. N., and Strøm-Andersen, N. 2019. “Meat processing and animal by-products: Industrial dynamics and institutional settings”. In From Waste to Value: Valorisation Pathways for Organic Waste Streams in Circular Bioeconomies, edited by A. Klitkou, et al., 127–144. Routledge.

  • Szulecka, J., Strøm-Andersen, N., Scordato, L., and Skrivervik, E. 2019. “Multi-level governance of food waste: Comparing Norway, Denmark and Sweden”. In From Waste to Value: Valorisation Pathways for Organic Waste Streams in Circular Bioeconomies, edited by A. Klitkou, et al., 253–271. Routledge.

  • Bolwig, S., Brekke, A., Strange, L., and Strøm-Andersen, N. 2019. “Valorisation of whey: A tale of two Nordic dairies.” In From Waste to Value: Valorisation Pathways for Organic Waste Streams in Circular Bioeconomies, edited by A. Klitkou, et al., 162–186. Routledge.

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This paper investigates the adoption of digital technologies for food waste reduction and prevention in Norway. It goes beyond studying one single technology, aiming to have a broad understanding of digital technology adoption as ‘a (digital) innovation system’ by applying a multiple case study of four different digital technologies used by companies in the food and hospitality sector in Norway. I strive to understand why Norwegian companies, i.e. food producers, grocery chains, restaurants, and cafes (or technology adopters) adopt the technologies in the first place and what benefits and challenges they may encounter along with the adoption. Data inputs for this paper are gathered from semi-structured interviews with several technology adopters. Empirical insights show that the benefits include economic advantage by reducing the amount of waste and increased awareness among employees. However, there are at least several challenges concerning the adoption of digital technologies. Some adopters found that the digital technologies were too costly, incompatible with their internal (IT) systems, or mismatched economic models. Another challenge is employee awareness about food waste and related digital technologies. The paper sheds light on the multiple and complex challenges in adopting digital technologies for food waste prevention and reduction.