Terje Tvedt

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Terje Tvedt
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Terje Tvedt (born 24 August 1951) is a Norwegian academic, author and documentary film maker.

Tvedt is presently a professor at the Department of Geography, University of Bergen, and Professor in Global History, University of Oslo, Norway. He has previously been a professor of political science and development studies.[1]

Tvedt has published extensively on world history and water, colonial history and the international development aid system. He has also written on the Norwegian modern history of ideas with an emphasis on dominant worldviews in the era of development aid.[2] His books on Norwegian history has created very much discussions and public interest in Norway. He has received several awards for his research, as The Fritt Ord Prize,[3] and the Norwegian Research Council's prize for excellence in communication of science.[4] His books have been translated into a number of languages, as Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, German, Serbian, Swedish, and Ukraine.

Tvedt has written and presented a number of award-winning TV-documenaries shown all over the world. 'A Journey in the History of Water'. This film won the first prize as the best environmental documentary in the world in 1998, see,[5] The Future of Water, and The Nile Quest deal with world history and water. His other documentaries deal with development aid and the international aid system (in Norwegian). The films have been bought by networks like National Geographic, Discovery, Al Jazeera, Al Arabyya, Documentary channel and Netflix. See the YouTube channel on Water and World History.


Selected non-Norwegian book titles:


Selected documentaries include:

  • 2014: The Nile Quest, 3 episodes, (Norwegian Broadcasting Cooperation/Panopticon[10]
  • 2013: The Good Bombs", NRK Brennpunkt[11]
  • 2010: A Drop of Luxury", TV 2, Dokument 2
  • 2007: The Future of Water, 3 episodes, TV2/Panopticon[12]
  • 1997: A Journey in the History of Water, 4 episodes, Nowegain Broadcasting Cooperation[13]


  1. ^ https://tvedt.w.uib.no/. Tvedts homepage University of Bergen,
  2. ^ Tvedt's publication, see https://wo.cristin.no/as/WebObjects/cristin.woa/14/wa/personVis?type=PERSON&bruker=gsutt&la=en&instnr=184
  3. ^ "The Fritt Ord Prize". Fritt Ord.
  4. ^ "Former winners of the award for Excellence in Communication of Science". www.forskningsradet.no.
  5. ^ 17th Festival International du Film d´Environment, Paris
  6. ^ Review of A Journey in the Future of Water: Nathanial Matthews (2014), International Affairs, JSTOR 24538531
  7. ^ Review of An Annotated Bibliography on the Southern Sudan: Richard Gray (2002), J. African Hist., JSTOR 4100630; Mark Leopold (2003), African Affairs, JSTOR 3518407
  8. ^ Reviews of Angels of Mercy or Development Diplomats?: Jonathan Derrick (1999), J. Modern African Studies, JSTOR 161909; Adam Habib (2003), Voluntas, JSTOR 27927830
  9. ^ Reviews of Conflicts in the Horn of Africa: Reidulf K. Molvœr (1994), J. Peace Research, JSTOR 425404; James Quirin (1997), Int. J. African Historical Studies, doi:10.2307/221411; JSTOR 221411
  10. ^ The film is available here, Amazon Prime, https://www.amazon.com/The-Nile-Quest/dp/B07W58T6D9
  11. ^ The film is avilable here, NRK, https://tv.nrk.no/serie/brennpunkt/2013/MDUP11000513
  12. ^ The film is available here, Amazon.Prime,https://www.amazon.com/The-Future-of-Water/dp/B07N14YWSP
  13. ^ The film is available here, Tvedts YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCsTjcLEqZErWXnPPZuaDiK8nMeRXOBZ2