Research topic: Shipping
Shipping is an international business in which Norwegian ship-owners have come strongly to the fore.
During the Napoleonic Wars, while Denmark-Norway was neutral until 1807, the shipping industry experienced exceptional development in Norway; but bankruptcies followed in the hard times after 1814. However, in the second half of the 1800s, the shipping industry in Norway reached new heights, much of it due to the used and poor ships which were bought cheaply abroad. Norwegian ship-owners lagged behind in the transition from sail to steam, but on the other hand moved quite fast in the transition to engines in the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1960s and 1970s, Norwegian ship-owners played a dominant role in the freight of oil, until the oil crisis led to a new collapse.
The Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History has a project on Norwegian international shipping from 1814 to 2014. Here the goal is to explain why Norwegian ship-owners have asserted themselves so effectively in international shipping, and to try and determine what ripple effects the shipping industry has had on Norwegian society.