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Peder Anker

(212) 998-7389
1 Wash Pl, Room 425

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B.A., Philosophy, University of Oslo, 1990
M.A., Philosophy, University of Oslo, 1993
M.A., History of Science, Harvard University, 1998
Ph.D., History of Science, Harvard University, 1999

Peder Anker’s teaching and research interests lie in the history of science, ecology, environmentalism and design, as well as environmental philosophy. He holds a PhD in History of Science from Harvard University, and has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Dibner Institute, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. He has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University and University of Oslo. He is the author of Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order in the British Empire, 1895-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2001), which investigates the entangled relationship between colonialism, racism and the science of ecology in the British Empire. He is also the author of From Bauhaus to Eco-House: A History of Ecological Design (Louisiana State University Press, 2010), which explores the intersection of architecture and ecological science, and he is a co-author of Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel, 2014), together with Louise Harpman and Mitchell Joachim. Professor Anker’s The Power of the Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World (Cambridge University Press, 2020) explores the history of ecological debates in his country of birth, Norway. His latest book in Norwegian, Livet er best ute: Friluftslivets historie og filosofi (Kagge Forlag, 2022), celebrates the simple joy of being outside. You may follow Professor Anker at his web page or on Twitter @pederanker.



The Power of the Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World

Peder Anker's The Power of the Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World was published by Cambridge University Press.


School of the Earth: Gallatin Reimagined 2061

Mitchell Joachim and Peder Anker's School of the Earth: Gallatin Reimagined 2061 was published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 


Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned

Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim's Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned was published by Prestel.


From Bauhaus to Ecohouse

Peder Anker's From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A History of Ecological Design was published by The Lousiana State University Press.

Grants & Fellowships


Faculty Fellowship

Peder Anker was awarded an Abu Dhabi Washington Sqaure North Faculty Fellowship for Spring 2020.

Awards & Honors


Award for Cultural Achievement

Peder Anker is the winner of the American Scandinavian Society's Crystal Award for Cultural Achievement.

Performances, Productions, Exhibitions & Releases



Peder Anker and Mitchell Joachim’s research and collaborative work was displayed at the Global Design NYU Berlin exhibition titled Berlin Collapse: Climate, Cities and Culture in Berlin, Germany from July 6-11, 2019.

Teaching and Research Interests

history of science  environmental affairs  ecology  and sustainable design   

Recent News


In 2019, Peder Anker was awarded The American Scandinavian Society’s Crystal Award for Cultural Achievement. Anker was the recipient of the Abu Dhabi 19 Washington Square North Faculty Fellowship for the Spring 2020.


The 2019 COLLAPSE: CLIMATE, CITIES, and CULTURE Exhibition, which was held at NYU Berlin and from June 6-July 11, 2019, focused on the design/artist community’s response to environmental urgency, using architectural models, design prototypes, drawing, and art to frame and advance this vitally important conversation. The exhibition contrasted examples of design from central Europe to show efforts to find solutions for our current state of planetary peril. The practices and projects selected for this exhibition came from different disciplines and operate at multiple scales, in a range of forms--constructed works, materials and systems research, community development, and speculation. These diverse projects were joined by their shared focus on improving the health and well-being of our fragile planet and all of its occupants.


With Terreform ONE, Mitchel Joachim, and Nicholas Gervasi, Anker published “Deep Impact: Animal-, Plant- or Insect-Aided Design as techniques to mitigate stress on urban non-human species in Topos Magazine's September 2020 issue.

The Power of the Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020.

Anker contributed the chapter “Computing Environmental Design” to Computer Architectures: Constructing the Common Ground, 1945-1980, edited by Theodora Vardouli and Olga Touloumi and published by Routledge in 2019.


Anker delivered the talk "The Power of the Periphery" at The National Library of Norway (April 2021), the Department of History, University of Bergen (February 2021), the Department of Philosophy, NTNU Trondheim (February 2021), The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (January 2021), The Greenhouse, University of Stavanger (November 2020), and History of Science Society’s Annual Meeting (October 2020), and the Institute of Public Knowledge, New York University (October 2020).

Anker was invited to “A High Mountain Utopia: History of Ecology” held by the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology Conference at the Finse Research Station in Oslo, Norway, from July 7-12, 2019.

Anker was invited to “British Imperialism and the Bauhaus Legacy” held at the Center of Literature at the Burg Hülshoff in Münster, Germany, on February 15, 2019.