Sten F. Vedi grew up in Norway. He has graduated in English language and literature, political science and history at the Universities of Bergen and Oslo. He has a Ph. D. from the University of Sheffield in information studies. For shorter periods, he taught history at the Universities of Bergen and Trondheim, while holding other positions at those universities.
He has worked as a University librarian at the University of Trondheim and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, before taking up a position as Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at Lund University in Sweden. Since retiring from the university, he has taken a deliberate decision to return to the study of English renaissance literature and history.