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  • E-mailKjetil.Rommetveit@uib.no
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Since 2008 I have been engaged in research on the governance of technoscience and large-scale ICT systems, in the European Union and nationally in Norway. I have been the main instigator and principal researcher of two FP7 projects (TECHNOLIFE, EPINET) and one Horizon 2020 project (CANDID), dealing with technologies such as biometrics, human enhancements, Geographical Imaging Systems, and autonomous robotics. Drawing on philosophy (hermeneutics, pragmatics) and science and technology studies, my research takes an interpretative approach to governance of science and technology. This includes the main following aspects: their public-legitimatory role as providers of public meaning, especially as the sciences seem to become increasingly conflated with main policy agendas (from climate change and energy through to security and health care); the relations between technoscientific policy agendas with their imagined publics under increased pressure to innovate and address societal challenges; finally, I have focused on the role of different kinds of expertise, such as ethics, law and technology assessments, and lately also so-called Responsible Research and Innovation, as ways of addressing increasingly policy-driven and (“grand”) challenges-oriented interdisciplinary research. Many of my publications turn around concepts such as autonomy, privacy, responsibility and democracy, and the ways in which these become mutually transformed and co-produced with changes in the technosciences. Lately, this also includes an interest in how such ethical-legal-political concepts become matters of risk management and engineering in fields such as data protection and social robotics. I have practical experience with a number of deliberative formats, such as online forums, workshop methodologies and public engagements. I have a broad experience in interacting with policy makers, publics, civil society, researchers and regulators, including also broad media experience. 

 

Theory of science and ethics (nano 310), Master level, Faculty of Natural Science

 

 

 

Books
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Funtowicz, Silvio; Strand, Roger. 2010. Irresponsible, Reckless and Deeply Immoral”—Knowledge, Democracy and Action in Response to Climate Change”. In. Bhaskar, R. et. al Interdisciplinarity and Climate Change Transforming Knowledge and Practice for Our Global Future. Routledge. 20 pages. ISBN: 978-0-415-57388-7.
Journal articles
  • Gunnarsdóttir, Kristrún; Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2017. The biometric imaginary: (Dis)trust in a policy vacuum. Public Understanding of Science. 26: 195-211. doi: 10.1177/0963662516688128
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Wynne, Brian. 2017. Technoscience, imagined publics and public imaginations. Public Understanding of Science. 26: 133-147. doi: 10.1177/0963662516663057
  • Strand, Roger; Saltelli, Andrea; Giampietro, Mario; Rommetveit, Kjetil; Funtowicz, Silvio Oscar. 2016. New narratives for innovation. Journal of Cleaner Production. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.10.194
  • van Dijk, Niels; Gellert, Raphael; Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2016. A risk to a right? beyond data protection risk assessments. Computer Law and Security Report. 32: 286-306. doi: 10.1016/j.clsr.2015.12.017
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2015. Den Lange Marsjen ved et veiskille. Vagant. 2.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Gunnarsdottir, Kristrun; Jebsen, Kim Sune; Bertilsson, Margareta; Verrax, Fanny; Strand, Roger. 2013. The Technolife Project: An experimental approach to new ethical frameworks for emerging science and technology. International Journal of Sustainable Development. 16: 23-44. doi: 10.1504/IJSD.2013.053789
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Scully, Jackie Leach; Porz, Rouven. 2013. The role of moral imagination in patients decision-making. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 38: 160-172. doi: 10.1093/jmp/jht006
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Solbakk, Jan Helge. 2013. Hvem tjener på den genetiske nypaternalismen? Morgenbladet. Published 2013-03-22.
  • Delgado Aleman, Ana Maria; Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2012. 'Our strength is diversity': imaginaries of nature and community in a Brazilian social movement. International Journal of Sustainable Development. 15: 353-373. doi: 10.1504/IJSD.2012.050032
  • Delgado Aleman, Ana Maria; Rommetveit, Kjetil; Lemkow, Louis; Barcelo, Miquel. 2012. Imagining High-Tech Bodies: Science Fiction and the Ethics of Enhancement. Science communication. 34: 200-240. doi: 10.1177/1075547011408928
  • Strand, Roger; Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2012. Avstand og Avmakt. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 1. 106-110.
  • Delgado, Ana; Rommetveit, Kjetil; Lemkow, Louis; Barcelo, Miquel. 2011. Imagining high-tech bodies: Science fiction and the ethics of enhancement (published online). Science communication. Published 2011-06-28. doi: 10.1177/1075547011408928
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2011. Genetic enhancement, futures tense. Futures : The journal of policy, planning and futures studies. 43: 76-85.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2011. Genetic enhancement, futures tense. Futures : The journal of policy, planning and futures studies. 43: 76-85. doi: 10.1016/j.futures.2010.10.014
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2011. Tackling Epistemological Naivety: Large-Scale Information Systems and the Complexities of the Common Good. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 20: 584-595. doi: 10.1017/S0963180111000326
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2011. Tackling epistemological naivety: large-scale information systems and the complexities of the common good. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 2: 584-595.
  • Strand, Roger; Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2011. trond, tora og askeladden – et forskningspolitisk eventyr. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 3: 263-272.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2009. I pandemiens tidsalder. Bergens Tidende. Published 2009-09-02.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Porz, Rouven. 2009. Tragedy and Grenzsituationen in genetic prediction. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy. 12: 9-16. doi: 10.1007/s11019-008-9139-x
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2008. Towards a hermeneutic of techno-medical objects. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. 29: 103-120. doi: 10.1007/s11017-008-9064-2
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Porz, Rouven. 2008. Tragedy and boundary situations in predictive genetic testing. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy. 12: 9-16. doi: 10.1007/s11019-008-9139-x
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Strand, Roger. 2008. Viljen er ikke stor nok. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.). Published 2008-01-23.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2005. Bioteknologiloven i en helserettslig sammenheng. Kritisk juss. 31: 168-183. Published 2005-04-01.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2005. Middelalder og vitenskap. Dagbladet. Published 2005-02-01.
Reports and theses
  • Gunnarsdottir, Kristrun; O'Riordan, Kate; Fotopolou, Aristea; van Dijk, Niels; Pereira, Angela Guimaraes; Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2015. A report on the networking/embedding event, 'Making sense of wearables: New-emerging markets and mediascapes'. EPINET Project website, http://www.epinet.no/sites/all/themes/epinet_bootstrap/documents/wearable_sensors_workshop.pdf. 30 pages.
  • Gunnarsdottir, Kristrun; O'Riordan, Kate; Fotopolou, Aristea; van Dijk, Niels; Pereira, Angela Guimaraes; Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2015. Gadgets on the move and in stasis Consumer and medical electronics, what's the difference? EPINET Project website, http://www.epinet.no/sites/all/themes/epinet_bootstrap/documents/wearable_sensors_policy_recommendations.pdf. 9 pages.
  • Gunnarsdottir, Kristrun; Strand, Roger; Rommetveit, Kjetil; Stephens, neil; Wynne, Brian; O'Riordan, Kate; Fotopolou, Aristea; Giampietro, Mario; Kovacic, Zora; Lemkow, Louis; Di Masso Tarditti, marina. 2015. Case Study on In-Vitro Meat Policy Report, March/April 2015 Summary of findings and policy considerations. EPINET Project website, http://www.epinet.no/sites/all/themes/epinet_bootstrap/documents/synthetic_meat_policy_recommendations.pdf.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Gunnarsdottir, Kristrun; van Dijk, Niels; Smits, Martijntje. 2015. Report from workshop: Making robotic autonomy through science and law? EPINET Project website. 21 pages.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Gunnarsdottir, Kristrun; van Dijk, Niels; Smits, Martijntje. 2015. Policy recommendations: “Making autonomy in robotics and law”. EPINET Project website, http://www.epinet.no/sites/all/themes/epinet_bootstrap/documents/autonomous_robots_policy_recommendations.pdf. 8 pages.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Strand, Roger. 2015. EPINET Final report. 27 pages.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; van Dijk, Niels. 2015. A Risk to a Right? Cross-Cutting Lessons for Data Protection Impact Assessments Summary of findings and policy recommendations. EPINET Project website, http://www.epinet.no/sites/all/themes/epinet_bootstrap/documents/dpia_report.pdf. 9 pages.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; van Dijk, Niels; Gunnarsdottir, Kristrun. 2015. EPINET conceptual analysis: Integrated assessments in technoepistemic networks. EPINET Project website, http://www.epinet.no/sites/all/themes/epinet_bootstrap/documents/wp1_cross_cutting_report.pdf. 10 pages.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; van Dijk, Niels; Strand, Roger; Gunnarsdottir, Kristrun. 2015. EPINET and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) – observations and reflections. EPINET Project website, http://www.epinet.no/sites/all/themes/epinet_bootstrap/documents/rri_report.pdf.
  • Sock, Matti; Delgado Aleman, Ana Maria; Landeweerd, Laurens; Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2015. Application, Innovation and Two More Technomoral Scenarios. submitted european commission.
  • van der Sluis, Jeroen; Kovacic, Zora; Wildschut, Diana; Rommetveit, Kjetil; van Sark, Wilfried; Smits, Martijntje. 2015. Working Paper The future social robustness of smart electricity networks in Europe. EPINET Project website, http://www.epinet.no/sites/all/themes/epinet_bootstrap/documents/smart_grid_workshop.pdf. 20 pages.
  • van der Sluis, Jeroen; Rommetveit, Kjetil; Foss Ballo, Ingrid; Strand, Roger; Kovacic, Zora; Giampietro, Mario; Lemkow, Louis; Di Masso Tarditti, marina; Pereira, Angela Guimaraes; Vesnic, Lucia; van Dijk, Niels; Kloza, Dariusz; Hildebrandt, Mireille; Smits, Martijntje; Wildschut, Diana; Cohlen, Luke; O'Riordan, Kate; Fotopolou, Aristea. 2015. Policy recommendations: Towards socially robust smart grids. EPINET Project website, http://www.epinet.no/sites/all/themes/epinet_bootstrap/documents/smart_grid_policy_recommendations.pdf.
  • van der Sluijs, Jeroen P; Kovacic, Zora; Wildschut, Diana; Rommetveit, Kjetil; van Sark, Wilfried; Smits, Martijntje. 2014. The future social robustness of smart electricity networks in Europe. Utrecht University, Utrecht. 57 pages.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Strand, Roger; Fjelland, Ragnar; Funtowicz, Silvio Oscar. 2013. What can history teach us about the prospects of a European Research Area? 87 pages.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2007. Biotechnology: Action and choice in second modernity. University of Bergen, Bergen. 377 pages.
Book sections
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2016. Introducing biometrics in the European Union: practice and imagination. 8, pages 113-126. In:
    • Delgado, Ana. 2016. Technoscience and Citizenship: Ethics and Governance in the Digital Society. Springer. 189 pages. ISBN: 978-3-319-32412-8.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Pereira, Angela Guimaraes; Pedrosa, Tiago. 2016. Digital Globes: Layers of meaning and technology, redefining geographies and communities. 9, pages 129-142. In:
    • Delgado, Ana. 2016. Technoscience and Citizenship: Ethics and Governance in the Digital Society. Springer. 189 pages. ISBN: 978-3-319-32412-8.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2012. Immortality : An essay on science, technology and religion. Chapter 9, pages 111-126. In:
    • Øyen, Simen Andersen; Lund-Olsen, Tone; Vaage, Nora Sørensen. 2012. Sacred science? On science and its interrelations with religious worldviews. Wageningen Academic Publishers. 148 pages. ISBN: 978-90-8686-196-5.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Funtowicz, Silvio; Strand, Roger. 2010. Knowledge, democracy and action in response to climate change. Kapitel 9, pages 149-163. In:
    • Bhaskar, Roy; Frank, Cheryl; Høyer, Karl Georg; Næss, Petter; Parker, Jenneth. 2010. Interdisciplinarity and climate change. Routledge. 251 pages. ISBN: 9780415573887.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2009. Bioethics, biopower and the post-genomic challenge. 12, pages 165-186. In:
    • Gunning, Jennifer; Holm, Søren; Kenway, Ian. 2009. Ethics, Law and Society Volume IV. Ashgate. 411 pages. ISBN: 9780754676461.
  • Helland, Turid; Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2008. Dysleksi, et flerfaglig forskningsfelt. Aktuell dysleksiforskning sett i lys av Imre Lakatos' filosofi om forskningsprogram. Kapittel 10, pages 199-218. In:
    • Bele, Irene Velsvik. 2008. Språkvansker. Teoretiske perspektiver og praktiske utfordringer. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. 262 pages. ISBN: 978-82-02-27724-6.
  • Helland, Turid; Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2006. Current dyslexia research seen in the light of Imre Lakatos' philosophy of research programmes. Chapter 6, pages 103-122. In:
    • Hayes, Christopher B. 2006. Dyslexia in Children. New Research. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.. 164 pages. ISBN: 1-59454-969-9.
Artistic production
  • Tyrmi, Bår; Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2010. Technolife: Digital Globes.
  • Tyrmi, Bår; Rommetveit, Kjetil. 2010. Technolife Biometrics and Mobility.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Select publications in English

Rommetveit, K., Wynne, B. (forthcoming Feb. 2017) Technoscience, imagined publics and public imaginations. Special Issue Public Understanding of Science.

Rommetveit, K., Wynne, B. (forthcoming Feb. 2017) Editorial. Special Issue Public Understanding of Science.

Gunnarsdottír, K. and Rommetveit, K. (forthcoming Feb. 2017) “Biometry and the securitization agenda. (Dis)trust in a policy vacuum”. Special Issue Public Understanding of Science.

Rommetveit, K., van Dijk, N., Gunnarsdottír, K., O’Riordan, K.,  Gutwirth, S., Strand, R., Wynne, B., (in press 2016) “Working responsibly across boundaries? Some practical and theoretical lessons”. In: von Schomberg (Ed.) Handbook of Responsible Innovation. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Rommetveit, K. Guimares-Pereira, A., Pedrosa, T. (2016) ”Digital Globes: Layers of meaning and technology, redefining geographies and communities”. In: Delgado, A. (Ed. 2016) Technoscience, Citizenship, Ethics and Governance in the Digital Society. New York: Springer.

Rommetveit, K. (2016) “Introducing biometrics in the European Union: practice and imagination”. In: Delgado, A. (Ed. 2016) Technoscience, Citizenship, Ethics and Governance in the Digital Society. New York: Springer.

Strand, R., Saltelli, A., Giampietro. M., Rommetveit, K. & Funtowicz, S. (online Nov. 2016) New Narratives for Innovation. The Journal of Cleaner Production.

Van Dijk, N., Gellert, R., Rommetveit, K. (2016) A Risk to a Right? Beyond Data Protection Risk Assessments. Computer Law Security Review. 32(2), 286-307.

Rommetveit, K. (2013) ”Who’s Autonomous now?” Bioethica Forum 6 (3), 107-109.

Rommetveit, K. Scully, J. L., Porz, R. (2013) “The Role of Moral Imagination in Patients’s Decision-Making”. J Med Philos. Apr; 38(2):160-72.

Rommetveit, K., Gunnarsdóttir, K., Jepsen, K. S., Bertilsson, M., Verrax, F. and Strand, R. (2013): “The Technolife Project: An experimental approach to new ethical frameworks for emerging science and technology”, The International Journal of Sustainable Development, 16(1-2), 23–45.

Rommetveit, K. ”Immortality”. In Øyen, Olsen & Vaage (Eds. 2012) Sacred Science? On Science and its interrelations with religious worldviews. Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Delgado, A., Rommetveit, K., Lemkow, L, Barcelo, M. (2012): “Imagining high-tech bodies: Science fiction and the ethics of enhancement”, Science Communication, 34(2), 200-240.

Rommetveit, K. (2011). “ICTs and responsible innovation: imaginaries of information and community”. In von Schomberg (ed.), “Governance and Ethics of Emerging ICT and Security Technologies”. Publication series Governance and Ethics, DG Research, European Commission.

Rommetveit, K. (2011). “Tackling epistemological naivety: large-scale information systems and the complexities of the common good”, Cambridge Quartely of Healthcare Ethics 20, 1–12.

Rommetveit, K., “Genetic enhancement, futures tense” Futures 43 2011, 76–85.

Rommetveit, K., Funtowicz, S. and Strand, R. (2010): “Knowledge, Democracy and Action in Response to Climate Change” in Roy Bhaskar et. al, "Interdisciplinarity and Global Warming", London and New York: Routledge, 149-165.

Rommetveit, K. (2009): Bioethics, biopower and the post-genomic challenge, "Ethics, Law and Society" Vol VI book series, Ashgate Publishers, 165-186.

Rommetveit, K., Porz, R. (2009) "Tragedy and boundary situations in predictive genetic testing", Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 12(1), 9–16.

Rommetveit, K. (2008). "Towards a hermeneutic of technomedical objects", Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 29:2, 103-120.

Rommetveit, K. (2007): "Biotechnology: Action and choice in second modernity", PhD Thesis, Faculty of Arts, University of Bergen.

 

Select publications in Norwegian

Rommetveit, K. (2015) ”Den Lange Marsjen ved et veiskille”. Vagant 2/2015.

Strand, R., & Rommetveit, K. (2013) “Hva har verden lært av klimavitenskapen?”. 2°C. 02.2013.

Rommetveit, K. (2012) “Anmeldelse av Regjerningens Nasjonale strategi for bioteknologi 2011-2020”. Salongen – Nettstedet for filosofi og idehitsorie. http://salongen.no/

Rommetveit, K. (2011). ”Biometri: forskningsetiske utfordringer” Online resource, Norwegian Committee for research-ethics in science and technology. http://www.etikkom.no/In-English/Committee-for-Research-Ethics-in-Scienc...

Strand, R. & Rommetveit, K. “Avstand og Avmakt”. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 1/2012.

Strand, R. & Rommetveit, K. (2011) “Trond, Tora og Askeladden – et forskningspolitisk eventyr”. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 3/2011.

Rommetveit, K. (2005). "Bioteknologiloven i en helserettslig sammenheng", Kritisk Juss (31), nr. 2.

 

Select reports

Rommetveit, K. Gunnarsdóttir, K., van Dijk, N., Smits, M.  Making robotic autonomy through science and law? EPINET project report. April 2015. Available at goo.gl/7XXfEb

Van Dijk, N, Rommetveit, K. A Risk to a Right? Cross-Cutting Lessons for Data Protection Impact Assessments Summary of findings and policy recommendations. April 2015. Available at:  goo.gl/RxDaR9

Rommetveit, K., Strand, R., Fjelland, R., Funtowicz, S. (2013) “What can history teach us about the prospects of a European Research Area?”. European Commission, JRC scientific and policy reports. Available at http://ipsc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/fileadmin/repository/eas/saia/docs/201310_Histera_final_ report.pdf

Rommetveit, K., Strand, R. (2011) “Technolife Project Final Report”. Available at http://technolife.no/

 

PhD, Theory of science and technology

Master thesis, philosophy of science

Legal studies, 2 years

2009 – 2011    FP7 project TECHNOLIFE (a Transdisciplinary approach to the Emerging Challenges of Novel technologies: Lifeworld and Imaginaries in Foresight and Ethics), 7 partners, European Commission (Science in Society), project number 288971

2012 – 2015     FP7 project EPINET (Integrated Assessment of Societal Impacts of Emerging Science and Technology from within Epistemic Networks), 7 partners, European Commission (Science in Society), project number 230381

2017 – 2018    HORIZON 2020 project CANDID (Checking Assumptions and Promoting Responsibility In Smart Development Projects), 5 partners, European Commission (ICT programme), project number 732561

2016 – 2017     SAMKUL network DESFREE (Designing Freedom), Research Council of Norway

2012 – 2013      HISTERA (What can history and philosophy teach us about the development of the European Research Area?); Joint Research Centre, European Commission

2014 – 2017     FP7 project SYNENERGENE (Synthetic biology – Engaging with New and Emerging Science and Technology in Responsible Governance of the Science and Society Relationship), European Commission (Science in Society, MML), 28 partners, project number 321488

2016 – 2019     ERA-Net PARENT (Participatory Platform for Sustainable Energy Management), project number 646453