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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, and from 2021, I will be leading the RCN-funded project CoPol: Covid-19 tracing as Digital Politics.
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.
Bærekraft og tverrfaglighet som universitetspolitiske problem. Article in the research magazine Forskningspolitikk, 1 June 2021
Epistemic Communities: The Role of Scientists for Deep Decarbonization. Podcast in the series ClimatenergyTalks! by Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET).
Varslet misnøye. Commentary on Brexit in Norwegian daily Klassekampen, 27.01.2021 (in Norwegian, behind paywall)
På grensen til uvirkeligheten. Opinion piece on Brexit in Norwegian daily Klassekampen, 16.01.2021 (in Norwegian, behind paywall)
Overgang uten ende. Commentary on Brexit in Norwegian daily Klassekampen, 19.12.2020 (in Norwegian, behind paywall)
GET-together with Kjetil Rommetveit- 03.12.2020 - Make way for the robots! - University of Stavanger
Theory of science and ethics (nano 310), Master level, Faculty of Natural Science
- 2020. Make Way for the Robots! Human-and Machine-Centricity in Constituting a European Public–Private Partnership. Minerva. 47-69.
- 2020. Ethics of quantiﬁcation: illumination, obfuscation and performative legitimation. Humanities & Social Sciences Communications.
- 2019. Smart gridlock? Challenging hegemonic framings of mitigation solutions and scalability. Environmental Research Letters.
- 2019. Make Way for the Robots! Human‑ and Machine‑ Centricity in Constituting a European Public–Private Partnership. Minerva. 1-23.
- 2018. Who 'uses' smart grids? The evolving nature of user representations in layered infrastructures. Sustainability. 1-21.
- 2018. Right engineering - The redesign of privacy and personal data protection. International review of law computers & technology. 230-256.
- 2018. Data Protection by Design: Promises and Perils in Crossing the Rubicon Between Law and Engineering . IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. 25-37.
- 2017. The biometric imaginary: (Dis)trust in a policy vacuum. Public Understanding of Science. 195-211.
- 2017. Technoscience, imagined publics and public imaginations. Public Understanding of Science. 133-147.
- 2016. New narratives for innovation. Journal of Cleaner Production. 1849-1853.
- 2016. A risk to a right? beyond data protection risk assessments. Computer Law and Security Review. 286-306.
- 2015. Den Lange Marsjen ved et veiskille. Vagant.
- 2013. The role of moral imagination in patients decision-making. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 160-172.
- 2013. The Technolife Project: An experimental approach to new ethical frameworks for emerging science and technology. International Journal of Sustainable Development. 23-44.
- 2012. Imagining High-Tech Bodies: Science Fiction and the Ethics of Enhancement. Science communication. 200-240.
- 2012. Avstand og Avmakt. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 106-110.
- 2012. 'Our strength is diversity': imaginaries of nature and community in a Brazilian social movement. International Journal of Sustainable Development. 353-373.
- 2011. trond, tora og askeladden – et forskningspolitisk eventyr. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 263-272.
- 2011. Tackling epistemological naivety: large-scale information systems and the complexities of the common good. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 584-595.
- 2011. Imagining high-tech bodies: Science fiction and the ethics of enhancement (published online). Science communication.
- 2011. Genetic enhancement, futures tense. Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies. 76-85.
- 2011. Genetic enhancement, futures tense. Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies. 76-85.
- 2009. Tragedy and Grenzsituationen in genetic prediction. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy. 9-16.
- 2008. Tragedy and boundary situations in predictive genetic testing. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy. 9-16.
- 2008. Towards a hermeneutic of techno-medical objects. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. 103-120.
- 2005. Bioteknologiloven i en helserettslig sammenheng. Kritisk juss. 168-183.
- 2017. CANDID PRIMER: Including Social Sciences and Humanities scholarship in the making and use of smart ICT technologies. .
- 2015. Working Paper The future social robustness of smart electricity networks in Europe. .
- 2015. Report from workshop: Making robotic autonomy through science and law? .
- 2015. Policy recommendations: “Making autonomy in robotics and law”. .
- 2015. Policy recommendations: Towards socially robust smart grids. .
- 2015. Gadgets on the move and in stasis Consumer and medical electronics, what's the difference? .
- 2015. EPINET conceptual analysis: Integrated assessments in technoepistemic networks. .
- 2015. EPINET and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) – observations and reflections. .
- 2015. EPINET Final report. .
- 2015. Case Study on In-Vitro Meat Policy Report, March/April 2015 Summary of findings and policy considerations. .
- 2015. Application, Innovation and Two More Technomoral Scenarios. .
- 2015. A report on the networking/embedding event, 'Making sense of wearables: New-emerging markets and mediascapes'. .
- 2015. A Risk to a Right? Cross-Cutting Lessons for Data Protection Impact Assessments Summary of findings and policy recommendations. .
- 2014. The future social robustness of smart electricity networks in Europe. .
- 2013. What can history teach us about the prospects of a European Research Area? .
- 2015. The Median Estate: Breaking down boundaries & reconstituting rights.
- 2015. Overvåkning og Offentlig Meningsdannelse.
- 2015. Impact assessments: Quality issues in the policy making process.
- 2015. Case study of autonomous robotics. A summary of case study results and policy recommendations.
- 2015. Assessments as governance: From Epistemic Networks to Techno-epistemic networks.
- 2008. Bioteknologi og bioetikk.
- 2007. Norway: unwritten rules and hidden hierarchies.
- 2015. ”Genetikk og etikk i resten av Europa” eller: Hva som skjedde da genetikk møtte etikk.
- 2013. The TECHNOLIFE Project.
- 2012. Imagining converging technologies.
- 2012. Beyond ELSA.
- 2012. Betraktninger over et tiår med bioteknologi og ELSA.
- 2011. technolife: imaginarios de la sociedad digital.
- 2011. Technolife: Films, Social Media, and Imaginaries in Emerging Technologies.
- 2010. The Technolife Project: Implications for policy.
- 2010. The Technolife Project.
- 2010. Tackling epistemological naivety: understanding values, choices and the complexities of the greater good?
- 2010. Overview of the policy process introducing biometrics in the EU.
- 2010. Imagining Enhanced Bodies: How Can Science Fiction Contribute to Ethics for the Governance of Emerging Technologies?
- 2010. "Biometrics: Technology of (Dis)trust".
- 2009. Lifeworld and imaginaries in foresight and ethics: a new transdisciplinary “frontier” for ecological economics? A GIS Case study.
- 2009. Chair, session "Legitimacy, Ethics, and Trust", EIGHTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SCIENCE AND DEMOCRACY NETWORK, Harvard University, 01.07.2009.
- 2008. Moral imagination and decision making.
- 2008. Fremtidige utfordringer forbundet med genetisk testing av friske personer.
- 2007. Nanoparticles, IPRs and Strict Liability.
- 2007. Institutions for Sustainable Governance of Nanotechnology: Ethics and Liability.
- 2007. Hermeneutics reloaded: Closing up gaps of theory and practice in bioethics.
- 2007. Genomisk medisin: frie valg og informerte beslutninger?
- 2006. “ELSA research: the context of Norway”.
- 2006. The virtuous patient.
- 2006. The contextualisation of epistemic things.
- 2006. ELSA research: the context of Norway.
- 2005. Juridifisering av medisinen.
- 2004. Autonomy, discourse ethics and the dimension of ontology.
- 2017. Editorial. Public Understanding of Science. 128-132.
- 2011. Tackling Epistemological Naivety: Large-Scale Information Systems and the Complexities of the Common Good. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 584-595.
- 2013. Hvem tjener på den genetiske nypaternalismen? Morgenbladet.
- 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.
- 2017. Tekno-politiske visjoner: løsning eller problem? ingeniørens stemme.
- 2013. Personvernet ofres. Dagens næringsliv.
- 2012. Gode helseregistre på avveier. Morgenbladet.
- 2009. I pandemiens tidsalder. Bergens Tidende.
- 2008. Viljen er ikke stor nok. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).
- 2005. Middelalder og vitenskap. Dagbladet.
- 2007. Biotechnology: Action and choice in second modernity.
- 2009. Klimaforhandlinger og demokrati.
- 2016. Introducing biometrics in the European Union: practice and imagination. 14 pages.
- 2016. Digital Globes: Layers of meaning and technology, redefining geographies and communities. 14 pages.
- 2012. Immortality : An essay on science, technology and religion. 16 pages.
- 2010. Knowledge, democracy and action in response to climate change. 15 pages.
- 2009. Bioethics, biopower and the post-genomic challenge. 22 pages.
- 2008. Dysleksi, et flerfaglig forskningsfelt. Aktuell dysleksiforskning sett i lys av Imre Lakatos' filosofi om forskningsprogram. 20 pages.
- 2006. Current dyslexia research seen in the light of Imre Lakatos' philosophy of research programmes. 20 pages.
- 2008. "Teknologi, naturvitenskap og samfunn" for faget Teknologi og Forskningslære (ToF X/ToF 1).
- 2010. Technolife: Digital Globes.
- 2010. Technolife Biometrics and Mobility.
- 2011. Biometri: forskningsetiske utfordringer.
- 2019. Working responsibly across boundaries? Some practical and theoretical lessons. 83-100. In:
- 2019. INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK ON RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION A Global Resource. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Select publications in English
Rommetveit, K., van Dijk, N., Gunnarsdottír, K. (online February 2019) Make way for the robots! Human- and machine-centricity in constituting a European Public-Private Partnership. Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy.
Rommetveit, K., van Dijk, N., Gunnarsdottír, K., O’Riordan, K., Gutwirth, S., Strand, R., Wynne, B., (2019) “Working responsibly across boundaries? Some practical and theoretical lessons”. In: von Schomberg, R., Hankins, J. (editors) Handbook – Responsible Innovation: a Global resource. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Silvast, A., Williams, R. A., Hyysalo, S., Rommetveit, K. and Raab, C. (2018) Who ‘Uses’ Smart Grids? The Evolving Nature of User Representations in Layered Infrastructures. Sustainability 10(10) :3738.
Strand, R., Saltelli, A., Giampietro. M., Rommetveit, K. & Funtowicz, S. (2018) “New Narratives for Innovation”. The Journal of Cleaner Production, 197(2), 1849-1853.
Van Dijk, N., Tanas, A., Rommetveit, K., Raab., C. (online 10 Apr 2018) “Right engineering? The redesign of privacy and personal data protection”. International Review of Law, Computers and Technology.
Rommetveit, K. Tanas, A., van Dijk, N. (2018) “Data protection by design: promises and perils in crossing the Rubicon between law and engineering”. Springer Series IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 25-37.
Rommetveit, K., Wynne, B. (2017) “Technoscience, imagined publics and public imaginations”. Public Understanding of Science, 26(2): 133–147.
Rommetveit, K., Wynne, B. (2017) “Editorial: Imagining public issues in the technosciences”. Special Issue Public Understanding of Science, 26(2), 128-132.
Gunnarsdottír, K. and Rommetveit, K. (2017) “Biometry and the securitization agenda. (Dis)trust in a policy vacuum”. Public Understanding of Science. 26(2): 26(2), 195–211.
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.
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. (2015) "Biometrics". The Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees. Online resource available at: https://www.etikkom.no/en/library/topics/the-researchsocietal-relationsh...
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. (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. ”Immortality”. In Øyen, Olsen & Vaage (Eds. 2012) Sacred Science? On Science and its interrelations with religious worldviews. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
Delgado, A., Rommetveit, K. (2012) “’Our strength is diversity’: imaginaries of nature and community in a Brazilian social movement". International Journal of Sustainable Development 15 (4), 353-373.
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” (2011) Futures, 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”. In: Gunning, J., Holm, S. Kenway, I., "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.
Helland, T., Rommetveit, K. (2006. "Current dyslexia research seen in the light of I.
Lakatos philosophy of research programmes", in C. B. Haies (ed.), Dyslexia in Children:
New Research. New York: Nova Sciences Publishers Inc.
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, Dunajcsik, M. Tanas, A. Silvast, A. and Gunnarsdóttir, K. (2017). The CANDID Primer: Including Social Sciences and Humanities scholarship in the making and use of smart ICT technologies (edited by K Gunnarsdóttir). CANDID (H2020-ICT-35- 2016) D5.4, available at http://candid.no/progress
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
- CoPol: Covid-19 contact tracing as Digital Politics (NFR) [2021-2025)
- SUPER MoRRI - Scientific Understanding and Provision of an Enhanced and Robust Monitoring system for RRI (H2020 Swafs) [2019-2023]
- MAGIC - Moving Towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security (H2020) [2016-2020]
- DESFREE - Designing Freedom (SAMKUL network - NFR) [2016-2017]
- PARENT – PARticipatory platform for sustainable ENergy and Transport Systems – (ERA-NET Cofund H2020/NFR) [2016-2019]
- CANDID - Checking Assumptions aND promoting responsibility In smart Development Projects (H2020) 
- SYNENERGENE - Synthetic biology – Engaging with New and Emerging Science and Technology in Responsible Governance of the Science and Society Relationship), (FP7) [2014-2017]
- EPINET (FP7) [2012-2015]
- HISTERA - What can history and philosophy teach us about the development of the European Research Area? (Joint Research Centre, European Commission) [2012-2013]
- Technolife (FP7) [2009-2011]
PhD, Theory of science and technology
Master thesis, philosophy of science
Legal studies, 2 years