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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)

Video: GET-together with Kjetil Rommetveit- 03.12.2020 - Make way for the robots! - University of Stavanger

Video presentation: "Personvern i biobank og helseregisterforskning, norsk lovgivning og forskningsetikk i lys av lovgivningspraksis og forskningsetikk i andre land". Open meeting in The Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board, 10.12.2013 (presentation in Norwegian)

Master in sustainability, Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities

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

 

 

 

Academic article
  • Show author(s) 2020. Make Way for the Robots! Human-and Machine-Centricity in Constituting a European Public–Private Partnership. Minerva. 47-69.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Ethics of quantification: illumination, obfuscation and performative legitimation. Humanities & Social Sciences Communications.
  • Show author(s) 2019. Smart gridlock? Challenging hegemonic framings of mitigation solutions and scalability. Environmental Research Letters.
  • Show author(s) 2019. Make Way for the Robots! Human‑ and Machine‑ Centricity in Constituting a European Public–Private Partnership. Minerva. 1-23.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Who 'uses' smart grids? The evolving nature of user representations in layered infrastructures. Sustainability. 1-21.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Right engineering - The redesign of privacy and personal data protection. International review of law computers & technology. 230-256.
  • Show author(s) 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.
  • Show author(s) 2017. The biometric imaginary: (Dis)trust in a policy vacuum. Public Understanding of Science. 195-211.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Technoscience, imagined publics and public imaginations. Public Understanding of Science. 133-147.
  • Show author(s) 2016. New narratives for innovation. Journal of Cleaner Production. 1849-1853.
  • Show author(s) 2016. A risk to a right? beyond data protection risk assessments. Computer Law and Security Review. 286-306.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Den Lange Marsjen ved et veiskille. Vagant.
  • Show author(s) 2013. The role of moral imagination in patients decision-making. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 160-172.
  • Show author(s) 2013. The Technolife Project: An experimental approach to new ethical frameworks for emerging science and technology. International Journal of Sustainable Development. 23-44.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Imagining High-Tech Bodies: Science Fiction and the Ethics of Enhancement. Science communication. 200-240.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Avstand og Avmakt. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 106-110.
  • Show author(s) 2012. 'Our strength is diversity': imaginaries of nature and community in a Brazilian social movement. International Journal of Sustainable Development. 353-373.
  • Show author(s) 2011. trond, tora og askeladden – et forskningspolitisk eventyr. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 263-272.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Tackling epistemological naivety: large-scale information systems and the complexities of the common good. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 584-595.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Imagining high-tech bodies: Science fiction and the ethics of enhancement (published online). Science communication.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Genetic enhancement, futures tense. Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies. 76-85.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Genetic enhancement, futures tense. Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies. 76-85.
  • Show author(s) 2009. Tragedy and Grenzsituationen in genetic prediction. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy. 9-16.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Tragedy and boundary situations in predictive genetic testing. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy. 9-16.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Towards a hermeneutic of techno-medical objects. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. 103-120.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Bioteknologiloven i en helserettslig sammenheng. Kritisk juss. 168-183.
Report
  • Show author(s) 2017. CANDID PRIMER: Including Social Sciences and Humanities scholarship in the making and use of smart ICT technologies. .
  • Show author(s) 2015. Working Paper The future social robustness of smart electricity networks in Europe. .
  • Show author(s) 2015. Report from workshop: Making robotic autonomy through science and law? .
  • Show author(s) 2015. Policy recommendations: “Making autonomy in robotics and law”. .
  • Show author(s) 2015. Policy recommendations: Towards socially robust smart grids. .
  • Show author(s) 2015. Gadgets on the move and in stasis Consumer and medical electronics, what's the difference? .
  • Show author(s) 2015. EPINET conceptual analysis: Integrated assessments in technoepistemic networks. .
  • Show author(s) 2015. EPINET and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) – observations and reflections. .
  • Show author(s) 2015. EPINET Final report. .
  • Show author(s) 2015. Case Study on In-Vitro Meat Policy Report, March/April 2015 Summary of findings and policy considerations. .
  • Show author(s) 2015. Application, Innovation and Two More Technomoral Scenarios. .
  • Show author(s) 2015. A report on the networking/embedding event, 'Making sense of wearables: New-emerging markets and mediascapes'. .
  • Show author(s) 2015. A Risk to a Right? Cross-Cutting Lessons for Data Protection Impact Assessments Summary of findings and policy recommendations. .
  • Show author(s) 2014. The future social robustness of smart electricity networks in Europe. .
  • Show author(s) 2013. What can history teach us about the prospects of a European Research Area? .
Lecture
  • Show author(s) 2015. The Median Estate: Breaking down boundaries & reconstituting rights.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Overvåkning og Offentlig Meningsdannelse.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Impact assessments: Quality issues in the policy making process.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Case study of autonomous robotics. A summary of case study results and policy recommendations.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Assessments as governance: From Epistemic Networks to Techno-epistemic networks.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) 2008. Bioteknologi og bioetikk.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Norway: unwritten rules and hidden hierarchies.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) 2015. ”Genetikk og etikk i resten av Europa” eller: Hva som skjedde da genetikk møtte etikk.
  • Show author(s) 2013. The TECHNOLIFE Project.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Imagining converging technologies.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Beyond ELSA.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Betraktninger over et tiår med bioteknologi og ELSA.
  • Show author(s) 2011. technolife: imaginarios de la sociedad digital.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Technolife: Films, Social Media, and Imaginaries in Emerging Technologies.
  • Show author(s) 2010. The Technolife Project: Implications for policy.
  • Show author(s) 2010. The Technolife Project.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Tackling epistemological naivety: understanding values, choices and the complexities of the greater good?
  • Show author(s) 2010. Overview of the policy process introducing biometrics in the EU.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Imagining Enhanced Bodies: How Can Science Fiction Contribute to Ethics for the Governance of Emerging Technologies?
  • Show author(s) 2010. "Biometrics: Technology of (Dis)trust".
  • Show author(s) 2009. Lifeworld and imaginaries in foresight and ethics: a new transdisciplinary “frontier” for ecological economics? A GIS Case study.
  • Show author(s) 2009. Chair, session "Legitimacy, Ethics, and Trust", EIGHTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SCIENCE AND DEMOCRACY NETWORK, Harvard University, 01.07.2009.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Moral imagination and decision making.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Fremtidige utfordringer forbundet med genetisk testing av friske personer.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Nanoparticles, IPRs and Strict Liability.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Institutions for Sustainable Governance of Nanotechnology: Ethics and Liability.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Hermeneutics reloaded: Closing up gaps of theory and practice in bioethics.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Genomisk medisin: frie valg og informerte beslutninger?
  • Show author(s) 2006. “ELSA research: the context of Norway”.
  • Show author(s) 2006. The virtuous patient.
  • Show author(s) 2006. The contextualisation of epistemic things.
  • Show author(s) 2006. ELSA research: the context of Norway.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Juridifisering av medisinen.
  • Show author(s) 2004. Autonomy, discourse ethics and the dimension of ontology.
Editorial
  • Show author(s) 2017. Editorial. Public Understanding of Science. 128-132.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Tackling Epistemological Naivety: Large-Scale Information Systems and the Complexities of the Common Good. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 584-595.
Reader opinion piece
  • Show author(s) 2013. Hvem tjener på den genetiske nypaternalismen? Morgenbladet.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) 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.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) 2017. Tekno-politiske visjoner: løsning eller problem? ingeniørens stemme.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) 2013. Personvernet ofres. Dagens næringsliv.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Gode helseregistre på avveier. Morgenbladet.
  • Show author(s) 2009. I pandemiens tidsalder. Bergens Tidende.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Viljen er ikke stor nok. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).
  • Show author(s) 2005. Middelalder og vitenskap. Dagbladet.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) 2007. Biotechnology: Action and choice in second modernity.
Interview
  • Show author(s) 2009. Klimaforhandlinger og demokrati.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) 2016. Introducing biometrics in the European Union: practice and imagination. 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Digital Globes: Layers of meaning and technology, redefining geographies and communities. 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Immortality : An essay on science, technology and religion. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Knowledge, democracy and action in response to climate change. 15 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2009. Bioethics, biopower and the post-genomic challenge. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Dysleksi, et flerfaglig forskningsfelt. Aktuell dysleksiforskning sett i lys av Imre Lakatos' filosofi om forskningsprogram. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Current dyslexia research seen in the light of Imre Lakatos' philosophy of research programmes. 20 pages.
Digital learning tools
  • Show author(s) 2008. "Teknologi, naturvitenskap og samfunn" for faget Teknologi og Forskningslære (ToF X/ToF 1).
Film
  • Show author(s) 2010. Technolife: Digital Globes.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Technolife Biometrics and Mobility.
Website (informational material)
  • Show author(s) 2011. Biometri: forskningsetiske utfordringer.
Chapter
  • Show author(s) 2019. Working responsibly across boundaries? Some practical and theoretical lessons. 83-100. In:
    • Show author(s) 2019. INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK ON RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION A Global Resource. Edward Elgar Publishing.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

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.

 

Select reports

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

PhD, Theory of science and technology

Master thesis, philosophy of science

Legal studies, 2 years

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