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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. I am the academic coordinator of the Master's program in  Sustainability and interdisciplinarity at the University of Bergen.

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.




Previous communication

I am the coordinator of and teach in the 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




Select publications in English

Rommetveit, Kjetil & van Dijk, Niels (2022) Privacy engineering and the techno-regulatory imaginary. Social Studies of Science

Rommetveit, Kjetil; Ballo, Ingrid Foss & Sareen, Siddharth (2021) Extracting Users: Regimes of Engagement in Norwegian Smart Electricity Transition. Science, Technology, & Human Values.

Rommetveit, Kjetil (ed.) (2021) Post-Truth Imaginations - New Starting Points for Critique of Politics and Technoscience. Routledge, 2021.

Sareen, Siddharth; Saltelli, Andrea & Rommetveit, Kjetil (2020) Ethics of quantification: illumination, obfuscation and performative legitimation. Palgrave Commun 6, 20.

Rommetveit, K., van Dijk, N., Gunnarsdottír, K. (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, Kjetil; van Dijk, N.; Gunnarsdóttir, O’Riordan, K.; Gutwirth, S.; Strand, Roger & Wynne, Brian (2019) Working Responsibly Across Boundaries? Some Practical and Theoretical Lessons in International Handbook on Responsible Innovation. A Global Resource, Schomberg and Hankins (eds.). 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. Volume 10 (10), 1-21

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 & technology. Volume 32 (2-3), 230-256

Rommetveit, K. Tanas, A., van Dijk, N. (2018) Data Protection by Design: Promises and Perils in Crossing the Rubicon Between Law and Engineering. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. Volume 526, 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 here.

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, Kjetil (2021). Digital? Suverenitet? Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 38(01): 111-123

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

Overview of publications in Cristin:

PhD, Theory of science and technology

Master thesis, philosophy of science

Legal studies, 2 years


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