Tone Druglitrø

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Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Eilert Sundts hus blokk B 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1108 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

My research involves, 1. The development of material and ethical infrastructures of experimental medicine; 2. The role of medical science in social and cultural developments; and 3. The ways in which science and technology engages with the politics of life. I have studied these processes in various topics, in particular by exploring the historical development and standardization of laboratory animal science, the development of veterinary profession and expertise, social resistance to experimental medicine, and the historical development of animal welfare politics.

In my PhD, I investigated the history of laboratory animals in Norway in the late 20th century, exploring how animals entered laboratories and animal houses in the first place, how animals have been standardized as tools for science, and how standards and infrastructures of care have developed around these practices. I have pursued these research interests in two anthologies on the subject of human-animal relationships and multispecies biopolitics. First, "Humans, Animals and Biopolitics: The More than Human Condition", (eds.) Kristin Asdal (TIK), Tone Druglitrø (TIK) and Steve Hinchliffe (Exter) (Multispecies Encounters Series, Routledge). Second, "Animal Housing and Human-Animal Relations: Politics, Practices and Infrastructures", (eds.) Kristian Bjørkdahl (Rokkan senteret, Bergen) and Tone Druglitrø (TIK) (Human-Animal Studies Series, Routledge). 

My research draws upon a combination of resources from science and technology studies, actor-network-theory, feminist technoscience, anthropology, and the history of science and technology.

Courses taught

TIK/ESST Master: TIK4001 Introduction to STS

TIK/ESST Master: TIK4011 Science and Technology in Politics and Society

Ph.D. seminar leader related to SV9101 Philosophy of science and SV9102 Research Ethics (2013-2014)

Institutional Responsibilities

Program coordinator of the TIK and ESST master programs (present)

Other duties

Deputy member, National Research Ethics Committee in Science and Technology (2014-)


  • Maternity leave: December 2015-September 2016
  • Postdoctoral fellow in STS, TIK: 2013-2017
  • University Pedagogy, 2014
  • PhD in science and technology studies, TIK and the Ethics Programme, UiO: 2008-2012.
  • Research assistant, TIK, UiO: 2006 - 2008.
  • Research assistant, Forum for University History, UiO: 2006 - 2008. Assistant on the book project on the history of University of Oslo 200 years.
  • Master of Philosophy in Culture, Environment and Sustainability, Centre for Development and the Environment. Thesis submitted spring 2006 entitled: ‘Power, Ethics and the role of Animal Experimentation among Veterinary Students at NVH
Tags: Science and Technology Studies, Actor-Network Theory, History of science and technology, Feminist Theory


Druglitrø, T. (2017). ""Skilled Care" and the Making of Good Science". Science, Technology and Human Values. Online First January , 2017:  

Asdal, Hinchliffe, and Druglitrø (2017): Humans, Animals and Biopolitics: The more-than-human condition. Routledge Publishing.

Asdal, K. & Druglitrø, T. (2017). "Modifying the biopolitical collective: The law as a moral technology and site for the realization of animal sentience". In (eds.) Asdal, Druglitrø and Hinchliffe: Humans, Animals and Biopolitics: The more than human condition. Ashgate Publishing.

Bjørkdahl, K. & Druglitrø, T. (2016): Animal Housing and Human-Animal Relations: Practices, Politics and Infrastructures. London: Routledge.

Druglitrø, T. (2016). "Care and Tinkering in the Animal House. Conditioning Monkeys for Norwegian Poliomyelitis Research". In (eds.) Bjørkdahl & Druglitrø: Animal Housing and Human-Animal Relations: Practices, Politics and Infrastructures. London: Routledge.

Druglitrø, T. (2015). "Vitenskap, teknologi og samfunn. En introduksjon til STS". Book review. Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies, 2(3): 47-50

Asdal, K. & Druglitrø, T. (2014). "Arbeid på grensen. Veterinærprofesjonens arbeid for jurisdiksjon og velferd". (eds.) Messel, J. & Slagstad, R. Profesjonshistorier. Oslo: Pax Forlag.

Druglitrø, T. (2014). "Writing Radical Laboratory Animal Histories". Nordic Journal of Science and Technology. Special Issue: Writing Nature. Vol 2, No 1. Open Access:

Druglitrø, T. & Kirk, R. G. W. (2014). "Building Transnational Bodies: Norway and the international development of Laboratory Animal Science, c.1956-1980". Science in Context. Special Issue 02: Science, Technology, Medicine - and the State. The Science-State Nexus in Scandinavia, 1850-1980.  Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 333-357. Open Access:

Druglitrø, T (2013). Motstand mot "forstanden": Kontroversen om forsøksdyr og forsøksdyrutvalget i Norge på 1970-tallet. Materialisten. Tidsskrift for forskning, fagkritikk og teoretisk debatt 2013 ; Vol. 40, No. 3.

Druglitrø, T. (2013). Naturen som forsvant i redningsforsøket?. Materialisten. Tidsskrift for forskning, fagkritikk og teoretisk debatt 2013 ;Vol. 40, No. 1-2, pp. 115-126

Druglitrø, T. (2012). Å skape en standard for velferd. Forsøksdyr i norsk biomedisin, 1953-1986. PhD Thesis. Akademika forlag 2012 230 p. UiO Untitled





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