Torbjørn Gundersen

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Phone +47 22855760
Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Harriet Holters hus 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1096 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

Gundersen's main academic interest concerns the proper role of science in democratic society and trust in scientific experts. He is also interested in empirical studies of science, climate science in particular. Gundersen's other main interest is the ethics of applied artificial intelligence and he is engaged in a research project at Oslo Metropolitan University about machine learning, professional accountability, and human values.

He is currently part of the project PERITIA • Policy, Expertise and Trust ( and will contribute to Work Package 3 about trust and science advice mechanisms.


Gundersen has a PhD from Oslo Metropolitan University with a philosophy of science monograph about the proper role of scientific expertise in public policymaking, focusing on the case of climate science. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, LSE and at ARENA Centre for European Studies, UiO. 

Gundersen is also a fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters as a part of the project What is a Good Policy? Political Morality, Feasibility, and Democracy (GOODPOL)



Tags: Expertise, artificial intelligence, Climate Science


  • Gundersen, Torbjørn (2020). Value-Free yet Policy-Relevant? The Normative Views of Climate Scientists and Their Bearing on Philosophy. Perspectives on Science.  ISSN 1063-6145.  28(1), s 89- 118 . doi: 10.1162/posc_a_00334 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Bærøe, Kristine & Gundersen, Torbjørn (2019). Social impact under severe uncertainty: The role of neuroethicists at the intersection of neuroscience, AI, ethics, and policy-making. AJOB Neuroscience.  ISSN 2150-7740.  10(3), s 117- 119 . doi: 10.1080/21507740.2019.1632965
  • Gundersen, Torbjørn (2018). Scientists as experts: A distinct role?. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.  ISSN 0039-3681.  69, s 52- 59 . doi: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2018.02.006 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary

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