Tone Druglitrø

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Current research

My current project is the RCN Young Researcher Talent project ResBod: Resisting Bodies: The Politics and Practices of the Immune System. With colleagues from Science and technology studies, medical anthropology and human geography, the project explores the different ways knowledge about the immune system emerges, and how the immune system and immunological relations figure in politics that aim to ensure the health of human and nonhuman animal bodies. Specific interests of the project are 1) to develop knowledge on how human and nonhuman immune systems are worked upon and juxtaposed in the life sciences and with what results, 2) to develop knowledge of how the immune system figures in technical and legal practices, and how it has changed over time, 3) to study science-society relationship around immunological issues; and 4) to develop methods to study the more-than-human condition in science, politics and society. 

Academic interests 

I have a background in social anthropology and cultural and environmental studies, and a PhD in STS and Ethics. My work combines an interest in STS, human-animal studies and history of medicine, veterinary science, and public health. I have been particularly interested in how science and politics work upon, modify, care for, and regulate relationships with nonhumans and our natural environments. Pursuing this research interest, I have published on the role of animal models for the development of modern medicine and public health, on ethics, expertise and care in laboratory animal research, on digital public health communication, licensing practices in animal research, and multispecies biopolitics. As part of the ResBod project, together with Kristin Asdal, I am currently studying working practices in the life sciences and how scientists from medicine and biology in collaboration work to understand comparative immunology in cod and humans. Parallel to this, I am studying the history of nonhuman primates in global public health, drawing upon studies of the World Health Organisation archives. 

Teaching and supervision

I have extensive experience in teaching at the M.A. and PhD level. I have supervised MA students on the topics of human-animal controversies in farming, care in science, telecare and its various social and political implications, innovations in care, the role of social media in society and politics, digital modes of governing public health, and technical innovations in public transport.  

Tags: Actor-Network Theory, Science and Technology Studies, History of Medicine, human- animal relations


Druglitrø, T. (2022). "Procedural care: Licensing practices in animal research". Science as Culture. Online first: doi: 10.1080/09505431.2021.2025215

Bjørkdahl, K. & Druglitrø, T. (2019). "When Authority Goes Viral: Digital Communication and Health Expertise on". In (eds.) Bjørkdahl, K. & Carlsen, B., Pandemics, Publics, and Politics - Staging Responses to Public Health Crises. Palgrave Pivot.

Druglitrø, T. (2018). ""Skilled Care" and the Making of Good Science". Science, Technology and Human Values. Special Issue: Science, Culture and Care in Laboratory Animal Research, 43(4): 649-670.  Online First January 5 , 2017:

Asdal, Hinchliffe, and Druglitrø (eds.) (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.

Davies, Gail F.; Greenhough, Beth J.; Hobson-West, Pru; Kirk, Robert G.W.; Applebee, Ken; Bellingan, Laura C.; Berdoy, Manuel; Buller, Henry; Cassaday, Helen J.; Davies, Keith; Diefenbacher, Daniela; Druglitrø, Tone; Escobar, Maria Paula; Friese, Carrie; Herrmann, Kathrin; Hinterberger, Amy; Jarrett, Wendy J.; Jayne, Kimberley; Johnson, Adam M.; Johnson, Elizabeth R; Konold, Timm; Leach, Matthew C.; Leonelli, Sabina; Lewis, David I; Lilley, Elliot J; Longridge, Emma R.; McLeod, Carmen M.; Miele, Mara; Nelson, Nicole C.; Ormandy, Elisabeth H.; Pallett, Helen; Poort, Lonneke; Pound, Pandora; Ramsden, Edmund; Roe, Emma; Scalway, Helen; Schrader, Astrid; Scotton, Chris J.; Scudamore, Cheryl L.; Smith, Jane A.; Whitfield, Lucy & Wolfensohn, Sarah (2016). "Developing a collaborative agenda for humanities and social scientific research on laboratory animal science and welfare". In: PLoS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  11:e0158751(7) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158791

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

Druglitrø, T. (2014). "Writing Radical Laboratory Animal Histories". In Nordic Journal of Science and Technology. Special Issue: Writing Nature, 2(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". In Science in Context. Special Issue 02: Science, Technology, Medicine - and the State. The Science-State Nexus in Scandinavia, 1850-1980, 27(2): 333-357. Open Access:

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