Tone Druglitrø

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Academic interests 

  • Science and Technology studies (STS)
  • Care studies
  • History of science, culture and medicine
  • Human-animal studies

Tone Druglitrø's has a background in social anthropology and cultural and environmental studies, and a PhD in STS and Ethics. Her work combines an interest in STS, human-animal studies and history of medicine, veterinary science, and public health. She has been particularly interested in how science and politics work upon, modify, care for, and regulate relationships with nonhumans and our natural environments. Integral to these interests, is to trace and understand the values and ethics that are shaped in knowledge practices and emerge from encounters between humans, nonhumans and natural environments. Pursuing this interdisciplinary research trajectory, Tone has 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 technical and regulatory infrastructures around animal husbandry and care such as licensing practices, and multispecies biopolitics. 

Tone is currently the project leader of the RCN Young Researcher Talent project ResBod: Resisting Bodies: The Politics and Practices of the Immune System. This 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 3) to develop methods to study the more-than-human condition in science, politics and society. 

Teaching and supervision

Tone has been the program leader of the TIK master program and the ESST master program, 2017-2020. She has for several years been responsible for coordinating and teaching in the introductory module "TIK4001 Teknologi, innovasjon og kunnskap". Every spring, Tone teaches in the STS specialisation (TIK4011) on the topic of multispecies biopolitics, care and valuation. She has supervised a number of MA thesis on various topics such as controversies on human-animal relations, care in science, telecare and its various social and political implications, the role of social media in society and politics, digital modes of governing public health, and technical innovations in public transport.  

Institutional responsibilities

Representative for temporary staff, TIK Board

Other duties

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

Expert member/NENT representative, National Committee for Research Ethics on Human Remains (2020-)

Working group (2015-2018): Animals in Science and Research Ethics. [Output: Forskningsetiske retningslinjer for bruk av dyr i forskning (2018)] (NENT) 

Working group (2018-2019): Artificial Intelligence and Research Ethics .[Output: Forskningsetisk betenkning om kunstig intelligens forskning (2019)] (NENT)


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


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. (2017). ""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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