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 

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

I am interested in the role of nonhuman animals in medicine, culture and politics, and the different ways in which humans depend upon, use, care for, and regulate relationships with nonhumans and our natural environments. Pursuing these interests, I have published on the role of animal models for the development of modern medicine, on ethics, expertise and care in biomedical research, on social controversies of biomedical science, the history of veterinary profession, the cultural history of human-animal relations, and multispecies biopolitics. In my ongoing work, I explore the role of monkeys in the context of communicable diseases and global public health. Recently, I have also begun to explore new modes of public health communication and the role of data infrastructures for vaccination governance in a European context. 

My educational background is interdisciplinary and includes Social Anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Islam, Science of Religions, and Culture, Environment and Sustainability Studies. During my university studies I became particularly interested in poststructuralist and posthumanist perspectives on nature-culture and power-knowledge relations. These inspirations led me to STS and to the study of human-animal relations and the role of science, technology and politics in shaping and framing such relations. I have contributed to ongoing discussions in STS, human-animal studies and post-humanities on the biopolitics, care and ethics of human-animal relations. 

Teaching and supervision

I am currently coordinating "TIK4001 Teknologi, innovasjon og kunnskap" and teaching the module "Introduction to STS". I also teach on biopolitics, risk and care in the STS specialisation (TIK4011). I have 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 technical innovations in public transport.   

Institutional responsibilities

Program leader of the TIK master program (present)

Director of studies of the ESST master program (present)

Safety representative, TIK (present)

I am currently coordinating the TIK methods lab. Follow this link for upcoming seminars: TIK Methods Lab

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.
  • 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: Actor-Network Theory, Feminist Theory, Science and Technology Studies, History of science and technology


Druglitrø, T. (2019). "De skjulte dyrene i byen". In Tidsskriftet Byminner, special issue Dyr i Byen [Urban Animals]

Druglitrø, T. (2019). "Makt og bestialitet under det franske eneveldet". Book Review. In:, March 21, 2019. URL:

Druglitrø, Hanson, Mäkitie & Reinertsen (2019). "Tverrfaglighet under press", opinion piece in Morgenbladet, February 8, 2019. URL:

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, Ingierd & Torp (2018). "Dyreforsøk er vanskelig, derfor trenger vi etiske retningslinjer". Opinion piece published at URL:

Druglitrø, T. (2018). "Hva sier dyrene?". Book review. In: Salongen. Nettidsskrift for filosofi og idehistorie. URL: Reprinted summary in Fagbladet Forskningsetikk, 21 March 2018:

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.

Lundblad, Michael & Druglitrø, Tone (2017). Ebola Zombies and Terrorist Animals?: Welcome to World War Z. The BIODIAL Blog.

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. (2015). "Vitenskap, teknologi og samfunn. En introduksjon til STS". Book review. In 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". In (eds.) Messel, J. & Slagstad, R., Profesjonshistorier. Oslo: Pax Forlag.

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:

Druglitrø, T (2013). "Motstand mot "forstanden": Kontroversen om forsøksdyr og forsøksdyrutvalget i Norge på 1970-tallet". In Materialisten. Tidsskrift for forskning, fagkritikk og teoretisk debatt, 40(3).

Druglitrø, T. (2013). "Naturen som forsvant i redningsforsøket?". Book review. In Materialisten. Tidsskrift for forskning, fagkritikk og teoretisk debatt, 40(1-2): 115-126

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

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