People in the research group

Dr. Ellen-Marie Forsberg

Forsberg is a senior researcher with a doctorate in practical ethics/philosophy focusing on methods for doing ethical evaluations of new technologies. The context for her work was public ethics advisory committees, and the work was carried out under the auspices of the Norwegian Committee for Research Ethics in Science and Technology, where she worked from 1999 until 2007. In this period she took part in several Norwegian and European research projects concerning the ethics of bio/gene technology, fishery technology development, ionising and non-ionising radiation, and so forth.

Forsberg is currently the project leader of the H2020 project RRI-Practice and two projects funded by the Research Council of Norway: the Assisted Living project and Making Communication Material.

Formerly she was the project leader of the PatentEthics project, work package leader in the Naturalness in Human Cognitive Enhancement project and work package leader in the Printeger Project.

Forsberg was the coordinator of the EU FP7 EST-Frame project. She was also the project leader of the network project TechCul. She has also participated in the EADGene network of excellence (European Animal Disease Genomics Network of Excellence for Animal Health and Food Safety), carrying out participatory ethics workshops with EADGene researchers.  She has been project leader for several projects, including a research and development project on regional innovation in Norway, and a project on the role of ISO standards in governance of nanotechnology.

See Forsberg’s publications in the Cristin database:

For her complete CV, see Forsberg CV complete May 2016

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Erik Thorstensen


Erik Thorstensen is a researcher with a background in the ethics of novel technologies, sciences of religion, and cultural studies. Earlier Erik has worked as a university lecturer, school teacher, researcher, and museum pedagogue. He started in the HiOA Research Group on Responsible Innovation through the FP7 Science in Society project Integrated EST Framework (EST-Frame) project and contributed in developing the TranS-domain Technology Evaluation Process (TranSTEP-approach).

Erik is currently engaged in the EEA/Norway Grants projects “Resiliency and adaptation to climate change in regional strategies” and “Naturalness in Human Cognitive Enhancement”. From 2016 and to the end of 2019, Erik is connected as a PhD-student to the “Assisted Living Project”, funded by the Research Council of Norway. His interests include governance of novel technologies, ethics of novel technologies, theory of science, public participation, legitimation, cultural studies etc.

See Thorstensen’s publications in the Cristin database



Clare Shelley-Egan

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Dr. Clare Shelley-Egan is a senior researcher with a PhD in Science and Technology Studies. She worked in the area of the responsible development of nanotechnologies between 2006 and 2013 at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. Her PhD research centred on understanding the ‘ethics in practice’ of researchers and industrialists in response to the pressure for the responsible development of nanotechnology. This research was carried out as part of work on the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) funded DEEPEN (Deepening Ethical Enhancement and Participation in Emerging Nanotechnologies) project. Her PhD research was also carried out as part of work in the Technology Assessment/Societal Embedding flagship of the Dutch nanotechnology R&D consortium, NanoNed.

Shelley-Egan carried out postdoctoral research on the governance of the responsible development of nanotechnology, specifically with regard to the notion of ‘responsibilisation’ and the distribution of regulatory responsibilities for unknown risks. This research was carried out within the Risk Analysis and Technology Assessment sub-programme of the NanoNext consortium, the successor to NanoNed. Most recently, in her role as Research Analyst at Trilateral Research & Consulting, she functioned as deputy coordinator on the FP7 SATORI (Stakeholders Acting Together on the ethical impact assessment of Research and Innovation) project which aims to develop a common EU ethics assessment framework for research and innovation. Shelley-Egan joined the HiOA Research Group on Responsible Innovation in August 2015.

Shelley-Egan was a work package leader in the Naturalness in Human Cognitive Enhancement project and is involved as a researcher and task leader in the H2020 projects GoNano and RRI-Practice.


Knut Jørgen Vie

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Knut Jørgen Vie is a PhD candidate in philosophy/organisational ethics, in connection with the PRINTEGER-project, which focuses on promoting integrity and excellence in science. Knut Jørgen has a master’s degree in applied ethics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and wrote his master’s thesis about how corruption can be prevented in the business sector. He has served as a lecturer and teaching assistant in corporate social responsibility and ethics at the same institution.

Knut Jørgen’s main theoretical interests are moral psychology, virtue ethics, research ethics and business ethics. He is deeply interested in how we function as moral actors, and how knowledge about the psychology of ethics can help us promote good behavior in organisations.

In addition to his academic work, Knut Jørgen has held several board positions in the private sector, and he has a broad background from different student organisations.


Mads Dahl Gjefsen

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Dr. Gjefsen is broadly interested in the societal orders reflected in envisioned technological futures, and in the political and commercial affordances of technological promise making. His doctoral thesis documented how advocacy alliances promoted the technology of carbon dioxide capture and storage in the United States and the European Union in the early 2000s. His later research projects include analyses of the political economy of geoengineering promises, and reports on the conceptualization of technological change in Norwegian long-term public planning processes.

Gjefsen joined the OsloMet Research Group on Responsible Innovation in April 2018 and is currently involved in the H2020 project Fit4Food 2030. Before joining OsloMet he worked to facilitate university technology transfer activities at several four-year comprehensive campuses in the University of Wisconsin System.

Gjefsen holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies (University of Oslo, 2015), an MA in STS (University of Oslo, 2009), and an MPhil in Archaeology and Heritage Studies (University of Cambridge, 2008). He previously served as a Lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and as a Project Manager at the Norwegian Board of Technology. He also maintains a membership at the Holtz Center for STS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

See Gjefsen’s publications in the Cristin database:


Anders Braarud Hanssen


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Anders B. Hanssen is a PhD candidate in philosophy/practical ethics focusing on societal and ethical aspects of innovation and governance of science and technology issues.
Anders has worked as a research consultant at the Centre for Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN) and in the NANOMAT and NANO2021 strategic program for nanotechnology at the Division for Innovation at the Research Council of Norway.
His PhD thesis is part of the Patent Ethics project, emphasizing ethical and societal aspects of patenting in non-human biotechnology in Norway and Europe. In addition, he has been engaged in the VRI-Telemark program where AFI is a partner, from 2014 to 2015, working with SMEs to facilitate and initiate streamlining of business models and business strategies as a tool for increased value growth in the Telemark region.
His main research interests are science and technology governance and the ethics of emerging technologies, sociology of science, science policy, and the philosophy of technology.


Laurens Landeweerd (visiting researcher)

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Dr. Laurens Landeweerd (philosopher) has had a 20 % engagement in the HiOA Research Group on Responsible Innovation besides holding a position as assistant professor at Radboud University Nijmegen’s Institute for Science Innovation and Society and as researcher at Delft University of Technology (section Biotechnology&Society). His research areas include human enhancement, problems of justification in philosophy, ELSA issues in industrial biotechnology and theory of ethics. He has established a position in the area of social, philosophical and ethical issues in biotechnology innovation, more specifically the relation between science and technology, the status of knowledge, the acceptability and justification of specific innovation trajectories (in both medical and industrial biotechnology).

After his original studies of philosophy (Amsterdam) and Culture&Science (Maastricht), Landeweerd worked on the revision of a Dutch history of philosophy (25 Eeuwen (Westerse) Filosofie). Between 2002 and 2008 he wrote his thesis (‘Reconstructing the Self’ (2009)) at the department of Health Ethics and Philosophy (now Health, Ethics and Society) at Maastricht University. He has contributed to (the application and execution of) several national and international projects on the governance of  synthetic biology, nanotechnology and reproductive genetics: . He is involved in several Dutch projects, specifically for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)’s Responsible Innovation programme and also for the Centre for Society and the Life Sciences (CSG). European projects to which he contributed include the European projects SynthEthics (as applicant and acting coordinator), Value Isobars, EPOCH, BioTethed, ENHANCE and BioTethics. He wrote some 40 publications, including 2 book publications and numerous contributions to books.

Listen to Laurens speaking about ethical assessment of synthetic biology:


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