Research areas:

Science and technology studies (STS), anthropology of science and technology

Current empirical topics:  development, environmental science, infrastructure

Keywords: practical ontology, naturecultures, multinaturalism, recursive anthropology, lateral anthropology


Summer 2015 – Visiting Professor, Jinbunken, Kyoto University

Winter 2014 – 2019 Honorary Fellow, School of Management, University of Leicester

Fall 2009- 2014 Associate professor, Technologies in Practice Group, The IT-University of Copenhagen

Fall 2008-2009 Guest associate professor, Technologies in Practice Group, The IT-University of Copenhagen

Spring 2008 – Associate Professor in Sociotechnical Studies of Organization, Copenhagen Business School

Fall 2006 – Assistant Professor in Organization, Copenhagen Business School

Fall 2005 – Summer 2006: Assistant Professor in Communication and Learning, Department of Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Fall 2004 – Summer 2005: Postdoctoral Fellow at the ACTION for Health Research Project, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Fall 2000 – Summer 2001: Amanuensis, Aarhus University, Denmark

Fall 1999 – Summer 2000: Instructor, Aarhus University, Denmark


Ph.D. in Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus, 2004.

Dissertation: Experimental Devices: Studies in STS and Electronic Patient Records.

Committee: Randi Markussen, Finn Olesen, Geoffrey C. Bowker (then Santa Clara University) and Steven D. Brown (then Loughborough University)

M.A. in Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus, 2000.


University of Aarhus, Denmark


Organisational Analysis (2000-1)

Organizational Communication (2005)


STS, Normativity, and Politics (2001)

Information Studies in Practice and Empirical Philosophy (2004)

Communication and Learning (2005)

Globalization, Communication, and Technology (2006)

Environments of Learning: Digital Media and Mediated Communication (2006)

Copenhagen Business School


Theories of Science and Technology (2006-7)

Organization Theory (2006-7)

Foundations and Methods of Business Studies (2007)

Videnskabsteori (Ha-Psyk) (2008)


Organizational Design (2007)

Introduction to Sustainable Business (2007)

Organisation og ledelse som kommunikation (2007)

IT-University of Copenhagen


Society and Technology (2010-) *With Laura Watts. Best teaching evaluation of the ITU, fall 2010


Globalization, Culture and Technology (2009)

Globalization, Organization and Communication (2010-)


Organisatorisk implementering (Organizational implementation) (2009)

Osaka University 


Culture, Knowledge and Technology (2012->)

Ph.D.-courses, teaching

Metodologi i organisationsanalyser, Copenhagen Business School, February 18-22, 2007

Ethnography and Technology in Relation to Gilles Deleuze’s Philosophy, IT-University of Copenhagen, May 7-9, 2007

Contemporary Social Theory in Studies of Natural Resource Management: Power and Participation, University of Copenhagen, LIFE, May 25-28, 2010

Trusting Information, IT University of Copenhagen, October 10-12, 2011 (organizer)

Introduction to Medical Science and Technology Studies, University of Copenhagen, Center for Science, Technology and Medicine, November 31, 2011


Main Supervisor

Sara Malou Strandvad (2009) Inspirations for a New Sociology of Art. Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organization.

Annegrete Juul Nielsen (2010) Traveling Technologies and the Transformation of Health Care Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organization.

Karen Boll (2011) Taxing Assemblages: Laborious and Meticulous Achievements of Tax Compliance. IT University of Copenhagen, Technologies in Practice Group.

Antonia Caitlin Walford (2013) Transforming Data: An Ethnography of Scientific Data from the Brazilian Amazon. IT University of Copenhagen, Technologies in Practice Group.



Birgitte Gorm Hansen (2011) Adapting in the Knowledge Economy: Lateral Strategies for Scientists and Those Who Study Them. Copenhagen Business School, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy.

Anja Svejgaard Pors (2012) Iværksættelse af kommunikation – patientfigurer i hospitalets strategiske kommunikation (Deployment of Communication: Patient Figures in the Hospital’s Strategic Communication). Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organization.

Helene Ratner (2012) Promises of Reflexivity: Managing and Researching Inclusive Schools. Copenhagen Business School, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy


 1. opponent for Robert Bye, Lærende Bygninger – Nøkkelfærdige Brukere? Bruk, brukermedvirkning og energieffektivisering i yrkesbygg, Norges teknisk-naturvidenskabelige universitet (NTNU), Det historisk-filosofiske fakultet. Trondheim, January 2008.

 1. opponent for Anthea Nicholls, The Social Life of the Computer in Ramingining. Charles Darwin University, Faculty of Education, Health and Science, Darwin, Australia, December 2009.

 1. opponent for Mark Egan, Engineering Affect: An Ethnography of Space Science, Leicester University, Faculty of Social Science, Department of Management, Leicester, UK, November 2011.

Opponent for Su-Yin Hor, Patient Safety and Accountability: A Study of Mess and Multiplicity. University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Sydney, Australia, May 2011.

 1. opponent for Rachel Douglas-Jones, Locating Ethics: Capacity Building, Ethics Review and Research Governance Across Asia. Durham University, Department of Anthropology, UK, February 2013.


Copenhagen Business School

Program co-ordinator for Strategy, Organization and Leadership (SOL) (2007)

Co-ordinator for the minor in Sustainable Business (2007)

IT University of Copenhagen

 Ph.D Study board (2008-2013)

 Head of Group (temporary) Technologies in Practice (2012 fall)


Editorial board:

Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (2008 – )

HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory (2011 – )

Mattering Press (2012-)

Science, Technology and Human Values (2008 – )

STS Encounters (2008- )


AI & Society

Anthropological Quarterly

Cambridge Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

Current Anthropology

Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory

East Asian Science, Technology and Society


Environment and Planning D

HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory

Health Policy

Information, Technology and People

Millennium: Journal of International Studies

Nordisk tidsskrift for informationsvidenskab og kulturformidling


Philosophia Scientiae

Philosophy and Technology

Qualitative Studies

Scandinavian Journal of Management

Science and Public Policy

Science as Culture

Science, Technology and Human Values

Social Studies and Medicine

Social Studies of Science

Sociology of Health and Illness

STS Encounters


Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv

Theory, Culture and Society

Book manuscript reviewer:

Berghahn Press

Grant proposal reviewer:

Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Wenner-Grenn support for Hope and Insufficiency: Capacity Building in Ethnographic Comparison, 27-29, 2015. (Rachel Douglas-Jones, Justin Shaffner, Casper Bruun Jensen & Brit Ross Winthereik). $ 19.210.

Research grant Indigenous Knowledges and Modern Science funded by JSPS 2013-2017 (PI: Keiichi Omura).

Research grant Environmental Infrastructures funded by JSPS 2012-2016 (PI w. Atsuro Morita). Winner of Presidential Award, Osaka University, 2013.

Research exchange grant Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. Osaka University, 2011.

Research network grant for Environmental Infrastructures project. Funded by the Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University, 2009.

Visiting Scholar at the School of Management, Johns Hopkins University, 2004.

Research Scholar at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory, Duke University, 2003.

Visiting Scholar at the Technoscience Research Group, Department of Philosophy, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1998-9.


(2011) Organizing committee 4S/EASST 2012 Copenhagen.

(2007-) Member of executive committee of DASTS

(2006-7) Substitute for the executive committee of DASTS

(2006) Co-founder Danish Association for Science and Technology Studies (DASTS)

(2002) Organizing committee of the 2nd European SLS (Science and Literature) Conference Experimenting Arts and Sciences, University of Aarhus, May 2002.

(2002) Member of the expert panel for the citizen project on Electronic Patient records organized by the Danish Board of Technology.

(2002) Co-founder of Center for STS-studies at Department of Information of Information- & Media Studies, University of Aarhus.

(2003) Participant in the Science, Technology, and Governance in Europe (STAGE) EU Research Network. (EU FP5: contract HPSE-CT2001-50003).


(2015) Wenner-Grenn workshop Hope and Insufficiency: Capacity Building in Ethnographic Comparison, 27-29, 2015. Organized by Rachel Douglas-Jones, Justin Shaffner, Casper Bruun Jensen & Brit Ross Winthereik.

(2014) Organized panels (with Atsuro Morita) Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies, IUAES/JASCA, Chiba, Japan, May 2014.

(2012) Organized sessions (with Birgitte Gorm Hansen) Lateral Moves in STS at the 4S/EASST Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark 2012.

(2012) Organized sessions (with Atsuro Morita, Anders Blok and Brit Ross Winthereik) Environmental Infrastructures I-IV at the 4S/EASST Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark 2012.

(2010) Organized sessions (with Atsuro Morita and Gergely Mohacsy) Travelling Comparisons I-III at the 4S 2010 Conference, Tokyo, Japan, 2010.

(2009) Organizer of “Comparative Relativism” colloquium, IT-University of Copenhagen.

(2007) Organizer of 1st annual DASTS conference “Transformative Praksisser”, Copenhagen Business School, May, 2007.

(2006) Organized session (with Kjetil Rödje) Deleuzian Intersections in STS and Anthropology at the Silence, Suffering and Survival, 4S 2006 Conference, Vancouver, Canada November 2006

(2006) Organized session (with Peter Lauritsen) Development, ICT and Indigenous Knowledges: Translating Matrices of Possibility at the Reviewing Humanness: Bodies, Technologies, Spaces, EASST 2006 Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 2006

(2006) Organized workshop (with Teun Zuiderent-Jerak) on Unpacking Intervention: Action Oriented Science and Technology Studies, Aarhus, 23-25 May 2006.

(2005) Organized session (with Ellen Balka) Exploring the Unruliness of Health Care Indicators The Representation of Controversial Objects: New Methods of Displaying the Unruliness and the Anomalous in Science and Technology Studies, 4S 2005, Pasadena, California, October 2005.

(2005) Organized workshop (with Ellen Balka and Ina Wagner) on Participating in Technology Design and Intervention. Methodological and Ethical Dilemmas of Multiple Roles at the 4th Decennial Aarhus Conference on Critical Computing: Between Sense and Sensibility, Aarhus, Denmark, 20-24 August 2005.

(2005) Organized workshop (with Teun Zuiderent-Jerak) on Practices of Assessment and Intervention in Action-Oriented Science and Technology Studies, Amsterdam, 25-26 April 2005.

(2005) Organized STS Study Seminar at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

(2004) Organized workshop (with Ellen Balka and Ina Wagner) on Work practice research and information technology development in hospital and community health care settings, held in conjunction with the CSCW 2004 conference, Chicago, 7 November 2004.

(2004) Organized session on Theory, Practice, and Normativity in STS at Public Proofs: Science, Technology and Democracy, 4S/EASST 2004, Ecole des Mines de Paris, August 2004.

(2001)  Organized research seminar with Manuel de Landa at the department of Information and Media Studies.


Conference presentations, public lectures and key notes

“Comment on the ‘Anthropology and STS: Generative Interfaces”. Roundtable on “Anthropology and STS: Generative Interfaces” (Organizers: Marianne Lien and Marisol de la Cadena) at AAA 2014, Washington D.C., December 3-7, 2014.

“Post-ANT, Ontology and Multi-Species Anthropology” paper presented (with Atsuro Morita), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, August 2014.

 “Delta Ontologies: Infrastructural Transformations in the Mekong” paper presented (with Atsuro Morita) at the Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies panel, IUAES/JASCA, Chiba, Japan, May 2014 & Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, August 2014.

“Infrastructural Ontologies”. Key note presentation for the IV Reunião de Antropologia da Ciência e da Tecnologia (ReAct) conference, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil, 24-26 September 2013.

“Environmental Infrastructures/Ontological Experiments”. Sub-plenary presentation for the CRESC 2013 Annual Conference: In/vulnerabilities and Social Change: Precarious Lives and Experimental Knowledge, SOAS, London. 4-6 September 2013.

“Audit Loops and Audit Implosion”. Presented at the department of Anthropology, Durham University. February 8, 2013.

 “Audit Loops”. Presented (with Brit Ross Winthereik) at the Lateral Moves in STS panel, 4S/Easst 2012 Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. October 17-20, 2012.

“Making Knowledge Through Environmental Partnerships”. Presented (with Brit Ross Winthereik) at the Environmental Infrastructures panel, 4S/Easst 2012 Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. October 17-20, 2012.

“Form and Variation in STS and Relational Anthropology”. Keynote presentation prepared (with Brit Ross Winthereik) for the DASTS 2012 Conference, University of Copenhagen May 30-31.

“On the Consequences of Post-ANT”. Discussion seminar at Hitotsubashi University, March 10, 2012. Also given (with Brit Ross Winthereik) at the Environmental Infrastructures panel, 4S/Easst 2012 Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. October 17-20, 2012.

“Recursive Partnership, Recursive Infrastructure, Recursive Ethnography”. Key note presentation at the Translational Movements: Ethnographic Engagements with Technocultural Practices International Symposium, Osaka University, March 3, 2012.

“Transparency and Partnership: The Tension Between Aid Infrastructures and Their Users”. Lecture given at Hitotsubashi University, February 14, 2012.

“Ontological Phase-Shifts: The Electronic Patient Record, ca. 1995”. Presentation for workshop on Ontological Things and Anthropological Matters, Keio University, Tokyo, February 11, 2012.

“Recursions: Partnership, Infrastructure, Ethnography”. University of California, Irvine, Sideways – A Conversation about Anthropology, Science Studies Today, December 5, 20111

“Audit Implosion: The State of the ‘Audit of State Accounts’”. Tokyo University, STS Network Seminar, August 12, 2011.

“The Jungle and the Laboratory: Forms of Symmetrical Anthropology”. Department of Anthropology, Osaka University, June 17, 2011

“Design, Users, and Social Studies of Technology”. Advanced Research Seminar held at Osaka University, June 14, 2011.

“Contingencies of Science and Culture: Some Inspirations from Barbara Herrnstein Smith”, Invited speech prepared for the ‘Science, Scientism, and Anti-Science in the Humanities’ Symposium held in Honor of Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, February 11, 2011.

“Making Futures Through Technology”. Advanced Research Seminar held at Osaka University, December 17, 2010.

“Deleuzian Intersections: Science, Technology, Anthropology”. Author-meets-critics arrangement at University of Aarhus, Center for STS studies, October 11, 2010 and at Osaka University, department of anthropology, December 13, 2010.

“Anthropology as a Following Science: Humanity and Sociality in Continuous Variation”. Key note presentation at the Human and the Social Conference, Hitotsubashi Conference, Tokyo, December 6-7, 2010.

“Motion: The Task of Anthropology is to Invent Relations”. Motion presented at the Group for Debates in Anthropological Theory, University of Manchester, November 6, 2010.

“Post-ANT and Conceptual-Empirical Comparisons” (with Christopher Gad). Paper given at Center for Technology, Innovation and Culture, Oslo University, October 22, 2010.

“Techno-animism in Japan: Shinto cosmograms, actor-network theory, and the enabling powers of non-human agencies” (with Anders Blok). Paper given at the 4S 2010 Conference, Tokyo, Japan, August 25-29, 2010.

“Making Lists, Enlisting Scientists: The Bibliometric Indicator and Classification Controversies”. Paper given at the DASTS 2010 Conference, DPU, June 10-11th and at research seminar, CBS, June 21, 2010.

“Aid Information Infrastructures and Their Users: The Making of Inventive Frontiers in Development Aid”. Paper given at the seminar series on Material Culture and Social Anthropology, University College London, June 2, 2010, at the Department for Informatics, Oslo University, October 22, 2010 and at Tokyo University, Advanced Anthropology Graduate seminar, July 22, 2011.

“Monitoring Movements: Audit Explosions in Development Aid Partnerships and STS”. Paper prepared for the 4S 2009 Conference, Washington D.C. October 28 – November 1, 2009.

“Contexts for Comparative Relativism.” Introduction to the Comparative Relativism colloquium held at the IT University of Copenhagen, 3-4 September, 2009.

“Recursive Partnerships: An Emerging Future of Knowledge.” Paper prepared for the 3rd DASTS Conference “Monitoring Movements”, IT University of Copenhagen, June 11-12, 2009 and at the “Mapping Interfaces: The Future of Knowledge”  European Science Foundation Workshop, Reykjavik, Iceland, 16-17 June, 2009.

“Acting With, Against, or Out, in Practice: A Fractal View on Health Care and Research”. Paper prepared for the 4S/EASST 2008 Conference “Acting with Science, Technology and Medicine”, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, August 20-24, 2008.

“Forventninger og indgreb i forskning og felt” [Expectations and Interventions in Research and Field]. Paper prepared for the DASTS ´08 conference, University of Aarhus, June 5-6, 2008.

“Lecture series on ‘Symmetrical Anthropology’, Museo Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, March 17-29, 2008.

“Developing/Development Cyborgs”. Paper prepared for workshop at the Institute of  Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, December 13th, 2007.

“Knowledge management in Development”. Paper prepared for workshop at the School of  Management, Leicester University, December 10th, 2007.

“At sortere forbindelser: Om samfundsforskningens nytte”. Paper prepared for the 1st annual DASTS conference “Transformative Praksisser”, Copenhagen Business School, May 2-3, 2007.

”Læringens ulidelige lethed.” (with Randi Markussen) Paper prepared for workshop on ”Organizational E-learning,” Center for IT and Learning, University of Aarhus, Denmark, December 6, 2006.

“En performativ historie: Den elektroniske patientjournal som en fremtids-genererende anordning.” Paper prepared for the founding meeting of the Danish Association for Science and Technology Studies (DASTS),” DTU, Lyngby, Denmark, November 15, 2006.

“Deleuzian Intersections in Science, Technology and Anthropology: Tracing the    Rhizome” (with Kjetil Rödje). Paper prepared for the panel “Deleuzian Intersections in STS and Anthropology” at the Silence, Suffering and Survival Conference, 4S 2005, Vancouver, Canada, November 1-3, 2006.

“Virtual Ethnography and the Study of Partially Existing Objects.” Paper prepared for the “Virtual Ethnography in Contemporary Social Science” Workshop, Virtual  Knowledge Studio, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 27-29, 2006.

“Sociology, Systems and (Patient) Safety: Knowledge Translations in Health Policy”.  Paper prepared for the panel ““Exploring the Materiality of Solutions and Problems in Healthcare” at the Reviewing Humanness: Bodies, Technologies and   Spaces Conference, EASST 2006, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 23-26, 2006.

“STS and ICT4DEV: On the Construction of New Orders.” (with Peter Lauritsen). Paper prepared for the “Development, ICT and Indigenous Knowledges: Translating Matrices of Possibility” at the Reviewing Humanness: Bodies, Technologies and   Spaces Conference, EASST 2006, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 23-26, 2006.

“Development in Action: On Information Technologies as Globalization Agents.” (with    Peter Lauritsen). Paper prepared for the “Science, Technology and Information Society” panel convened by 4S and Wiebe Bijker for the “Past, Present and  Future of Research in the Information Society” conference organized by the   World Science Project as part of the World Summit on the Information Society meeting, Tunis, Tunisia, November 13-15, 2005.

“Reconfiguring Critical Computing in an Era of Configurability.” Paper prepared for the 4th Decennial Aarhus Conference on Critical Computing: Between Sense and Sensibility, Aarhus, Denmark, August 20-24, 2005.

“Description as Inquiry and Experimentation: On the Multiplicity of Usefulness in/of  Ethnographic Practice.” Paper prepared for the “What is the point of description” panel convened by Marilyn Strathern for the “Description and creativity: Approaches to collaboration and value from anthropology, art, science, and technology” conference, King’s College, Cambridge, U.K., July 3-5, 2005.

“Established Sentiments, Alternative Agendas, and Politics of Concretization”, presented at the Center for Cultural Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz, May 2005.

“Sorting Attachments: On Interventions and Usefulness in STS and Health Policy,”  Practices of Assessment and Intervention in Action-Oriented Science and Technology Studies, Amsterdam, April 2005.

“Response to ‘Pre-Post Modern Relativism’” (Key-note Address by Barbara Herrnstein Smith), SLS Annual Meeting, Duke University, Durham, October 2004. 

“That Elusive Object of Desire: A Linear History of STS” (with Geoffrey C. Bowker)  Public Proofs: Science, Technology and Democracy, 4S/EASST 2004, Ecole des Mines de Paris, August 2004

“An Experiment in Performative History: The Electronic Patient Record as a Future- Generating Device”, Public Proofs: Science, Technology and Democracy,  4S/EASST 2004, Ecole des Mines de Paris, August 2004

“Theory-Hope in STS”, Workshop at Center for Science and Technology Studies, University of Aarhus, Denmark, June 2004.

“Citizen Projects and Consensus Building at the Danish Board of Technology: On Experiments in Democracy”, Workshop at Science Studies and Sociology, University of Madison, Wisconsin, February 2003 and Workshop on the Technologies of Nature-Politics, Center for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, February 2006.

“The Standardisation Debates on Danish Electronic Patient Records: Handling a Differend in Practice”, Infrastructures of Digital Communication Graduate Conference, University of California, San Diego, January 2003.

“Fabrics of Another World: Gore Tex and Nomadic Practices” (with Simon Kiilerich  Madsen), Gender Makes a Difference – Gender Studies at the Cutting Edge of Europe, International Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark,     November 2002

“The Standardisation Debates on Danish Electronic Patient Records: Handling a Differend in Practice”, Responsibility Under Uncertainty EASST 2002,  University of York, UK, July 2002.

“Experimenting (with) Big Brother: Watching Reality-TV from a Cyborg Position” (with  Peter Lauritsen), Experimenting Arts and Sciences, the 2nd 2nd European  Conference for the Society of Literature and Science at University of Aarhus,  Denmark, May 2002.

“Methods and Partial Connections: On the Politics of Qualitative Research” (with Peter Lauritsen), The Politics of Knowledge in Practice Workshop, Lancaster University, UK, April 2002.

“Køn og Kunststof: Nomadiske Perspektiver på Materiel Kultur” (with Simon Kiilerich Madsen), Køn og Kultur i Europa, the 12th Annual Conference for Research on Gender in Denmark at University of Aarhus, Denmark, April 2002.

“Mårup Church and the Politics of Hybridisation: On Complexities of Choice” (with Randi Markussen), Fashioning the Future: Science, Technology and Visions of  Progress, 4S conference, Cambridge, MA, November 2001.

“The “Seamless Web”: The Development of the Electronic Patient Record in Aarhus County”, IT in Health Care – Sociotechnical Approaches, Conference at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, September 2001.

“The Politics of the Electronic Health Care Record: On Standardization and  Coordination”, Worlds in Transition: Technoscience, Citizenship and Culture in the 21st Century, 4S-EASST Conference, University of Vienna, Austria, September 2001.

“Information Technology and Organizational Change as Transformation of  Accountability”, Virtual Society? Get Real! Conference, Brunel University, London, UK, May 2000.

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Anthropology as Critique of Reality: A Japanese Turn

Now out/freely available online: the “ontological turn” in anthropology — in Japan. Special Forum of Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. Introduction by Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita. Article by Miho Ishii. Interview with Naoki Kasuga. And responses by Marilyn Strathern and Annelise Riles.

Monitoring Movements in Development Aid

The monograph Monitoring Movements in Development Aid: Recursive Partnerships and Aid Infrastructures, co-written with Brit Ross Winthereik, now available from MIT Press.

Monitoring Movements in Development Aid is the first book to examine what development aid is becoming in the information age. What the authors find is surprising: novel partnerships and intertwined agendas, the critic’s and the aid professional’s; inventive frontiers of ethical practice and fraught politics where the very form of infrastructure constitutes new social and technical milieus. With increasing calls for accountability in aid projects, and metrics for assessing the effectiveness of aid interventions, the authors’ project could not be more timely” – Bill Maurer, Professor of Anthropology and Law, University of California, Irvine

“Anyone who implements or evaluates global socio-material infrastructures meant to enable the flow of aid-related information that help to create transparency, strengthen partnerships, and improve accountability should read this book. It offers a sharp and forgiving account of what concerns you” – Annemarie Mol, Professor of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam

“Conceptualizing development aid within an information infrastructure perspective provides compelling insights into why such programs have less than optimal results, and why there is a mismatch between what is promised and the reality on the ground. Such an infrastructure is both a solution and a source of problems, as it is always incomplete and in the making” – Sundeep Sahay, University of Oslo.

Read a review from the LSE Review of Books here.

Comparative Relativism (Special issue of Common Knowledge)


Special issue of Common Knowledge. Introduction by Casper Bruun Jensen. Articles by Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Isabelle Stengers, Marilyn Strathern & Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. Responses by G. E. R. Lloyd, Andreas Roepstorff, Martin Holbraad, Steven D. Brown, Helen Verran, Brit Ross Winthereik, Bruce Kapferer, Annemarie Mol, Morten A. Pedersen, Debbora Battaglia, Matei Candea & Roy Wagner.


Blok, Anders and Casper Bruun Jensen. Submitted. “The Anthropocene Event in Social Theory: On Catching Up with Nonhumans,” Theory, Culture and Society.

Gad, Christopher and Casper Bruun Jensen. Forthcoming. “Teknologistudier og Sociologi,” Grundbog i sociologi, C. Bagge Laustsen og A. Blok, Hans Reitzel.

Jensen, Casper Bruun Jensen. Forthcoming. “Can the Mekong Speak: On Hydropower, Models and ‘Thing-Power,” Current Thinking: Exploring Electricity as Material Practice, S. Abram, T. Yarrow & B.R. Winthereik, eds, MIT Press.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. Forthcoming. “Here Comes the Sun? Experimenting with Cambodian Energy Infrastructures,” Infrastructure, Environment and Life in the Anthropocene, K. Hetherington, ed., Duke University Press.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. tbd. “Disciplinary Translations: Remarks on Latour in Literary Studies and Anthropology.”

Jensen, Casper Bruun. Submitted. “Vertiginous Worlds and Emetic Anthropologies,” The World Multiple, K. Omura, A. Morita, S. Satsuka & G. J. Otsuki. Routledge.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. Submitted. “Deleuze in Social Science: Some Introductory Themes,” Annual Review in Critical Psychology.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. Submitted. “Is Actor-Rhizome Ontology a More Appropriate Term for ANT?“, Companion to Actor-Network Theory, A. Blok. E. Farias & C. Roberts (eds). Routledge.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. Forthcoming. “Bifurcações: Relativismo Comparativo”. Conexoes Parciais.




Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2012) “Motion: The Task of Anthropology is to Invent Relations”, Critique of Anthropology 32(1): 47-53.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2012) “Bifurcations: Comparative Relativism”. Translated into Portuguese for special issue of Conexoes Parciais. (Click the title for the English version).

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2012). “Anthropology as a Following Science: Humanity and  Sociality in Continuous Variation”. NatureCultures 1(1): 1-24.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Naoki Kasuga. (2012) “An Interview with Naoki Kasuga”. Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory (Special forum) 2(2): 389-97.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Atsuro Morita. Editors (2012) Anthropology as Critique of Reality: A Japanese Turn.  Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory (Special forum) 2(2): 358-70

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Brit Ross Winthereik. (2012) “Recursive Partnerships in Global Development Aid” in Soumhya Venkatesan and Thomas G. Yarrow (eds.) Differentiating Development. London and New York: Berghahn. 84-10.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Christopher Gad. (2012). “Praksismagi: Praksis som løsen og problem I videnskabs- og teknologistudier”. Slagmark: Tidsskrift for idéhistorie. (Special issue on “practice”) 64: 61-77.


Introduktion til STS

First and only Danish introduction to STS, edited with Peter Lauritsen and Finn Olesen.

Ontologies for Developing Things: Making Health Care Futures Through Technology

“Casper Bruun Jensen is one of the most intellectually accomplished and creative theorists of second-generation Science and Technology Studies (STS) as well as one of the most active and productive researchers in the field. In Ontologies for Developing Things, he offers a series of highly original delineations and vigorous defenses of recent developments–or, as he calls them “dispositions”–in STS (ontological, performative, pragmatist, and so forth) through a series of parallel narrations of his own onsite studies of the introduction of new medical-information technologies in Denmark and Canada. Ontologies for Developing Things is a work of unflagging intelligence and intellectual energy, spilling over with new ideas, surprising angles, sharp perceptions and interesting juxtapositions, and written with correspondingly attractive punch and force. Readers interested in information technologies, contemporary developments in social studies of science, and related cultural and political theory will find the book immensely engaging and endlessly useful”

Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Duke University and Brown University [author of Scandalous Knowledge: Science Truth and the Human and Natural Reflections: Human Cognition at the Nexus of Science and Religion]

“This superb book is all of empirically rich, politically engaged, ontologically profound and lucid. Any three of the four makes a very good book; all four makes an outstanding one”.

Geoffrey C. Bowker, UC Irvine [author of Science on the RunMemory Practices in the Sciences and Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences with Susan Leigh Star]

See the review in Intersections here.

Deleuzian Intersections: Science, Technology, Anthropology


Deleuzian Intersections, published by Berghahn (2009/ pb 2012). Edited with Kjetil Rödje. Contributions from Geoff Bowker, Steven D. Brown, Arturo Escobar & Michal Osterweil, Mariam Fraser, Adrian Mackenzie, Andrew Pickering, Erich Scienke, Isabelle Stengers,  Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. Read the introduction here.

“This remarkable work… creates a compelling radicalism from which to broach issues and problems that turn out to belong to no one discipline.”   ·  Marilyn Strathern, Cambridge University

“Science studies has long been in need of some Deleuzian lines of flight from its predictable territories – now the wait is over… If the next century will be known as Deleuzian, as Foucault famously predicted, then the next century’s science studies will proliferate and unfold from the rich materials collected here.”   ·  Mike Fortun, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

This is an excellent edited collection that points to new lines of inquiry in the areas explored. The editors must congratulate themselves in pulling together a fine body of work. “ ·  JRAI

To consider anew the relation of science and humanities beyond the simplistic finger-pointing of “social constructivism” or the reductivism of STS, as this book does, is an important direction for continuing Deleuze’s project.”  ·  SubStance

See book reviews in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute and in Substance




Environmental Infrastructures

See the project website for further details. The project won the Presidential Award of Osaka University 2013.

Date: August 2012 – 2016

Type: International research project (Funded by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science).

The project involves collaborative activities organized by associate professor Atsuro Morita (P.I), associate professors Casper Bruun Jensen and Brit Ross Winthereik (ITU), Anders Blok (KU) and participants from Tokyo and Kyoto University among other places.

Environmental infrastructures refer to systems of coordinated technologies, standards and practices that are developed with the aim of ensuring environmental sustainability. The point of the environmental infrastructures project is to develop a comparative basis with which to analyze different modes and strategies for building sustainable environmental infrastructures. Our working hypothesis is that a precondition for the successful development of environmental infrastructures is that technological innovation is carried out in a way that takes into account both the natural environment and the socio-cultural context of user countries. Our science and technology studies (STS) approach to environmental infrastructures is based on ethnographic studies of engineering practices, use of IT technologies, and the building of socio-cultural partnerships in the context of green technology innovation. Applicants are engaged in a wide range of research topics in Denmark, Japan, Thailand and India. Each case is explored ethnographically and focuses on technology design aiming to improve environmental sustainability. Shared among them is that i) they require innovative combinations of new and old technologies, ii) they are carried out in the context of considerable uncertainty about outcomes, and iii) they involve complex relations between Northern and Southern partners, connecting local innovations with global circulation of people, objects and information.

Preliminary meetings were held in conjunction with the 4S conference in Tokyo, 2010 and in Osaka and Copenhagen 2011. Two workshops are planned under the framework of this activity; the first in Copenhagen, Denmark in September 2010 and the second in Osaka, Japan in November 2010. Project participants held a series of panels on Environmental Infrastructures at the 4S 2012 conference in Copenhagen.


Jensen, Casper Bruun, Morten Pedersen and Brit Ross Winthereik. Editors. (2011). Comparative Relativism: Symposium on an Impossibility (special issue of Common Knowledge 17(1).

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2011) “Introduction: Contexts for Comparative Relativism”. Common Knowledge 17(1) (Special issue on “Comparative Relativism: Symposium on an Impossibility”). 1- 13.

Jensen, Casper Bruun Jensen. (2011). “Making Lists, Enlisting Scientists: The Bibliometric Indicator, Uncertainty and Emergent Agency”. Science Studies 24(2) 64-84.