People of CAPS Centre for Applied Philosophy of Science

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  • Rani Lill Anjum, NMBU

    Rani Lill Anjum is the founder and Co-director of CAPS and works as Researcher in Philosophy at the NMBU School of Economics and Business. She is Principal Investigator of CauseHealth and Coinvestigator of the follow-up project CauseHealth Pharmacovigilance. Her work is on causation, probability and dispositions and how philosophical theories of these tacitly motivate scientific methodology and practice. She is author of Causation - A Very Short Introduction (2013), Getting Causes from Powers and Causation in Science - On the Methods of Scientific Discovery (forthcoming), all with Oxford University Press and co-authored with Stephen Mumford.

  • Yevgeniya Tomkiv, NMBU

    Yevgeniya Tomkiv has been part of the NMBU centre of excellence, CERAD - Centre for Environmental Radioactivity, since 2013, and she has been involved in various European projects dealing with societal aspects of radiological emergencies (PREPARE, NERIS, SHAMISEN) and stakeholder involvement in environmental remediation (NanoRem). Before this, she got her Master's degree in ecology from NMBU, where she focused on environmental risk assessment with a specialty topic on societal aspects of the risk assessment. Yevgeniya is on the management board of the European Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities in Ionizing Radiation Research and leads a research umbrella on societal impacts at CERAD.


  • Deborah Oughton, NMBU

    Deborah Oughton is Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Scienes and Natural Resource Management at NMBU and Research Director of Centre for Environmental Radioactivity (CERAD).

  • John Andrew McNeish, NMBU

    John Andrew McNeish is Professor of International Environment and Development Studies at the Faculty of Landscape and Society at NMBU. As an anthropologist, her has worked on questions related to environmental governance, energy and resource politics, indigenous peoples' rights and development, and civil society mobilisation in Latin America. He is co-editor of, among other works, Flammable Societies: Studies on the Socio-Economics of Oil and Gas (Pluto Press 2012) and Contested Powers: The Politics of Energy and Development in Latin America (Zed Books 2015).

  • Øystein Aas

    Øystein Aas is Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management. Trained in applied ecology and human dimensions of wildlife, he is a “jack-of-all trades” scientist. During close to 30 years in applied (contract) sciences, he has investigated topics from eco-tourism to conflicts over renewable energy projects, applying both traditional (positivist) as well as more qualitative, constructivist methods. Often a partner on multi- or interdisciplinary applied research projects with scientists from many disciplines, he thinks that challenges related to within-project BIAS (personal, disciplinary and philosophical) and differing (yet often implicit) theoretical perspectives and orientations must be treated more explicit. He believes that a stronger philosophical basis for NMBU’s teaching and research is a key ingredient in making NMBU “the sustainability university”.

  • Marie Nicolaysen, NMBU

    Anna Marie Nicolaysen is Researcher in Agroecology at the Faculty of Biosciences, Department of Plant Sciences, at NMBU. A medical anthropologist by training, her research includes studies on mental health services, HIV prevention, injection drug use, drinking behaviour and farmworker health in the U.S., and food aid in Ecuador. Among current research is Urban Agriculture, and how the participation aspect of UA contributes to increasing quality of life. Study of primary users’ perceived health benefits of UA is explored with regard to building of capabilities, with focus on the relation and interaction with nature.

  • Beata Sirowy, NMBU

    Beata Sirowy is Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and a participant of the NMBU Talent Program. Her educational background consists of philosophy (MA) combined with architecture and urban planning (MSc), and her research interests lie at the intersection of these domains. She is particularly interested in phenomenology and hermenutics and their implications for architecture and spatial planning, and in broadly understood ethical aspects of urban development.

  • Edvin Østergaard, NMBU

    Edvin Østergaard is Professor of Art and Science in Education at the Faculty of Science and Technology, NMBU. He is a composer and works with questions in the interface between aesthetics, diverse forms of knowing and history and philosophy of science. Since 2009 he has been a member of the IHPST-network (International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group). In 2016-2017 he spent his sabbatical at Humboldt University, Department of Philosophy, Berlin, working with ontological questions in science education.

  • Erik Trømborg

    Erik Trømborg is Professor of forest economics and Section leader for Renewable Energy and Forest Sciences at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management, NMBU. His research areas are fores sector analysis, climate smart foresty, and the role of bioenergy in energy systems. He is a member of the government-appointed 2050 Climate Change Committee.

  • Lovisa Ulrica Molin

    Lovisa Ulrica Molin is a phd-student in nature-based tourism at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management, NMBU. She has an educational background in social anthropology and political philosophy, and is currently investigating more-than-human relations within Norwegian and Swedish tourism and nature protection policy.


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  • Elena Rocca

    Elena Rocca is Associate Professor of Life Sciences and Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) and Co-founder of NMBU CAPS. She is Co-director of CauseHealth and PI of CauseHealth Pharmacovigilance. Her background includes Pharmacy, Molecular Medicine and Philosophy of Science. Elena works in the interface between scientific evidence, practice, policy and philosophy. She has worked on risk and safety of new biotechnologies from a practical, methodological and philosophical perspective. As part of this, she works on expert disagreement, and the influence of philosophical basic assumptions in evidence production and evaluation.

  • Samantha Copeland, Delft University of Technology

    Samantha Copeland is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the TU Delft, Department of Values, Technology and Innovation. She works on scientific discovery and serendipity and is the founder of the international Serendipity Society together with Lori McCay-Peet. She is working to bring together work on serendipity from philosophy of science and epistemology with empirical and interdisciplinary research being done outside of philosophy.

  • Michela Massimi

    Michela Massimi is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Edinburgh and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She was Co-Editor-in-Chief of The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2011-2016) and she is Vice-President of the European Philosophy of Science Association (2015-2019). Michela is currently the PI on an ERC Consolidator Grant entitled Perspectival realism: science, knowledge and truth from a human vantage point (2016-2020). She has extensively written in the area of history and philosophy of science and on Kant’s philosophy of natural science.

  • Mauricio Suárez, Madrid Complutense University, UCL and LSE

    Maurico Suárez is Professor and Chair in Logic and Philosophy of Science at Madrid's Complutense University, an Honorary Research Associate at the Department for Science and Technology Studies, University College London (UCL), and a Research Associate at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS), London School of Economics. He specialises in the history and philosophy of science, foundations of physics, and the philosophy of probability. He also has a long standing interest in aesthetics and its role in scientific methodology.

  • Giovanna Ottaviani Aalmo, NIBIO

    Giovanna Ottaviani Aalmo is a researcher at NIBIO, the Division for Food Production and Society. She specialises in human factors and econometrics, with extensive experience in feasibility studies, SME development, participatory and rural development. Before engaging in academia, she has been serving as Chief Technical Advisor and Team Leader for International organizations in different countries.

  • Carlo Martini

    Carlo Martini is Associate Professor in Philosophy of Science at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (Milan) and visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki. He has worked on the interface between science and policy, scientific expertise, and science communication. His most recent work focuses on the links between pseudoscience and disinformation, and how to understand and counteract the phenomenon. He is leader of the work package "Behavioral Tools for Building Trust" in the H2020 Project "Policy, Expertise and Trust".

  • Bianca Cavicchi

    Bianca Cavicchi is a PhD fellow at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) and University of Oslo, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture. Her background is within political science from the University of Bologna (Italy) and she has been working on bioenergy development and policy analysis for the last five years. Bianca is exploring the feedback causality between social, economic and environmental processes, with the aim to understand what underlying complex dynamics characterize sustainability transition processes. She is working to build up a philosophical and theoretical framework that explains and justifies feedback causality in the human world, seeking to link neuroscience-neuropsychology to the main philosophical traditions in the social sciences.


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  • Øystein Steffensen-Alværvik

    International Environment and Development Studies (B-DS). CAPS interests: quantitative versus qualitative research, free will

  • Olav Bjerke Soldal

    International Environmental Studies (M-IES). CAPS interests: assumptions within science and data-driven research, cause-effect chains, free will, observable data and case study methodology