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.

  • Elena Rocca, NMBU

    Elena Rocca is Co-director of CAPS and works as Researcher in Theory of Science at the NMBU School of Economics and Business. Elena has a background from Biology and Pharmacy and was recruited to philosophy of science as part of the CauseHealth project. She is now Coinvestigator of CauseHealth Pharmacovigilance - Causation, Complexity and Evidence in Parmacovigilance - which is a collaborative project financed by WHO's Uppsala Monitoring Centre for global drug safety. Elena's research is on environmental risk and biosafety (especially in relation to agricultural biotechnology and prescription drugs) from a practical, methodological and philosophical perspective.

  • Fredrik Andersen, NMBU

    Fredrik Andersen is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the School of Economics and Business, NMBU, and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Health and Welfare at Østfold University College. He works on the relationship between philosophy and science. His ongoing research is on metaphysics in physics, with focus on time and space in relativity theory.

  • Stephen Mumford, NMBU and University of Durham

    Stephen Mumford is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University and Professor II at the School of Economics and Business, NMBU. He works on the metaphysics of science. In addition to his co-authored books with Rani, he is the author of Dispositions (Oxford University Press 1998) and Laws in Nature (Routledge 2004). He is currently a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow.

  • 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).

  • 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.


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  • Roger Kerry, University of Nottingham

    Roger Kerry is Associate Professor in the Division of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and Director of Postgraduate Education, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham. He specialises on risks and adverse events of manual therapy, neck pain and headache and clinical reasoning. His philosophical research is on causation and evidence-based medicine.

  • Anna Luise Kirkengen, NTNU

    Anna Luise Kirkengen is Professor in General Practice at Department of Public Health and Nursing at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and she has worked as General Practitioner for 30 years. She specialises on the health impact of childhood violation and is the author of The Lived Experience of Violation and Inscribed Bodies. Health Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

  • Brian Broom, Auckland City Hospital

    Brian Broom is a Clinical Immunologist at Auckland City Hospital and Adjunct Professor at Auckland University of Technology. He is trained in internal medicine and psychotherapy, and now works to train clinicians to practice 'whole person' medicine and healthcare. He has three books addressing this issue: Somatic Illness and the Patient's Other StoryMeaning-Full Disease and Transforming Clinical Practice using a MindBody Approach. A Radical Integration.

  • Emma Stokes, Trinity College Dublin

    Emma Stokes is Deputy Head of the Department of Physiotherapy and a Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin, and President of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) since 2015. Her research focuses on matters related to professional practice such as leadership in the profession.

  • Karin Mohn Engebretsen

    Karin Mohn Engebretsen is a Gestalt Psychotherapist, with over 15 years of clinical experience in private practice. She is the founder of Interaction Development AS, where she has worked as clinical supervisor, organisational consultant, trainer and coach since the 1990s. As an organisational consultant, she trains executive teams within corporate business in personal development and management skills. Since 2016, she has been affiliated with the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Oslo, writing a dissertation on phenomenology and medically unexplained symptoms, with focus on burnout.

  • Ralph Edwards, Uppsala Monitoring Centre

    Ralph Edwards is Professor of Medicine and Senior Advisor (and former Director) for the Uppsala Monitoring Centre, the WHO Collaborating Centre for International drug Monitoring. He was trained in both general internal medicine and clinical pharmacology. He has worked in clinical toxicology in the fields of drug abuse, acute and chronic poisoning, toxicity from industrial chemicals as well as adverse drug reactions. Now he works on medical and legal aspects of causality evaluation, as well as issues of risk and benefit evaluation and data mining approaches to support signal detection and evaluation.

  • Anna Marmodoro, University of Durham and Corpus Christi College Oxford

    Anna Marmodoro is Professor of Metaphysics at the Department of Philosophy, University of Durham and Associate Faculty Member in the Faculty of Philosophy and Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford. At Oxford she directed a interdisciplinary research group funded by a starting investigator award from the European Research Council and a project grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation. She is the author of, among other work, Everything in Everything. Anaxagoras's Metaphysics; and Aristotle on Perceiving Objects.

  • Alex Broadbent, University of Johannesburg

    Alex Broadbent is Professor of Philosophy and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg, and Co-Director of the African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science. His research is in philosophy of science, including philosophy of epidemiology, medicine and law, with focus on causation, explanation and prediction. He is the author of Philosophy of Epidemiology (Macmillan 2013), Philosophy for Graduate Students: Metaphysics and Epistemology (Routledge in 2016) and Philosophy of Medicine (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

  • Barbara Osimani, Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy

    Barbara Osimani is Associate Professor in Logic and Philosophy of Science in the Medical Faculty at the Polytechnich University of the Marche. She is also affiliated with the Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy, where she is Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded research project PhilPharma - Philosophy of Pharmacology: Safety, Statistical Standards, and Evidence Amalgamation. She works on foundational issues concerning the nature of medical evidence and methods for causal assessment with a special focus on pharmacology.


  • Bjørn Hofmann, NTNU and University of Oslo

    Bjørn Hofmann is Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Gjøvik and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Medical Ethics at the University of Oslo. He holds a PhD in philosophy of medicine and is trained both in the natural sciences and in the humanities. His main research interests are philosophy of medicine, philosophy of science, technology assessment, and bioethics.

  • Linn Okkenhaug Getz, NTNU

    Linn Okkenhaug Getz is Professor in Behavioural Sciences in Medicine at the Department of Public Health and Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU. She has extensive clinical background from general practice, psychiatry and occupational medicine in Norway and Iceland.

  • 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.

  • Matthew Low, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS trust

    Matthew Low is the Lead Clinician for Musculoskeletal Therapy Services at the Christchurch NHS Trust. He qualified from Southampton University in 2003 and has worked in the NHS since. He is an accredited clinical educator (ACE) from the University of Brighton and has been a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) since 2010. He also works as an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) in back pain. He teaches management of spinal conditions and spinal manipulative physiotherapy and runs the blog Perspectives on Physiotherapy.

  • Mike Kelly, University of Cambridge

    Mike Kelly is Professor and Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge. He is the former Director of the Centre for Public Health at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). From 2005 to 2007 he directed the methodology work stream for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. His research interests include the methods and philosophy of evidence based medicine, prevention of CVD, health inequalities, health related behaviour change,the causes of non-communicable disease, end of life care, dental public health and the sociology of chronic illness.

  • 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.

  • Flavia Fabris, University of Exeter

    Flavia Fabris (PhD) is an honorary research fellow at Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, at the University of Exeter. She is a philosopher of biology with a background in philosophy of science and evolutionary developmental biology. She worked at the La Sapienza Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology “Charles Darwin”, focusing mainly on epigenetic inheritance and the canalization of development. Her philosophical research examines a variety of conceptual issues in evolutionary and developmental biology, with an emphasis on causation and the methodological and ontological aspect of scientific practices. She also works on the condition for the success of scientific practices, in particular in the context of evolution and stress.

  • 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.

  • Kai Brynjar Hagen

    Kai Brynjar Hagen is Senior Consultant at Regional Centre for Morbid Obesity in North Norway. He is interested in primary causes of obesity development and factors that contribute to maintain obesity, in particular trauma or other stressors. He also has a part-time position as General Practitioner, District Medical Officer for communicable diseases and Advising Senior Consultant in the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV). He is specialist in community medicine and interested in ecological thinking from individual to health policy.

  • Tobias Gustum Lindstad

    Tobias Gustum Lindstad is Cand. Psychol. from the University of Oslo (2003). He has extensive background as a clinical psychologist both within community based primary care services and secondary public mental health care, as well as in private practice. His research concerns the relevance of epistemology and metaphysics for psychology, and currently he works to clarify the implications of causal dispositionalism for psychological research methods, psychotherapy research and clinical practice. He is the main editor (together with J. Valsiner and E. Stänicke) of a forthcoming book that critically evaluates Jan Smedslund's contributions to psychology, Respect for Reasoning; Jan Smedslund's Legacy for Psychology.

  • Timothy Rutzou

    Timothy Rutzou is a postdoctoral fellow with the Critical Realism Network. He is a philosopher and sociologist with a focus on the philosophy of science and social science, the sociology of knowledge, and continental philosophy. He earned his Ph.D. at the University College London studying under Roy Bhaskar (2015) and his work focuses on the problem of causation, structure, and realism in social science. His other interests include critical theory, existentialism, and cultural sociology.

  • Rolf Sundet is Professor in clinical mental health work at the University of South-Eastern Norway and specialist in clinical psychology. His primary work is on the use of Routine Outcome Monitoring and service user feedback, and alternative understandings of psychotherapy, with a special interest in how to expand the understanding of causation in collaborative work together with patients and their families. He is co-author of Self in Relationships (Karnac, 2004).

  • Alexander Kempton

    Alexander Kempton is a PhD student at the University of Oslo and is positioned within the field of Information Systems. In his research, Alexander is primarily studying digital innovation and digital platforms in the public sector. In this work, he is concerned with exploring how philosophy of science, especially dispositional and critical realism, can contribute to understanding the current digitalization of organizations and society.

  • 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.

  • Line Haaland-Johansen

    Line Haaland-Johansen holds a master’s degree in psychology and is a speech and language therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience working with adults with stroke-induced aphasia (acquired language disorders). She is a PhD fellow at Nord University, Faculty of Education and Arts. Her project concerns practical knowledge and aphasia therapy. The working title of the project is “Practices in aphasia therapy – a study of recommendations in clinical practice guidelines and clinicians’ views”.

  • Vanessa Triviño

    Vanessa Triviño is Visiting Professor at the Department of History of Science in the Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid. Her main interests concern metaphysics, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology and she is currently working on conceptual problems in biology, such as the characterization of fitness and the individuality of holobionts. She is also member of the research group on Metaphysics of Biology: Framing the Interactions between Metaphysics and Molecular, Developmental and Evolutionary Biology, led by María Cerezo.

  • Are Dragland

    Are Dragland holds a master's degree in clinical neurological physical therapy. He has more than 20 years of experience as a physiotherapist in an ambulating rehabilitation team (ART) at Finnmarkssykehuset (Finnmark hospital). The team assists persons with complex rehabilitation needs and works directly with the persons affected, consults with different community services and the public sector. Are is interested in person centred care, and in understanding more about the philosophical rationality behind the way healthcare is practised.

  • Joost van Wijchen

    Joost van Wijchen is Senior lecturer in physiotherapy & health at the HAN University of applied sciences in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Educated in the Netherlands and UK, he has worked as a physiotherapist in Norway and the Netherlands within musculoskeletal practice and sports. He works as educator and designs co-creative learning landscapes (guided Choice-Based-Learning). His interests are in inclusion, variation, and emancipation.


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NMBU Student Pool

  • Øystein Steffensen-Alværvik

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

  • Kjerstin Marita Ingvaldsen

    Biotechnology (M-BIOTEK) and Molecular Biology. CAPS interests: reductionism, complexity, emergence

  • Mari Hiim Sindre

    International Environmental Studies (M-IES). CAPS interests: modality and 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

  • Angie Bao Ngan Huynh

    International Environment and Development Studies (B-DS). CAPS interests: Hume's empiricism and regularity theory of causation

  • Ida Oppen

    Renewable Energy (B-FORNY, MINA faculty). Interested in: Qualitative versus quantitative research, bias and basic assumptions in science

  • Tom Erik Thorkildsen

    Economics (B-ECON). CAPS interests: metaphysical and ethical foundation of science and the concept of rational agency

  • Shoaib Asif

    Business Administration (M-ØA)

  • Gonzalo Juaquin Ale Pezo

    International Environmental Studies (M-IES). CAPS interests: how causation appears in economic experiments