Eivind Engebretsen

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Eivind Engebretsen
Born (1974-11-17) November 17, 1974 (age 43)
Nationality Norwegian
Occupation Professor at the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Oslo

Eivind Engebretsen (born in Oslo, November 17, 1974) is a Norwegian researcher in the philosophy of medicine.[1] He is a full professor of interdisciplinary health science at the Institute of Health and Society (HELSAM) at the University of Oslo. He is currently appointed Research Director at the Faculty of Medicine with the academic responsibility for the first medical postdoctoral training programme in Norway.[2][3] In 2017 he was elected a fellow and a group leader at the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[4]

Education and professional career

Engebretsen obtained his master's degree in intellectual history from the University of Oslo in 2001 and his PhD from the same university in 2006. From 2007 to 2011 he worked as an associate professor in philosophy of science at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, where he still has an adjunct position. He has also worked as an assistant professor at the University of Lorraine in France (2001-2002) and as a senior adviser in Norad's evaluation department (2006-2009).[5] He has been a board member of the International Society for Cultural History and the alternate Norwegian Member of the Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation.[6][7] In 2016-2017 Engebretsen was member of one of the expert groups for the interim evaluation of the European research programme, Horizon 2020.[8][9]


Engebretsen's area of interest is knowledge trajectories and decision making in health care. His current research is concerned with the discourse of ‘knowledge translation’ and how this discourse might be expanded by drawing on theories of translation from linguistics, philosophy and anthropology.[10] His work in this area has created international debate.[11][12]

Together with the philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva, Engebretsen has advocated a "new medical humanities" that not only considers the humanities as a corrective to biomedicine, but as a fundamental challenge to the whole distinction between medicine and the humanities.[13]

Engebretsen's research and publishing activities are characterized by border crossing and bridging between different scientific disciplines. He has published more than 100 scientific publications, including articles in renowned scientific journals such as the Lancet, the BMJ and Social History. He has also written and edited several books.[14]

List of publications

Cristin (The Norwegian Scientific Index)


  1. ^ "scientist-site". scientist-site. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  2. ^ "Norway's first postdoctoral fellowship programme". www.med.uio.no. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  3. ^ "The Postdoctoral Programme - Faculty of Medicine". www.med.uio.no. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  4. ^ "Center for Advanced Studies (CAS)". www.cas.oslo.no. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  5. ^ "Eivind Engebretsen - Institute of Health and Society". www.med.uio.no. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  6. ^ "ISCH Committee". www.culthist.net. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  7. ^ "Register of Commission expert groups and other similar entities". ec.europa.eu. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  8. ^ "Register of Commission expert groups and other similar entities". ec.europa.eu. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  9. ^ de Cheveigné, Suzanne; Bustelo, Maria; Engebretsen, Eivind; Sandström, Ulf; Knoll, Bente (2017-10-13). "Interim Evaluation: Gender equality as a crosscutting issue in Horizon 2020 Report" (PDF). European Commission.
  10. ^ "Knowledge in translation (KNOWIT) - Institute of Health and Society". www.med.uio.no. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  11. ^ Greenhalgh, Trisha (2015-04-30). "Real v Rubbish EBM". CEBM Oxford. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  12. ^ Chalmers, Ian (2016-10-21). "An incomplete and misleading reading". www.evidentlycochrane.net. Cochrane UK. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  13. ^ Kristeva, Julia; Moro, Marie Rose; Ødemark, John; Engebretsen, Eivind (2017-09-21). "Cultural crossings of care: An appeal to the medical humanities". Medical Humanities: medhum–2017–011263. doi:10.1136/medhum-2017-011263. ISSN 1468-215X. PMID 28935631.
  14. ^ "Cristin". wo.cristin.no. Retrieved 2017-09-29.

External links

  • Engebretsen's personal homepage
  • Engebretsen's profile page, University of Oslo
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