prof.dr. N.E.J. Oudshoorn (Nelly)

Emerita Professor of Technology Dynamics and Health Care

About Me

My research addresses the co-construction of technologies and users, with a particular focus on medical technologies. My most recent, and award winning, books include The Male Pill. A Biography of a Technology in the Making ( Duke University Press 2003);  Telecare Technologies and the Transformation of Healthcare (Palgrave Macmillan 2011); and the co-edited volume The New Production of Users: Changing Involvement Strategies and Innovation Collectives (Routledge 2016).

In 2021 I received the John Desmond Bernal Prize of the Society of Social Studies of Science. This prize is awarded to individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS).

I have hold several visiting professor positions in Europe, the US, and Asia. Moreover, I  am past chair of the board of WTMC: the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture.



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Oudshoorn, N. (2020, Dec 2). Omgaan met ICD-schokken. Stichting ICD-dragers Nederland (STIN).
Oudshoorn, N. (2020, Jul 5). De veerkracht van ICD-dragers. Stichting ICD-dragers Nederland (STIN).
Boenink, M., Lente, van, H., Moors, E. , Oudshoorn, N., Gardner, J., Balka, E., Green, E., Henwood, F., Lynch, R., & Farrington, C. (2020). Innovation. In A. Webster, & S. Wyatt (Eds.), Health, Technology and Society: Critical Inquiries (pp. 15-75). Palgrave Macmillan.
Oudshoorn, N. (2019). Placing Users and Nonusers at the Heart of Technology’. In T. Pittinsky (Ed.), Science, Technology and Society. Perspectives and Directions (Science, Technology and Society. Perspectives and Directions. ed., pp. 163-175). Cambridge University Press.

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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands