Nelly Oudshoorn



Nelly Oudshoorn is a professor emerita of Technology Dynamics and Health Care at the University of Twente. She has been visiting professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, USA, and the Department of Technology and Social Change in Linkoping, Sweden. She is the winner of the John Desmond Bernal Prize 2021 of the Society of Social Studies of Science. The Bernal Prize is awarded to individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of STS.

Research and awards

Nelly Oudshoorn has published widely in the field of Science and Technology Studies. Her research interests and publications include the dynamics of user-technology relations, with a particular focus on medical technologies and information and communication technologies. She is the winner of the Rachel Carson Prize of the Society of Social Studies of Science (2005) and the Diana Forsythe Award of the American Medical Informatics Association (2009). Her book Telecare Technologies and the Transformation of Healthcare Palgrave Macmillan (2011) is the winner of the Book Prize 2012 of Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness of the British Sociological Association. The New Production of Users. Changing Innovation Collectives and Involvement Strategies (Routledge 2016), a volume co-edited with Sampsa Hyysalo and Torben Elgaard Jensen, has been awarded with the Freeman award of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology in 2016. In 2021 she received the Bernal Prize of the Society of Social Studies of Science (see above).