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

Emeritus Professor of Technology Dynamics and Healthcare

Nelly Oudshoorn
PO Box 217
NL-7500 AE Enschede

E-mail: n.e.j.oudshoorn(at)
Telephone (private): +31 (0)20 662 8981

Recent books:

  • Hyysalo, S., Elgaard Jensen, T. and N. Oudshoorn (eds). Routledge: (2016). The New Production of Users: Changing involvement strategies and innovation collectives (Winner of the 2016EASST Freeman Award).
  • Oudshoorn, N. (2011).Telecare Technologies and the Transformation of Healthcare. Palgrave Macmillan (Book Prize 2012 BSA Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness).


Nelly Oudshoorn is Emeritus Professor 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.


Her research interests and publications include the co-construction of technologies and users, with a particular focus on medical technologies and information and communication technologies. She is currently working on a book-project  that aims to understand how technologies implanted in bodies, particularly pacemakers and defibrillators, shape the agency and responsibilities of people living with these devices.  


  • Hyysalo, S., Elgaard Jensen, T. and N. Oudshoorn (eds). Routledge: (2016). The New Production of Users: Changing involvement strategies and innovation collectives (winner of the 2016EASST Freeman Award).
  • Oudshoorn, N. (2011). Telecare Technologies and the Transformation of Healthcare. Palgrave Macmillan (see WTMC interview)
  • Oudshoorn, N. (2003) The Male Pill. A Biography of a Technology in the Making. Durham and London: Duke University Press. Rachel Carson Prize of the Society for Social Studies of Science, 2005
  • Oudshoorn, N.E.J. and T.J.Pinch. (eds) (2003) How Users Matter. The Co-construction of Users and Technology. Massachusetts: MIT Press.
  • Saetnan A.R., Oudshoorn,N. and M.Kirejczyk (eds) (2000). Bodies of Technology. Women’s Involvement with Reproductive Medicine, Columbus: Ohio State University Press
  • Oudshoorn, N. (1994). Beyond the Natural Body. An Archeology of Sex Hormones.London and New York: Routledge


  • Oudshoorn, N., 2018. Hybrid bodies and the materiality of everyday life. How people living with pacemakers and defibrillators reinvent everyday routines and intimate relations. Sociology of Health & Illness 40, 1, 171-187  
  • Oudshoorn, N. and Neven, L. and Stienstra, M. 2016 ‘How diversity gets lost. Age and gender in design practices of information and communication technologies’. Journal of Women and Aging, vol. 28, nr 2, 2016
  • Ivo Maathuis en Nelly Oudshoorn 2016. "Technologies of Compliance?  Telecare technologies and self-management of COPD patients"  Eä journal . Special issue on "Healthism and Self-Care", Issue # 7, Vol. 1, 2016
  • N. Oudshoorn. 2016 The vulnerability of cyborgs. The case of ICD shocks. Science, Technology and Human Values , 41, 5: 767-793
  • Asle H. Kiran, Nelly Oudshoorn & Peter-Paul Verbeek (2015): Beyond checklists: toward an ethical-constructive technology assessment, Journal of Responsible Innovation, DOI:10.1080/23299460.2014.992769
  • Nelly Oudshoorn (2015). Sustaining Cyborgs. Sensing and tuning agencies of pacemakers and ICDs. Social Studies of Science.  February 2015; 45 (1), pp 56-76n
  • Esther van Loon, Nelly Oudshoorn & Roland Bal. 2014 “Studying Design and use of healthcare technologies in interaction: The social learning perspective in a Dutch quality improvement collaborative program”. Health, 6, 1903-1918.
  • Oudshoorn, N. (2012) “How Places Matter. Telecare Technologies and the Changing Spatial Dimensions of Healthcare”. Social Studies of Science, 42 (1): 121-142.
  • Oudshoorn N., and T. Timan. 2012 Mobile cameras as new technologies of surveillance? How citizens experience the use of mobile cameras in public nightscapes. Surveillance & Society, vol 10, nr 2 , 167-181.
  • Oudshoorn, N. 2012. Passieve consument passé – de gebruiker als actieve ontwikkelaar. Verbindingen verkend. Kennis uit het NWO-programma Netwerk van Netwerken in beeld gebracht. Den Haag_NWO, 8-13
  • Oudshoorn, N., Saetnan, A.R. and M. Lie. 2012 . “ On Gender and Things: Reflections on an Exhibition on Gendered Artifacts. In: Elles@Pompidou. Women artists in the collection of the Musee national d’árt modern Centre de creation industrielle. Seattle Art Museum, 304-309
  • Van Oost,E., Verhaegh, S., and N.Oudshoorn (2010). Wi-Fi as Community-based Innovation. In: Hayes, V & W. Lemstra (Eds.) The genesis of Wi-Fi. Cambridge University Press, 263-287.
  • Oudshoorn, N. (2010). ‘Assessing Expectations. Promises and Silences in Discourses of Websites of Producers of Telecare Technologies’. Proceedings International Conference "Tentative Governance in Emerging Science and Technology - Actor Constellations, Institutional Arrangements & Strategies", University of Twente, October 28-29, 2010.
  • Oost, E. van, Verhaegh, S. and N. Oudshoorn (2009). From Innovation Community to Community Innovation: User-initiated Innovation in Wireless Leiden. Science, Technology & Human Values, 34 (2): 182-205.
  • Oost, E. van, Verhaegh, S. and N. Oudshoorn (2009). Community based innovation. In: The genesis of Wi-Fi and the road toward global success. University of Cambridge Press.
  • Oudshoorn, N. (2009). “Physical and digital proximity: emerging ways of health care in face-to-face and telemonitoring of heart-failure patients.” Sociology of Health & Illness, 31(3): 390-405.
  • Oudshoorn,N., Saetnan, A.R., and M. Lie (2009). Du genre et des objets. Réflexions sur une exposition d’objets sexués. In: Elles@centrepompidou. Artistes femmes dans la collection du muse national d’art moderne, Centre de creation industrielle. Paris: Editions du Centre Pompidou.
  • Oudshoorn, N. (2009). Zorg op afstand. De politiek van draagbare ECG apparaatjes. In Bolkestein F. et al. De Politiek der Dingen. Uitgeverij Damon.
  • Oudshoorn, N (2010). Technologies de la reproduction et identites des usagers: une co-construction. Le cas de la pilule masculine. In Reproduire le genre. Dorlin, E. et Fassin E (eds). Paris: Bibliotheque Centre Pompidou. Publique d’information, 35-45
  • Ivo Maathuis, Lynsey Dubbeld en Nelly Oudshoorn. April 2006. Hartritmestoornissen diagnosticeren op afstand en de ervaringen van de patient. Patient Care.
  • Oudshoorn, N. and Somers, A. 2006. Constructing the digital patient. Patient organizations and the design of health web sites. Information, Communication and Society vol. 5.
  • Oudshoorn, N., Brouns,M., and E. and Oost 2005. Diversity and Distributed Agency in the Design and Use of Medical Video-Communication Technologies. Inside the Politics of Technology. Hans Harbers (ed) Amsterdam University Press.
  • Oudshoorn, N., Rommes, E., and M. Stienstra. 2004. “Configuring the user as everybody: gender and design cultures in information and communication technologies.” Science, Technology and Human Values, 28 (4).
  • Oudshoorn, N. and T.Pinch (2003). How users and non-users matter. In Oudshoorn, N.E.J. and T.J.Pinch. (eds) (2003) How Users Matter. The Co-construction of Users and Technology. Massachusetts, MIT Press, 1-29.
  • Oudshoorn, N. 2003. Clinical trials as a cultural niche in which to configure the gender identities of users: the case of male contraceptive development. In Oudshoorn, N. and T.J.Pinch. (eds) (2003) How Users Matter. The Co-construction of Users and Technology. Massachusetts, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 209-229.
  • Slooten, I., Rommes, E., Oudshoorn, N.E.J. (eds). 2003. Strategies of Inclusion. Gender and the Information Society. A Qualitative Interview Study of Female User Experiences. Report EU-IST program SIGIS, No. ST-2000-26329. Trondheim: NTNU.
  • Rommes, E., Oost, E. en N.Oudshoorn. 2003. Gender in het ontwerp van de Digitale Stad. In Digitaal contact. Het net van de beperkte mogelijkheden. Kuipers, G., Kloet, J. d. en S. Kuik (red). Amsterdam: Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift. ISBN 90-806145-3-X.
  • Oudshoorn, N. 2002. “Drugs for Healthy People: The Culture of Testing Hormonal Contraceptives for Women and Men.” In G.M. van Heteren, M. Gijswijt-Horstra, and E.M. Tansey. (eds). Biographies of Remedies: Drugs, Medicines, and Contraceptives in Dutch and Anglo-American Healing Cultures. Amsterdam, Atlantanta, GA: Rodopi, 79-92.
  • Kammen, J. van and Oudshoorn, N. 2002. Gender and Risk Assessment in Contraceptive Technologies. Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 24, nr. 4, 436-461.
  • Oudshoorn, N. 2002. “Astronauts in the sperm world”: Die Neuverhändlung Männlicher Identitäten in Diskursen über Verhütungsmittel für Männer. In Wie Natürlich ist Geslecht? Gender und die Konstruktion von Natur und Technik. Editor(s): U. Pasero und A. Gottburgsen. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 109-126.
  • N.Oudshoorn. 2002. “Jenseits des Natürlichen Körpers. Die Macht bestehender Strukturen bei der Herstellung der “hormonalen” Frau.: In Auf den Spuren des Körpers in einer technogenen Welt Editor(s): B. Duden und D. Noeres. Opladen: Leske + Budrich.
  • N.Oudshoorn, A.R.Saetnan and M.Lie. 2002 . “ On Gender and Things: Reflections on an Exhibition on Gendered Artifacts.” Womens’ Studies International Forum 24 (4), 471-483.
  • N.Oudshoorn. 2002, “Waar blijft de mannenpil? Over lastige hormonen, onwillige medici en ‘De Nieuwe Man’. Lover, 29 (4), 6-10.
  • Oudshoorn, N.E.J. 2001. 'On Feminisms, Bodies and Technologies' In Schiebinger,L. (ed) Feminism in 20th-Century Science, Technology, and Medicine. Chicago, Illinois: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Oudshoorn, N. 2001. “ Pourqoui elles en ont et pas eux. Les cles du succes commercial des hormones sexuelles feminines”. La Recherche, 6 (4), 2-7.
  • Rommes,E., Oost E., and Oudshoorn, N. 2001 “Gender in the Design of the Digital City of Amsterdam. In : Virtual Gender. Technology, Consumption and Identity. Green, E. and A. Adam(eds). London and New York: Routledge, 241-263
  • Oudshoorn, N. 2001. “Reproductie, normativiteit en het verschil (m/v)” In Ingebouwde normen. Medische technieken doorgelicht. Berg, M. en A. Mol. Utrecht: Van der Wees, 113-131
  • Oudshoorn, N. 2000 'The Co-construction of Contraceptive Technologies and Users', In Saetnan, A., Oudshoorn, N., and Kirejczyk, M. (eds) Bodies of Technology. Women’s Involvement in Reproductive Medicine. Ohio: Ohio University Press.
  • Oudshoorn, N.E.J. (2000) 'Imagined Men. Representations of Masculinities in Discourses on Male Contraceptive Technology'. In Saetnan, A., Oudshoorn, N., and Kirejczyk, M. (eds) Bodies of Technology. Women’s Involvement in Reproductive Medicine. Ohio: Ohio University Press.
  • Oudshoorn, N. (2000), ‘Au sujet des corps, des techniques et des feminismes’, in Delphine Gardey et Ina Lowy (eds) L’ Invention du naturel. Les sciences et la fabrication du feminin et du masculin, Paris: Editions des Archives contemporaines: Histoire des Sciences, des Techniques et de la Medicine, 31- 45.
  • Oudshoorn, N. (2000), ‘The Birth of Sex Hormones’, in: Londa Schiebinger (ed) Feminism and the Body. Oxford Readings in Feminism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 87 – 118. Reprinted from the Journal of the History of Biology (1990), vol 23, nr.2, 42-83.
  • Oudshoorn, N. 2000. Technologie en zorg: voorbeeld van anticonceptiemiddelen voor vrouwen en mannen. In: Pil over Pil. Red. J.J.E. van Everdingen, O.P.Bleker, H.W. van Lunsen. Overveen/Alphen aan de Rijn: Belvedere/Medidact.
  • Brouns, M.L.M., van Oost E.C.J. en N.E.J. Oudshoorn, 2000., ‘Voorstudie ICT en maatschappij in verandering’, in: Raad voor Maatschappelijke Ontwikkeling. Ver weg en dichtbij. Over hoe ICT de samenleving kan verbeteren. RMO advies 15. Den Haag: Raad voor Maatschappelijke Ontwikkeling, 35 - 101. 


  • Graduate School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC). (Interview on book Telecare Technologies)
  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology
  • Society for Social Studies of Science


Nelly Oudshoorn is contributing editor of the journal Science, Technology & Human Values, editorial adviser of the journal Social Studies of Science, member of the Advisory Council of the Society for the History of Technology, member of the International Editorial Board of the European Journal of Women’s Studies, member of the Advisory Board of Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, member of the Advisory Board of the East Asian Science, Technology and Society: an International Journal, and member of the Editorial Council of the Electronical Journal In Communication, Information and Innovation in Health.