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

Twente University

Faculty: Management and Governance

Visiting address

Capitool 15

Mail address

P.O. Box 217 7500 AE Enschede The Netherlands


+31 (0)53 4893344


+31 (0)53 489 2159


Nelly Oudshoorn is a 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. Currently, she is full professor at the department of Science, Technology, Health and Policy Studies at the University of Twente and leader of the research program Users of Science and Technology of the department. Since January 2005, she is chair of the board of the Dutch Graduate School Science, Technology and Modern Culture.


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 project exploring the role of trust in the design and use of digital patient monitoring technologies in the field of cardiology.

Scientific publications (selection)


  • Oudshoorn, Nelly. 2008. Diagnosis at a distance. The invisible work of patients and health-care professionals in cardiac telemonitoring technologies. Sociology of Health and Illness 30 (2):272-295. available online


  • Oudshoorn, Nelly, and Pinch T. 2007. User-Technology relationships: Some Recent Developments. In The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies , edited by E. J. Hackett, O. Amsterdamska, L. M. and J. Wajcman: The MIT Press. available online


  • Oudshoorn, N., and Somers, A. 2006. Constructing the digital patient. Patient organizations and the design of health web sites. Information, Communication and Society 5.


  • Oudshoorn, N., Brouns, M. and Oost, E.C.J. 2005. Diversity and Distributed Agency in the Design and Use of Medical Video-Communication Technologies. Inside the Politics of Technology. Edited by H. Harbers: Amsterdam University Press. available online


  • Oudshoorn, N., E. Rommes, and M. Stienstra. 2004. Configuring the user as everybody: gender and design cultures in information and communication technologies. Science, Technology and Human Values8 (4). click to open pdf


  • How Users Matter. The Co-construction of Users and Technology. 2003. Edited by Oudshoorn, N. E. J. and Pinch, T.J. Massachusetts: MIT Press. available online
  • Oudshoorn, N. 2003. The Male Pill. A Biography of a Technology in the Making. Durham and London: Duke University Press. available online


  • Oudshoorn, N.,Saetnan, A.R and Lie, M. 2002. On Gender and Things: Reflections on an Exhibition on Gendered Artifacts. Womens’ Studies International Forum 24 (4):471-483. available online


  • Rommes, R., van Oost, E.C.J. and Oudshoorn, N.E.J. 2001. Gender in the Design of the Digital City of Amsterdam. In Virtual Gender: Technology, Consumption and Identity, edited by E. a. A. A. Green. London and New York: Routledge. click to open pdf


  • Bodies of Technology. Women’s Involvement with Reproductive Medicine. 2000. Edited by S. A.R., N. Oudshoorn and M. Kirejczyk. Columbus: Ohio State University Press. available online

Professional/Popular publications (selection)


  • Maathuis, M. Dubbeld, L. and Oudshoorn, N. 2006. Hartritmestoornissen diagnosticeren op afstand en de ervaringen van de patient. Patient Care.


  • Oudshoorn, N. 2002. Waar blijft de mannenpil? Over lastige hormonen, onwillige medici en ‘De Nieuwe Man'. Lover 29 (4): 6-10. click to open pdf


  • Oudshoorn, N. 2001. Reproductie, normativiteit en het verschil (m/v). In Ingebouwde normen. Medische technieken doorgelicht, edited by M. e. A. M. Berg. Utrecht: Van der Wees, 113-131


  • Brouns, M.L.M., van Oost, E.C.J., and 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. click to open pdf
  • Oudshoorn, N. 2000. Technologie en zorg: voorbeeld van anticonceptiemiddelen voor vrouwen en mannen. In: Pil over Pil. Edited by O. P. B. Red. J.J.E. van Everdingen, H.W. van Lunsen. Overveen/Alphen aan de Rijn: Belvedere/Medidact.