Background and activities

My research and teaching interest spans a broad set of topics in the field of ethics, in particular research ethics, food ethics, clinical ethics, animal ethics and empirical ethics.

Current research projects and groups

  • PREMETIKK Parental decision-making with regard to extremely premature newborns

  • National training initiative to make better use of biobanks and health registry data

  • Biobank Norway ELSI Common service

  • HUNT-GENES K.G. Jebsen-center for genetic epidemiology, NTNU

  • HARVEST Better health by harvesting biobanks

  • RESET Research Group on the Ethos of Technology

  • MHEtikk Research Group on Medical Ethics

Some current appointments

  • Head of the Norwegian Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics

  • The Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (The HUNT Study), Chairman of HUNT4 Ethics committee

  • Head of MH Examen philosophicum working group

  • Member of the Regional committee for medical and health research ethics

  • NTNU Biotechnology, Member of Responsible Research and Innovation Steering group

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Myskja, Bjørn Kåre; Carson, Siri Granum; Ursin, Lars. (2015) Fair, local and environmentally sound? Corporate social responsibility in Norwegian food production. Know your food. Food ethics and innovation.
  • Ursin, Lars. (2015) Er vi forpliktet til å produsere mat i Norge? Om det økologiske og økonomiske grunnlaget for norsk matproduksjon. Norske Matvarer - Verdier, muligheter og utfordringer.
  • Ursin, Lars. (2013) Gnawing doubt: eating animals and the promise of cultured meat. The ethics of consumption. The citizen, the market and the law.
  • Ursin, Lars. (2011) Harm to dead persons. Kant: Here, Now and How. Essays in honour of Truls Wyller.
  • Ursin, Lars Øystein. (2009) Duties and Rights of Biobank Participants: Principled Autonomy, Consent, Voluntariness and Privacy. The Ethics of Research Biobanking.
  • Ursin, Lars Øystein; Solberg, Berge. (2009) The Health dugnad: Biobank participation and the solidary pursuit of the common good. The Ethics of Research Biobanking.
  • Ursin, Lars Øystein; Hoeyer, Klaus; Skolbekken, John-Arne. (2008) The informed consenters: governing biobanks in Scandinavia. BIOBANKS Governance in comparative perspective.


  • Ursin, Lars. (2015) Folkehelselandsbyen 2015. 2015.
  • Ursin, Lars. (2014) Folkehelselandsbyen 2014. 2014.