Background and activities


Datafication, STS, machine learning, digital infrastructures, algorithmic governance, data-driven welfare state,  public administration, technology and social power, ethnography.



I am researching the datafication of public administration in Norway.

Platforms, big data and machine learning signal promises of a profound digital transformation, that will impact all aspects of the welfare state and the services it provides to citizens and society. I am following several machine learning projects in the public sector in an attempt to obtain a better understanding of the supposed data-driven future the Norwegian welfare state is heading towards. Which values are programmed into the socio-technological assemblage of smart digital infrastructures? Moreover, are we soon governed by techno-rational cyborg-bureaucrats? While industry insiders regard machine learning as a truly innovative way to personalize the welfare state and empower citizens, researchers stress the techno-rationality, surveillance and unpredictable power the automation of bureaucracy fosters.  Through ethnographic encounters with the inner workings of machine learning production in the Norwegian public sector, I intend to open the data-driven black box. 

I have also conducted a general mapping of the Norwegian public sector's work on AI/data science together with Difi and UiO. In the course of my PhD, I have collaborated on several projects with Heather Broomfield  

Spend January and February of 2022 as a visiting PhD scholar at the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University. 

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

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  • Reutter, Lisa Marie. (2022) Ingenting å skjule: registerovervåking. Datatilsynet [Radio]. 2022-01-21.
  • Reutter, Lisa Marie. (2021) Lærende maskiner, klokere forvaltning? Om bruk og implementering av maskinlæring i norsk offentlig sektor. eForvaltningskonferansen ; 2021-03-15 - 2021-03-15.
  • Reutter, Lisa Marie. (2020) Et kunstig intelligent samfunn – Hvordan skal din digitale fremtid egentlig se ut?. Researchers' Night Live 2020 . Forskningsdagene NTNU; 2020-10-25 - 2020-10-25.
  • Reutter, Lisa Marie; Grolid, Stina Åshildsdatter. (2020) Kunstig intelligens. Nasjonal Digital Læringsarena. 2020.
  • Spilker, Hendrik Storstein; Reutter, Lisa Marie; Broomfield, Heather; Aasback, Anne Wullum; Dahl-Jørgensen, Tangni Cunningham. (2020) DATAFICATION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR: EXPLORING THE BORDERS BETWEEN PUBLIC SERVICES AND CITIZENS. Association of Internet Researchers Conference 2020 . AoIR; Dublin/digital. 2020-10-27.
  • Reutter, Lisa Marie. (2019) Machine Learners: Towards a data-driven Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration. Nordic STS Conference ; 2019-06-13 - 2019-06-14.