Background and activities

Merete Lie, professor 


My field of research is feminist technoscience. With a background in social anthropology I have been working across the interdisciplinary fields of Gender Studies and Science and Technology Studies. My research includes a variety of themes related to gender, including work research and changing technologies, and globalization. With my colleague Ragnhild Lund, I have conducted a longitudinal study of Malaysian women workers (1986-2015) in Norwegian owned industry based on biographical interviews. The longitudinal study includes field studies of the companies’ transfer of production to China. At present, my research is on welfare technologies, biopolitics, assisted reproductive technologies, medical imaging and bioart.



Egg donation, body and gender 2022 -

Sci-art expanded. Women practitioners in the lab (Book project with Lisa Cartwright and Nora S. Vaage) 2020 -

Posthuman Perspectives on Welfare Technologies (HF/NTNU) 2014-2017

Robotic care. Networks on Health, Technology and Culture (RCN/Research Council Norway 2015-16)

Inside Out. New Images and Imaginations of the Body (RCN/KULVER Cultural Values 2010-2014)

Reproductive Relations. Production of Gendered Meaning in the Field of Reproduction (RCN/Gender Research Programme 2009-2012) 

The Social meaning of Children. Fertility, Gender and Social Class (RCN/FRISAM 2010-2012) 

 Globalization and Marginalization: Norwegian Companies in China (NTNU 2003-2009)

Perceptions of Gender, Genes and Reproduction (RCN/ELSA 2002-2008)



Merete Lie and Ragnhild Lund: Renegotiating Local Values. Working Women and Foreign Industry in Malaysia. London: Curzon 1993

Lie M and KH Sørensen (eds): Making technology our own? Domesticating technology into everyday life, Oslo: Scandinavian University Press 1996

Lie, M (ed): He, She & IT revisited. New Perspectives on Gender in the Information Society. Oslo: Gyldendal Academic 2003 (
Se bilde av forsiden)

 Lie, M, R Lund and G H Hansen (eds) Making it in China, Høyskoleforlaget/Norwegian Academic Press 2008

Ellingsæter, A L, A-M Jensen and M Lie (eds) 2013 The Social Meaning of Children and Fertility Change in Europe. London: Routledge 


Lie, M & N Lykke (eds) 2017 Assisted Reproduction Across Borders. Feminist Perspectives on Normalizations, Disruptions and Transmissions. NY: Routledge

Assisted Reproduction Across Borders: Feminist Perspectives on Normalizations, Disruptions and Transmissions (Hardback) book cover








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