Background and activities

I work in philosophy of science, ethics of technology and art-based approaches to philosophy and responsible research and innovation (RRI) I have worked as an "embedded philosopher" in different interdisciplinary science projects, including in complexity science, systems biology, and biotechnology. want to understand and help exercise response-abilities in science, through humanities and arts resources.

My research has received NSF, Max Planck and White funding. I was an invited Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego Institute for Practical Ethics in Spring and Summer 2018.

At NTNU I am a member of the Decolonial Research Group, the Research group on the Ethos of Technology RESET, and the Steering Group for Biotechnology RRI. I coordinate the Research group for APPlied Ethics RAPP.

I hold a first degree in Mathematics and Physics (Warwick, 2000), an MA in Philosophy (2006) and PhD in Philosophy and Science Studies (2009) from University of California, San Diego on The use of race as a variable in biomedical research


Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Artistic productions

  • Murray-Leslie, Alexandra; Efstathiou, Sophia; Teran, Michelle; Haykowsky, Mika; Brunner, Johanna; Einarsdottir, Unnur Andrea; Fayant, Amanda. (2018) ALL WOMEN’S NETWORKED JAM SESSION (AWNJS). ALL WOMEN’S NETWORKED JAM SESSION (AWNJS)

Part of book/report

  • Efstathiou, Sophia. (2019) Facing animal research: Levinas and technologies of effacement. Face to face with animals: Lévinas and the animal question.
  • Efstathiou, Sophia. (2018) Im Angesicht der Gesichter: Technologien des Gesichtsverlusts in der Tierforschung. Philosophie der Tierforschung: Band 3 Milieus und Akteure.
  • Efstathiou, Sophia. (2017) Performance and Philosophy of Science: Trashfiguring Epistemic Cultures Through the Performance Art of FYTA. The Black Book of FYTA.
  • Efstathiou, Sophia. (2016) Genetics and Racial Minorities in the United States. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies.
  • Efstathiou, Sophia; Mirmalek, Zara. (2014) Interdisciplinarity In Action. Philosophy of Social Science: A New Introduction.
  • Efstathiou, Sophia. (2012) Beauty and health as medical norms: The case of Nazi medicine. HEALTH, ILLNESS AND DISEASE:PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAYS.
  • Nydal, Rune; Efstathiou, Sophia; Lægreid, Astrid. (2012) Crossover Research: Exploring a Collaborative Mode of Integration. Little by Little. Expansions of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies.


  • Korsnes, Marius; Efstathiou, Sophia; Giulia, Sonetti. (2019) The Skills you Need to Succeed with Interdisciplinary Teamwork. HIP Konferansen . Helen Gansmo, Tverrfaglige Kulturstudier, NTNU; Trondheim. 2019-02-06.
  • Efstathiou, Sophia. (2018) Acceptance - Being open to new ideas. Sustainability and Interdisciplinary Research: Skills for Collaboration and Communication . Sophia Efstathiou and Marius Korsnes; Trondhjem Kunstforening. 2018-03-01 - 2018-03-02.
  • Efstathiou, Sophia. (2018) Sophia starta oppropet #metooakademia. På Høyden [Avis]. 2018-01-22.
  • Efstathiou, Sophia. (2018) Training response-abilities through performance. ELSA Norway ; 2018-11-02 - 2018-11-04.
  • Efstathiou, Sophia; Hovdal Moan, Marit; Østli Jakobsen, Hanne. (2018) 20 historier og 661 underskrifter: Tafsing på fagmiddager, trakassering i plenum og faglig baksnakking fra avviste flørtere. #MetooAkademia viser maktmisbruk med bred palett. Morgenbladet [Avis]. 2018-02-23.
  • Efstathiou, Sophia. (2017) Data, doxa and delta: The metaphysics of the alphabet or facing signs. Documena 2017 . Athens Biennale; FYTA; Bagkeion, Athens. 2017-04-15 - 2017-04-16.
  • Efstathiou, Sophia; Gabrielsen, Ane Møller. (2017) Key Challenges to RRI: How feminist theory and art matter. Response/Ability Exercises in Responsible Research and Innovation from science, humanities and arts perspectives . Sophia Efstathiou and Elena Perez; 2017-11-17 - 2017-11-18.
  • Efstathiou, Sophia; Korsnes, Marius; Sommer, Laura K.. (2017) Sustainability Communication: Some tools from improvisation practices. Sustainability Science Conference ; 2017-10-16 - 2017-10-19.
  • Efstathiou, Sophia. (2014) Ideobics. Performance Philosophy School of Athens [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] ; 2014-03-15 - 2014-03-16.