Values, Technology and Innovation
The Department of Values, Technology & Innovation (VTI) focuses on the value dimension of comprehensive engineering, the overarching research theme of the Faculty Technology, Policy and Management. The central research theme of the department is responsible innovation.
The value dimension is important for the further development, social acceptance and moral acceptability of technological innovations. Lack of public support for an innovation often means that it is not introduced into society, even though it might make a positive contribution to society in some way. At other occasions, the innovation is pushed through despite lack of public support, which sometimes means that public concerns are ignored. The responsible innovation approach provides for an alternative paradigm: the choice should not be between foregoing a potentially helpful innovation or pushing it through despite justified concerns. Rather, the responsible innovation approach pays attention to important values, in the design as well as in the implementation of technological innovations, and in the institutions that govern them.
News & in the media
26 February 2020
Servaas Storm in New York Times on corona
The lockdown of Italy's industrial heart because of the corona virus has heightened fears of disruption in the global supply chain. Italy's economy has not grown in two decades. As one of 19 countries that share the euro currency, Italy must abide by strict rules on public spending, further limiting growth and making its companies especially dependent on trade. “Because of the austerity that is ingrained into Italian economic policy, the domestic market is not growing,” said Servaas Storm, an economist at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. “So firms that want to grow have to do it through exports.”
25 February 2020
Cees van Beers chair of NWO SSH roundtable Economics and Business Administration
18 February 2020
Enno Schroder and Kornelis Blok receive planning grant from the Volkswagen Foundation
Enno Schroder and Kornelis Blok have been awarded a “planning grant” from the VW Foundation.