B. (Behnam) Taebi


Behnam Taebi is Professor of Energy & Climate Ethics and Scientific Director of the Safety & Security Institute at Delft University of Technology. Taebi studied Material Science and Engineering (2006) and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Technology (2010). He was further affiliated with Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University (2014-2020).

Taebi is the co-Editor-in-Chief of Science and Engineering Ethics, and co-editor a volume on The Ethics of Nuclear Energy, published with Cambridge University Press (2015) and the author of a monograph on Ethics and Engineering, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press (2021).

He is also a member of The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (in Dutch: DJA-KNAW) and a member of the OECD Expert Group on ‘Transdisciplinary Research for Addressing Global Challenges’.  


His research interests are in energy ethics, nuclear ethics, responsible innovation and engineering ethics.

  • Taebi, B. 2017. Bridging the gap between social acceptance and ethical acceptability. Risk Analysis 37 (10): 1817-1827.  available online
  • Doorn, N, and B. Taebi. 2018. “Rawls’ Wide Reflective Equilibrium as a Method for Engaged Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Potentials and Limitations for the Context of Technological Risks.” Science, Technology and Human Values 43 (3): 487–5 
  • Taebi, B. and S. Roeser, eds. 2015. The Ethics of Nuclear Energy: Risk, Justice and Democracy in the post-Fukushima Era. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. available online
  • Taebi, B. and I. R. Van de Poel. 2015. Socio-technical challenges of nuclear power production and waste disposal in the post-Fukushima Era. Editors' overview. Journal of Risk Research 18 (3): 267-272. available online
  • Taebi, B. and J. L. Kloosterman. 2015. Design for values in nuclear technology. In Handbook of Ethics, Values, and Technological Design: Sources, Theory, Values and Application Domains, edited by J. van den Hoven, P. Vermaas and I. Van de Poel. Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media: 805-829 available online
  • Taebi, B., A. Correljé, E. Cuppen, M. Dignum and U. Pesch. 2014. Responsible innovation and an endorsement of public values: the need for interdisciplinary research. Journal of Responsible Innovation 1 (1): 118-124. available online
  • Taebi, B. 2012. Multinational nuclear waste repositories and their complex issues of justice. Ethics, Policy & Environment 15 (1): 57-62. available online
  • Taebi, B., S. Roeser and I. Van de Poel. 2012. The ethics of nuclear power: social experiments, intergenerational justice, and emotions. Energy Policy (51): 202-206. available online
  • Taebi, B. 2011. The Morally Desirable Option for Nuclear Power Production. Philosophy & Technology 24 (2): 169-192. available online
  • Taebi, B. and A.C. Kadak. 2010. Intergenerational Considerations Affecting the Future of Nuclear Power: Equity as a Framework for Assessing Fuel Cycles. Risk Analysis 30 (9):1341-1362. available online

More publications

  • Ethics and Governance of Multinational Nuclear Waste Repositories, Personal Veni grant funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
  • Responsible innovation: linking formal and informal assessment in decision-making on Energy projects, Joint Interdisciplinary Project (see the link below for the project team), funded in the Responsible Innovation Scheme, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). 

He teaches a philosophy courses on ‘Climate Ethics’ (WM0535TU) and co-teaches several interdisciplinary courses, including ‘Ethics and Impact of Global Interventions’ (EPA1133) and ‘Climate Change: Science and Ethics’ (CIE4510).

  • Taebi, B. and S. Roeser, eds. 2015. The Ethics of Nuclear Energy: Risk, Justice and Democracy in the post-Fukushima Era. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. available online

Behnam Taebi

Full Professor

Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics/Philosophy of Technology

Research interests:
Design for values
Management of responsible innovation

Responsible risk management
Energy ethics
Nuclear ethics
Responsible innovation and engineering ethics

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