Prof.dr.ir. I.R. (Ibo) van de Poel

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Ibo van de Poel is Anthoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor in Ethics and Technology and head of the Department Values, Technology & Innovation of the School of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology. He did a master in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (with a propaedeutic exam in Mechanical Engineering) and obtained a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from  the University of Twente before he came to Delft in 1998.

Van de Poel’s research focuses on several themes in the ethics and philosophy of technology: responsible innovation, design for values, the moral acceptability of technological risks, engineering ethics, moral responsibility in research networks, ethics of new emerging technologies, and the idea of new technology as social experiments. In 2010, he received a prestigious VICI grant from the Netherlands Organization on Scientific Research (NWO) for his research on new technologies as social experiments.

Since 1998, Van de Poel is lecturing in ethics and technology for several engineering course programs at Delft University of Technology. He has been involved in several educational innovations in this area, including the development of the web-based computer program AGORA and the first Dutch textbook on ethics and technology. He also co-authored an English textbook on the subject and is involved in the development of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on responsible innovation and several ProfEds (professional online courses) in engineering ethics. He is also regularly advising universities abroad on implementing engineering ethics courses.

  • Van de Poel, Ibo. 2016. "An Ethical Framework for Evaluating Experimental Technology."  Science and Engineering Ethics 22 (3):667-686. doi: 10.1007/s11948-015-9724-3.
  • Van de Poel, Ibo. 2016. "A Coherentist View on the Relation Between Social Acceptance and Moral Acceptability of Technology." In Philosophy of Technology after the Empirical Turn, edited by Maarten Franssen, E. Pieter Vermaas, Peter Kroes and W. M. Anthonie Meijers, 177-193. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
  • Van de Poel, Ibo. 2015. "Morally experimenting with nuclear energy." In The Ethics of Nuclear Energy: Risk, Justice and Democracy in the post-Fukushima Era, edited by Behnam Taebi and Sabine Roeser, 179-199. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Van de Poel, Ibo. 2013. "Translating values into design requirements." In Philosophy and Engineering: Reflections on Practice, Principles and Process, edited by D. Mitchfelder, N. McCarty and D.E. Goldberg, 253-266. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Taebi, Behnam, Sabine Roeser, and Ibo van de Poel. 2012. "The ethics of nuclear power: Social experiments, intergenerational justice, and emotions."  Energy Policy 51 (December 2012):202-206. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.09.004.
  • van de Poel, Ibo, Jessica Nihlén Fahlquist, Neelke Doorn, Sjoerd Zwart, and Lambèr Royakkers. 2012. "The Problem of Many Hands: Climate Change as an Example."  Science and Engineering Ethics 18 (1):49-68. doi: 10.1007/s11948-011-9276-0.
  • Van de Poel, Ibo, and Jessica Nihlen-Fahlquist. 2012. "Risk and responsibility." In Handbook of Risk Theory, edited by Sabine Roeser, Rafaela Hillerbrand, Martin Peterson and Per Sandin, 877-907. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Van de Poel, Ibo, and Sjoerd D. Zwart. 2010. "Reflective Equilibrium in R&D Networks."  Science, Technology & Human Values 35 (2):174-199.

More publications

  • PRISMA: A Horizon 2020 project that will pilot responsible innovation in eight organisations and will develop a roadmap for responsible innovation in industry.
  • CANVAS: This H2020 project aims to unify technology developers with legal and ethical scholar and social scientists to approach the challenge how cybersecurity can be aligned with European values and fundamental rights. 
  • Van de Poel, Ibo, Lamber Royakkers, and Sjoerd D. Zwart. 2015. Moral Responsibility and the Problem of Many Hands: Routledge.
  • van den Hoven, Jeroen, Pieter E. Vermaas, and Ibo Van de Poel, eds. 2015. Handbook of ethics and values in technological design. Sources, Theory, Values and Application Domains: Springer.
  • Doorn, Neelke, Daan Schuurbiers, Ibo van de Poel, and Michael E.  Gorman, eds. 2013. Early engagement and new technologies: Opening up the laboratory. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Van de Poel, Ibo, and Lambèr Royakkers. 2011. Ethics, technology and engineering. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Vermaas, Pieter, Peter Kroes, Ibo van de Poel, Maarten Franssen, and Wybo Houkes. 2011. A Philosophy of Technology: From Technical Artefacts to Sociotechnical Systems. Vol. 6, Synthesis Lectures on Engineers, Technology and Society.
  • Vincent, Nicole, Ibo Van de Poel, and Jeroen Van den Hoven, eds. 2011. Moral Responsibility. Beyond free will and determinism. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Van de Poel, Ibo, and David E. Goldberg, eds. 2010. Philosophy and engineering. An emerging agenda. Dordrecht: Springer.

Full Professor

Department:

Values, Technology and Innovation

Section:

Ethics/Philosophy of Technology

Secretary: 
Nathalie van den Heuvel 

Research interests:
Design for values
Responsible risk management
Responsible innovation
Engineering ethics
Uncertainty

Additional information

Prof.dr.ir. I.R. van de Poel

subjects
2005 - Ethics and Engineering for Aerospace Engineering
2005 - Ethics for Industrial Design Engineers and Architects
2006 - Ethics and Engineering for Aerospace Engineering
2007 - Ethics and Engineering for Aerospace Engineering
2008 - Ethics and Engineering for Aerospace Engineering
2010 - Value Sensitive Design
2010 - Philosophy, Technology Assessment and Ethics for CIE
2011 - Value Sensitive Design
2014 - Responsible innovation
2014 - New technologies and law
2013 - Value Sensitive Design: broadening the scope
2012 - Philosophy, Technology Assessment and Ethics for CIE
2013 - Value Sensitive Design
2013 - Responsible innovation
2014 - Value sensitive design
2014 - Responsible Innovation, introduction
2015 - Introduction to Designing Multi-actor Systems
2012 - Responsible innovation
2014 - Introduction to Designing Multi-actor Systems
2012 - Value Sensitive Design
2016 - Introduction to Design in Complex Systems
2016 - Responsible innovation
2017 - Introduction to Design in Complex Systems
2017 - Introduction Responsible Innovation
2016 - Technology, Innovation and Ethics for companies
2017 - Technology, Innovation and Ethics for companies
2017 - Responsible Innovation (MOOC)
2017 - Technology, Innovation and Ethics for companies
2016 - Technology, Innovation and Ethics for companies
2015 - New technologies and law
ancillary activities
-Geen nevenwerkzaamheden -

2016-01-01 - 2018-01-01

publications
A Coherentist View on the Relation Between Social Acceptance and Moral Acceptability of Technology

peer reviewed : Y

Philosophy of Technology after the Empirical Turn (2016)

authors

editors

  • M. Franssen
  • P.E. Vermaas
  • P. Kroes
  • A.W.M. Meijers
An Ethical Framework for Evaluating Experimental Technology

peer reviewed : Y

Science and Engineering Ethics (2016)

authors

Engineering Ethics

peer reviewed : Y

Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics (2016)

authors

editors

Informed Consent in Asymmetrical Relationships: An Investigation into Relational Factors That Influence Room for Reflection

peer reviewed : Y

NanoEthics: ethics for technologies that converge at the nanoscale (2016)

authors

  • Shannon Spruit
  • Ibo van de Poel
  • Neelke Doorn
Waardenbewust ontwerpen

peer reviewed : N

Idee: tijdschrift voor het wetenschappelijk bureau van D66 (2016)

authors

Conflicting values in design for values

peer reviewed : Y

Handbook of ethics, values, and technological design: sources, theory, values and application domains (2015) 871 pages , p. 89-116

authors

editors

  • J van den Hoven
  • PE Vermaas
  • I van de Poel
Design for the value of responsibility

peer reviewed : N

Handbook of ethics, values, and technological design: sources, theory, values and application domains (2015) 871 pages , p. 473-490

authors

  • JA Nihlen
  • N Doorn
  • IR van de Poel

editors

  • J van den Hoven
  • PE Vermaas
  • I van de Poel
Design for values

peer reviewed : Y

Social responsibility and science in innovation economy (2015) 363 pages , p. 115-164

authors

editors

  • P Kawalec
  • RP Wierzchos¿awski
Design for values and the definition, specification, and operationalization of values

peer reviewed : Y

Handbook of ethics, values, and technological design: sources, theory, values and application domains (2015) 871 pages , p. 151-178

authors

  • PA Kroes
  • IR van de Poel

editors

  • J van den Hoven
  • PE Vermaas
  • I van de Poel
Design for values: An introduction

peer reviewed : N

Handbook of ethics, values, and technological design: sources, theory, values and application domains (2015) 871 pages , p. 1-7

authors

  • MJ van den Hoven
  • PE Vermaas
  • IR van de Poel

editors

  • J van den Hoven
  • PE Vermaas
  • I van de Poel