Dr. R.F. (Rockwell) Clancy


Rockwell F. Clancy is a lecturer at TU Delft. Before joining Delft, he was an Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI) and a Research Fellow in the Institute of Social Cognition and Decision-making, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). Rockwell was an educational consultant at Purdue University, setting up a course and writing a textbook on global engineering ethics. He completed his PhD at Purdue, MA at the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, and BA at Fordham University.


Rockwell’s research interests lie at the intersection of moral psychology, technology ethics, and Chinese philosophy. He explores how education and culture affect moral judgments, the causes of unethical behaviors, and what can be done to ensure more ethical behaviors regarding technology. Central to his work are insights from and methodologies associated with the psychological sciences and digital humanities. His papers have appeared in Science and Engineering EthicsNew Directions in Children & Adolescent Psychology, and Philosophy and Literature.

At TU Delft, Rockwell will be involved with ethics and diversifying education, scientific integrity, climate change and the environment, applied mathematics, and design. With colleagues in computer science and psychology from the UM-SJTU JI and SJTU, he created a website to host educational materials on global engineering ethics and conduct research on cross-cultural moral psychology. Rockwell has taught courses on and organized educational activities related to global engineering ethics, Chinese philosophy, cross-cultural communication, and philosophy of religion.

  • Moral psychology, engineering, and technology ethics: Using insights from empirical moral psychology to ensure more ethical behaviors among engineers and those working with technology
  • Ethics, culture, and education: Explores the effects of culture and education on ethics

Rockwell Clancy


  • Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
    Building 31

Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics and Philosophy of Technology

Research interests:
Design for values
Management of responsible innovation
Responsible risk management
Engineering and technology ethics
Moral psychology
Chinese philosophy
Continental philosophy

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