Worldviews & Global Issues

Themes: Social impact

Proof of principle

A TRL is a measure to indicate the matureness of a developing technology. When an innovative idea is discovered it is often not directly suitable for application. Usually such novel idea is subjected to further experimentation, testing and prototyping before it can be implemented. The image below shows how to read TRL’s to categorise the innovative ideas.

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Hedlund-de Witt explores worldviews -the fundamental lenses through which humans see and filter reality- and their interface with global issues. For advancing the debates around issues like climate change and biotechnology, understanding these lenses is crucial.


Through both qualitative (interviews) and quantitative methods, including large-scale surveys in the Netherlands, the USA, and Brazil, as well as literature studies.


In 2015 I hope to have created (the fundament for) a valid and reliable tool to quickly and easily assess individuals worldviews, for purposes of, among others, policy-making and communication.

Dr. Annick Hedlund-de Witt


Dr. Joop de Boer

Nick Hedlund-de Witt


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