Dr. Stone, T.W.

Taylor Stone is researcher at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Taylor is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the project "Measuring and Detecting Healthy Behaviour" (2018-19), which explores the responsible design of sensing technologies. Taylor's research focuses on the convergence of ethics and design, and draws from philosophy of technology, environmental ethics, history of technology, and (urban) design theory. He is interested in questions of how technologies and infrastructures shape, and are shaped by, social and environmental values. This is taken up through conceptual investigations into human-technology-environment relations, in combination with practical, forward-looking work on the responsible design of new and emerging technologies. 

Taylor is from Canada and has a BA from the University of Toronto, where he studied architecture, and a Master in Environmental Studies from York University. Before beginning his PhD, he was a project manager in the environmental non-profit sector, organized a student design competition, and worked and taught at OCAD University in Toronto. In 2019 Taylor received his PhD in Ethics of Technology from TU Delft and the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology. His dissertation, "Designing for Darkness: Urban Nighttime Lighting and Environmental Values," investigated the ethics of nighttime lighting and how to responsibly light cities at night, with a focus on emerging concerns about light pollution. 


  • 2014 – 2019
    PhD in Ethics of Technology, Delft University of Technology
  • 2009 – 2011
    Master in Environmental Studies (MES), York University
  • 2004 – 2008
    Hon. BA (with Distinction), University of Toronto


  • 2018 – present
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Delft University of Technology
  • 2014 – 2017
    Tutor in Engineering Ethics, Delft University of Technology
  • 2013 – 2014
    Director, Sustainable Design Awards
  • 2012 – 2013
    Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences;
    Communications Coordinator, Sustainability Office, OCAD University
  • 2011 – 2014
    Project Manager, Evergreen

Involvement in (research) projects