Dr.ir. B.F.H.J. (Britte) Bouchaut

Dr.ir. B.F.H.J. (Britte) Bouchaut



Britte Bouchaut is Assistant Professor at the Safety & Security Science group at TU Delft. Her research focuses on the ethics of safety in Chemistry and Biotechnology, and how we can work towards safer and more sustainable industries by means of Safe (and sustainable)-by-Design and Responsible Research and Innovation.   

Britte was trained as a chemical analyst (BSc.) and studied Innovation Sciences (MSc.) at Eindhoven University of Technology. She obtained her PhD degree (cum laude) at the Biotechnology & Society group at TU Delft, researching how we can learn what uncertain risks and uncertainties associated with emerging biotechnologies entail, in a safe and responsible way ( T-TRIPP project). As a Postdoctoral researcher, Britte was involved in the EU H2020 Water Mining project.  


  • Safe (and Sustainable) by Design: application of the SbD concept to new, (synthetic) chemicals, compounds and biotechnologies
  • Risk/Benefits assessments & balances for responsible innovation
  • Value conflicts when designing for safety
  • Responsibility allocation when dealing with uncertainties and uncertain risks; Accountability, Blameworthiness
  • Transparency and effective information exchange for safe chemistry and biotechnology
  • International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) TU Delft 


T-TRIPP: Tools for Translation of Risk Research into Policies and Practices. 
This project aims to contribute to a better translation between science and policy to enhance the responsible development of modern biotechnology. It hereby aims to integrate societal needs and objectives in the process in order to stimulate safe and responsible industrial biotechnology products. T-TRIPP develops two tools: a protocol for inherent safe design and a serious game for biosafety and biosecurity.    
EU H2020 Water Mining: Water access and its related energy, environmental and economic costs are one of the greatest challenges for society today. This project aims to face these challenges and help ensure access to clean water and sanitation by exploring alternative water sources and developing innovative solutions for sustainable water management, including tapping into urban and industrial wastewater and seawater desalination.

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