The Department of Values, Technology and Innovation (VTI) studies sociotechnical systems from a values perspective. It focuses on the overarching research themes of design for values, management of responsible innovation and responsible risk management, bringing together expertise from the fields of economics, safety science and philosophy.

Lack of public support for an innovation often means that it is not implemented, even though it has the potential to make a positive contribution to society. At other occasions, the innovation is pushed through despite lack of public support, which sometimes means that public concerns have been ignored. But the choice should not be between pushing through an innovation despite justified concerns or foregoing its potential benefits.

Fortunately, the responsible innovation approach provides for an alternative paradigm. It pays attention to important values during both the design and implementation phase, and to the institutions that embed and govern innovation. In our view, the value dimension and system perspective are both essential for the further development, social acceptance and moral acceptability of new technologies.