Prof.dr. S. (Sabine) Roeser


I am Professor of Ethics at TU Delft (distinguished Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor). My research covers theoretical, foundational topics concerning the nature of moral knowledge, intuitions, emotions, art and evaluative aspects of risk, but also urgent and hotly debated public issues on which my theoretical research can shed new light, such as nuclear energy, climate change and public health issues.

I am the head of the Department of Values, Technology and Innovation. From 2015-2020 I was head of the Ethics and Philosophy of Technology Section. I have been working at Delft University of Technology since September 2001. From September 2010 through August 2013 I also held a part-time professorship at Twente University (Socrates Chair). I obtained my PhD in 2002 at the Free University, Amsterdam, for my thesis Ethical Intuitions and Emotions: A Philosophical Study. During my PhD-research, I spent two terms abroad: in the Fall term 2000 I studied at the University of Reading with Jonathan Dancy, in the Spring term 1999 I studied at the University of Notre Dame. I hold an M.A.-degree in Philosophy (cum laude, 1997) and an M.A.-degree in Political Science (1998), both from the University of Amsterdam. I did my B.A. in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Maastricht (1994).

I am vice-chair of the 10 year multi-university project 'The Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies' (ESDT), funded with a gravitation grant by NWO and the Dutch Ministry of Education and the participating universities, with a total budget of more than 26 Million Euro (2019-2029). I was co-PI of an NWO-MVI project on Innovating with Values and Emotions (together with Prof.dr. Linda Steg, Groningen and several other researchers; 2015-2020).  I was scientific co-coordinator and Work Package leader of the Horizon 2020 FET-Open project BrainHack, on the role of art and ethics in BNCI technologies, together with Waag Society (Amsterdam) and various other European partners (2016-2017). From July 2010-June 2015 I was head of a research group on Moral Emotions and Risk Politics for which I have received an NWO-VIDI-grant  and an Aspasia grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). In 2009-2010 I was a KNAW-NIAS fellow. From 2005-2009 I worked on my NWO-VENI project on risk and emotion.

I am and have been member of various advisory boards, selection:

  • April 2021-: member of the Beraadsgroep of the Gezondheidsraad (Dutch Health Council; independent advisory council on health policy for the Dutch government; the Beraadsgroep comments on all advises before they are published); Summer 2021-Spring 2022: member of a temporary subcommittee on sustainability and health
  • May 2021 – June 2022: member of a governmental advisory committee on societal aspects of nuclear energy, for the Raad voor de Leefomgeving en Infrastructuur (RLI; Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure)
  • 2018-2021: member of working group ‘ethics and digitization’ of ECP, ‘Platform voor de informatiesamenleving’, a Dutch platform bringing together private and public stakeholders concerning the ‘information society’
  • 2009-2017: member of the COGEM (‘commissie genetische modificatie’, subcommittee ethical and social aspects), a committee that advises the Dutch government about genetic modification.
  • 2011-2018: member of the advisory board of the COVRA/OPERA (Dutch research institute for nuclear waste disposal)
  • 2011-2012: member of advisory group on new risks for the Dutch ministry of infrastructure and environment (IenM)

I have chaired various ethics committees at TU Delft: 

  • 2018-2021: Integrity Officer and Chairperson Integrity Board of TU Delft
  • Spring 2018: Chairperson of a committee that designed a new integrity policy for TU Delft
  • 2014-2019: Chairperson of Human Research Ethics Committee of TU Delft
  • 2014-2018: Chairperson committee that oversees TU Delft's integrity policy
  • Ethics of Technological Risk
  • Coordinator of course on Scientific Integrity for all PhD students of TU Delft
  • Sabine Roeser (2018), Risk, Technology, and Moral Emotions, Routledge
  • Sabine Roeser, Veronica Alfano and Caroline Nevejan (2018), ‘The Role of art in emotional-moral reflection on risky and controversial technologies: the case of BNCI’, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 21: 275-289
  • Sabine Roeser (2018) ‘Socially extended moral deliberation about risks: a role for emotions and art’, in J. Adam Carter, Andy Clark, Jesper Kallestrup, S. Orestis Palermos, and Duncan Pritchard, Socially Extended Epistemology, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Sabine Roeser (ed.) (2017) ‘Climate Ethics: Uncertainty, Fairness and Responsibility special issue of Science and Engineering Ethics
  • Sabine Roeser & Udo Pesch (2016) ‘An Emotional Deliberation Approach to Risk’, Science, Technology & Human Values 41: 274-297
  • Behnam Taebi & Sabine Roeser (eds.) (2015), The Ethics of Nuclear Energy, Cambridge University Press
  • Sabine Roeser and Cain Todd (eds.) (2014), Emotion and Value, Oxford University Press
  • Sabine Roeser (2014) ‘The Unbearable Uncertainty Paradox’, Metaphilosophy Vol. 45, Nos. 4–5: 640-653
  • Sabine Roeser (2012), ‘Risk Communication, Public Engagement, and Climate Change: A Role for Emotions’, Risk Analysis 32, 1033-1040
  • Sabine Roeser (2011), Moral Emotions and Intuitions, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Sabine Roeser (2010), ‘Intuitions, Emotions and Gut Feelings in Decisions about Risks: Towards a Different Interpretation of ‘Neuroethics’’The Journal of Risk Research 13, pp. 175-190
  • Sabine Roeser (2006), ‘The Role of Emotions in Judging the Moral Acceptability of Risks’, Safety Science 44, pp. 689-700+

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Sabine Roeser

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Values, Technology and Innovation


Ethics/Philosophy of technology

Nathalie van den Heuvel

Research interests:
Design for values
Responsible risk management
Political philosophy

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