Dr. U. (Udo) Pesch


I am associate professor in ethics of technology at the department of Values, Technology and Innovation of the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at the TU Delft. I studied philosophy of technology, science and society at the University of Twente and got my PhD in 2005 at the University of Leiden. I have been working in Delft since 2008. I started at the Section for Technology Dynamics and Sustainable Development (TDO) and in 2013 I have become a member of the Section of Ethics and Philosophy of Innovation (EPT).

I am the chair of the human research ethics committee (HREC) of the university and member of the TPM Energy Transition Lab. I teach Technology Dynamics in the Management of Technology Programme at TPM and Engineering ethics for Aerospace engineers.


I have a strong multidisciplinary background in philosophy, policy science, political theory and innovation studies. My main focus is on the democratization of infrastructures, most notably within the context of the energy transition. Other disciplinary interests include responsible innovation, participatory decision-making, environmental politics, public policy, and ethics. My recently published work includes articles on energy justice, sustainable innovation and moral emotions. He has published a wide range of articles and book chapters, among others in Social Studies of Science (SSS), Science, Technology & Human Values (STHV), the Journal of Responsible Innovation (JRI), Science and Engineering Ethics (SEE)and Technological Forecasting and Social Change (TFSC).

  • MOT 1412 – Technology Dynamics
  • WM 0324 – Ethics and Technology for Aerospace Engineering
  • Pesch, U. (2020). Making sense of the self: an integrative framework for moral agency. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 50(1), 119-130. doi:10.1111/jtsb.12230
  • Pesch, U., Huijts, N. M. A., Bombaerts, G., Doorn, N., & Hunka, A. (2020). Creating ‘Local Publics’: Responsibility and Involvement in Decision-Making on Technologies with Local Impacts. Science and Engineering Ethics. doi:10.1007/s11948-020-00199-0
  • Pesch, U., & Vermaas, P. E. (2020). The Wickedness of Rittel and Webber’s Dilemmas. Administration & Society, 52(6), 960-979.
  • Pesch, U., Spekkink, W., & Quist, J. (2019). Local sustainability initiatives: innovation and civic engagement in societal experiments European Planning Studies, 27(2), 300-317. doi:10.1080/09654313.2018.1464549
  • Pesch, U., & Ishmaev, G. (2019). Fictions and frictions: Promises, transaction costs and the innovation of network technologies. Social Studies of Science, 49(2), 264-277. doi:10.1177/0306312719838339
  • Pesch, U. (2019). Elusive publics in energy projects: The politics of localness and energy democracy. Energy Research & Social Science, 56, 101225. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2019.101225
  • Pesch, U., Correljé, A., Cuppen, E., & Taebi, B. (2017). Energy justice and controversies: Formal and informal assessment in energy projects. Energy Policy. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2017.06.040
  • Pesch, U., Vernay, A.-L., van Bueren, E., & Pandis Iverot, S. (2017). Niche entrepreneurs in urban systems integration: On the role of individuals in niche formation. Environment and Planning A, 0308518X17705383.
  • Pesch, U. (2015). Tracing discursive space: Agency and change in sustainability transitions. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 90, Part B(0), 379-388. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2014.05.009
  • Pesch, U., Huitema, D., & Hisschemöller, M. (2012). A Boundary Organization and its Changing Environment: The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency MNP. Environment and Planning C, 30, 487-503.

More publications

  • Pesch, U. (2005). The Predicaments of Publicness. An Inquiry into the Conceptual Ambiguity of Public Administration. Delft: Eburon.
  • Pesch, U. (2017). Het leven in de vrije stad

Dr. ir. Udo Pesch

Associate professor

Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics/Philosophy of Technology
Energy Transition Lab, MT Member

Research interests:
Design for values
Management of responsible innovation

Sustainable innovation
The role of the public in the energy transition
Energy controversies

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Dr.ir. U. Pesch