MSc. K. (Karen) Moesker


Karen Moesker is currently researching how one should understand and apply the concepts of responsibility and ownership in wastewater management in the light of increasing circularity and changing socio-technical systems. With her research, she contributes to the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies Research Programme (ESDIT) program that seeks to reflect on the ethics of socially disruptive technologies that increasingly enter society.

Karen Moesker has a multi-disciplinary background with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and a cum laude Master of Science Degree in Management of Technology.


Karen Moesker's research focuses on understanding the challenges of attributing responsibility and ownership in the wastewater management sector. The distribution of both has been one of the major challenges when implementing new, more sustainable wastewater technologies. She will do so by bringing together normative aspects with empirical research to create practical guidance in distributing responsibility and allocating ownership n an equitable manner.

Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies Research Programme (ESDIT)

This research programme in ethics and practical philosophy of technology seeks to realize that reflective turn. Our aim is to reorient the field of ethics of technology by taking up the challenge that SDTs pose to our core concepts. In particular, to the concepts that underlie our moral self-understanding, such as (moral) agency, autonomy, human interdependence, and responsibility; to the concepts that form the basis of our political, social and legal institutions, such as democracy, justice, and equality; and to the basic ontological categories that we use to order our world, such as the distinctions between natural and artificial, humans and machines, public and private, and agents and physical systems.

The program is a collaboration of six large Dutch universities: Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University, University Utrecht, University Medical Center Utrecht and Leiden University.

Karen will be tutoring groups of students for the course WM0324LR  - Ethics and Engineering for Aerospace Engineering.

Karen Moesker

PhD candidate

Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics/Philosophy of Technology

Monday to Friday

Research interests

Management of responsible innovation
Responsibility and Ownership
Water & Wastewater
Good governance
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