Ibo van de Poel is Anthoni van Leeuwenhoek professor in Ethics and Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology.His research focuses on new technologies as social experiments, values in engineering design, moral responsibility, responsible innovation, engineering ethics, risk ethics, and the ethics of newly emerging technologies like nanotechnology.

He is co-editor of the Handbook of Philosophy of Technology and the Engineering Sciences (Elsevier, 2009), Philosophy and Engineering (Springer, 2010), Moral Responsibility. Beyond Free Will And Determinism (Springer, 2011) and co-author of Ethics, Engineering and Technology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). He is also a co-editor of the Springer book series in the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology.

research interest

Engineering ethics.
Design for Values.
New technologies as social experiments.
Risk ethics.
Responsible innovation.

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Professor in Ethics and Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology


PhD, science and technology, University of Twente
Ir, philosophy of science, technology and society, University of Twente


Technology, Policy and Management


Recent publications:

  • Van de Poel, Ibo and Lambèr Royakkers. (2011). Ethics, technology and engineering. Blackwell-Wiley.
  • Van de Poel I, Zwart SD (2010) Reflective Equilibrium in R&D Networks. Science, Technology & Human Values 35 (2):174-199
  • Van de Poel I (2007) Methodological problems in QFD and directions for future development. Research in Engineering Design 18 (1):21-36
  • Van de Poel I, Verbeek P-P (2006) Ethics and engineering design. Science, Technology & Human Values 31 (3):223-236
  • Van de Poel I (2013) Translating values into design requirements. In: Mitchfelder D, McCarty N, Goldberg DE (eds) Philosophy and Engineering: Reflections on Practice, Principles and Process. Springer, Dordrecht, pp 253-266

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