Spruit, S. (Shannon)

Delft University of Technology

Section: Philosophy (Values and Technology)
Faculty: Technology, Policy and Management

Visiting address

Building 31, room B4.150 Jaffalaan 5 2628 BX Delft

Mail address

Gebouw 31, Sectie Filosofie Postbus 5015 2600 GA Delft


0031 15 27 89689

Shannon Spruit is a PhD Candidate doing research on the ethical aspects of Nanotechnology. As part of the larger project ‘New Technologies as Social Experiments: Conditions for Morally Responsible Experimentation’ she examines in what way new technologies can responsible be introduced to society. In interaction with researchers, industry and policy-makers involved in nanoscience or -technology she wants to set (moral) conditions for such introductions. Currently she is focusing on the use of nanoparticles in the workplace and what (ethical) considerations guidelines and policy-making. Another topic she is interested in is the use of nanotechnology for healthy ageing and increasing vitality. In what way do cultural conception of ageing influence technological development and moral concepts and framework? Furthermore, what does that mean for the acceptability of such new technologies?

Shannon studied biomedical sciences, medical anthropology and sociology and has a firm background in philosophy and ethics as well. Because of this background she can combine technical knowledge with insights on the social and ethical aspects of science and technology. Previously Shannon worked at the Centre for Society and the Life Sciences and The Pilot Plant on collaboration in the Nutrional Sciences. She examined the chances and obstacles for integration of genomics research in nutritional sciences. She is still linked to The Pilot Plant as an adviser.

Scientific publications (selection)


  • Doorn, N., S.L.S. Spruit and Z. Robaey. 2016. "Editors’ Overview: Experiments, Ethics, and New Technologies". Science and Engineering Ethics 16(3) (DOI: 10.1007/s11948-015-9748-8). available online
  • Spruit, S.L.S., I.R. Van de Poel and N. Doorn. 2016. "Informed consent in asymmetrical relationships: An investigation into relational factors that influence room for reflection". NanoEthics 10(2), pp. 123-138. doi:10.1007/s11569-016-0262-5. available online

Professional/Popular publications (selection)


  • Van de Poel, Ibo, and Shannon Spruit. 2013. Experimenteren Met Nanodeeltjes in De Maatschappij. Tijdschrift Milieu, 2: 32-35.