Prof. dr.Rip, A. (Arie)

Twente University

Section: MB-STeHPS
Faculty: Management and Governance

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Mail address

P.O. Box 217 7500 AE Enschede The Netherlands


+31 (0)53 489 3353


+31 (0)53 489 2159

Arie Rip is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology in the School of Management and Governance of the University of Twente. He is a key figure in the Centre for Studies of Science, Technology and Society. The Centre comprises studies of new technology and users, long-term developments of technology and the consumer society, technology assessment, in particular constructive technology assessment of nanotechnology, foresight as a science and technology policy instrument, national systems of research and innovation and their evolution.

Arie Rip is involved in evaluation studies, as of the Norwegian Research Council, and the research management of Flemish Universities, and international comparative science policy studies. He was a member of the EU High-Level Expert Group on Foresighting the New Technology Wave, and is actively promoting international collaboration in issues of nanotechnology and society. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Arie Rip studied chemistry and philosophy at the University of Leiden, did research in physical chemistry, and switched to Chemistry and Society teaching and research, and Science, Technology and Society studies more generally. He was guest professor of science dynamics at the University of Amsterdam (1984-1987), and then moved to his present position at the University of Twente. He was President of the international Society for Social Studies of Science (1988-1989). His work in science dynamics, technology dynamics, and constructive technology assessment is widely acclaimed.

Scientific publications (selection)


  • Rip, Arie, Claire Marris, and Pierre-Benoit Joly. 2008. Interactive Technology Assessment in the Real World: Dual Dynamics in an iTA Exercise on Genetically Modified Vines. available online


  • Swierstra, Tsjalling, and Arie Rip. 2007. Nano-ethics as NEST-ethics: Patterns of Moral Argumentation About New and Emerging Science and Technology. Nanoethics 1 (1):3-20. available online


  • Morris, Norma, and Arie Rip. 2006. Scientists' coping strategies in an evolving research system: the case of life scientists in the UK: Beech Tree Publishing. click to open pdf


  • Kirejczyk, M., Rip, A. Van Berkel, D. e.a. 2003. Ruimte voor rechtvaardigheid. Reconstructie van de dynamiek in de processen van besluitvorming over toelating van vier medische interventies: IVF, maternale serumscreening, taxo├»den en rivastigmine: ZonMw programma Verdelingsvraagstukken. click to open pdf
  • Rip, Arie. 2003. Constructing Expertise: In a Third Wave of Science Studies? Social Studies of Science 33:419 - 434. available online


  • Deuten, J. Jasper, and Arie Rip. 2000. Narrative Infrastructure in Product Creation Processes. available online
  • Meulen, Barend van der, and Arie Rip. 2000. Evaluation of societal quality of public sector research in the Netherlands. Research Evaluation 9 (1):11-25. click to open pdf


  • Meulen, Barend van der, and Arie Rip. 1998. Mediation in the Dutch Science System. Research Policy (27):757 - 769. available online


  • Rip, A., and B.J.R. van der Meulen. 1996. The post-modern research system. In Science and Public Policy, 23:343-352 click to open pdf
  • Rip, Arie. 1996. Controversies as Informal Technology Assessment. Science Communication 8:349 - 371. click to open pdf


  • Rip, Arie. 1994. Technology: Society's missing mass. Public Understanding of Science 3:233 - 238. available online