van der Burg, S. (Simone)


Visiting address

Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen Economic Research, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands

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Curriculum Vitae

Simone van der Burg is a senior researcher in ethics and responsible research and innovation at Wageningen University & Research. The goal of her work is to enhance ethical reflection of stakeholders on impacts of technological innovation on human (social) life. This approach to ethics contributes to more responsible decision making about innovation by making the values and interests of stakeholders explicit and facilitate their reflection and dialogue. Van der Burg is an experienced project leader and researcher who published about numerous innovation trajectories primarily in the health care domain, as well as in food and farming. She is co-founder and associate editor of the Journal of Responsible Innovation and member of Cogem which advises the government about ethical and societal aspects of genetic modification of human beings, animals and plants.  

Scientific publications (selection)


  • Fostering caring relationships: Suggestions to rethink liberal perspectives on the ethics of newborn screening available online
  • Giving Voice to Patients: Developing a Discussion Method to Involve Patients in Translational Research available online


  • A Lay Ethics Quest for Technological Futures: About Tradition, Narrative and Decision-Making available online
  • Evaluating a counselling strategy for diagnostic WES in paediatric neurology: an exploration of parents’ information and communication needs available online
  • The Moral Life of Professionals in Newborn Screening in the Netherlands: A Qualitative Study available online
  • Understanding the Psychosocial Effects of WES Test Results on Parents of Children with Rare Diseases available online



  • Maintaining trust in newborn screening: compliance and informed consent in the Netherlands available online
  • Responsible healthcare innovation: anticipatory governance of nanodiagnostics for theranostics medicine available online



  • Burg, Simone van der. 2008. Bookreview about Mark Coeckelbergh, Imagination and principles: an essay on the role of imagination in moral reasoning. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 100 (3):251-253.
  • Burg, Simone van der. 2008. Imagining the Future of Photoacoustic Mammography. Science and Engineering Ethics. click to open pdf


  • Burg, Simone van der. 2007. In kritisch gezelschap. Amsterdam: Free University. available online


  • van der Burg, Simone & van Gorp, Anke. 2005. Understanding moral responsibility in the design of trailers. Science and Engineering Ethics. 11(2) 235-256. click to open pdf
  • van der Burg, Simone, and I.R. van de Poel. 2005. Teaching Ethics and Technology with Agora, an Electronic Tool. Science and Engineering Ethics 11 (2):277-297. click to open pdf


  • Burg, Simone van der. 2000. Bookreview about Tonja van den Ende, In levende lijven. Tijdschrift voor Humanistiek (2):89-90.
  • Burg, Simone van der. 2000. Internalisme in de gesitueerde ethiek. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 92 (3):209-217.


  • Burg, Simone van der. 1999. Bookreview about Th. Schuyt and M. Steketee (eds.), Zorgethiek: ruimte binnen regels. Praktische Humanistiek (2):156-158.
  • Burg, Simone van der. 1999. Emoties zijn gevoelige gedachten. Interview met Martha Nussbaum over menselijke eigenschappen. Filosofie Magazine (3). available online

Professional/Popular publications (selection)


  • Burg, Simone van der. 2007. De moed om censuur aan de orde te stellen. De redactie
  • van der Burg, S. 2007. Emoties en Kwetsbaarheid; een Inleiding in de Emotietheorie van Martha Nussbaum. In Van Stoicijnse Apatheia tot Heftige Liefde, edited by M. v. Rijen. Rotterdam: Klement / Pelckmans. available online
  • van der Burg, S. 2007. Leren kijken naar het Lijden. Filosofie Magazine 5:56-58.
  • van der Burg, S. 2007. Wees niet Bang voor Bevoogding. Filosofie Magazine 4:44-49.
  • van der Burg, S. 2007. Zijn er Waarden in de Wereld? Wijsgerig Perspectief op Maatschappij en Wetenschap 3 (47):4-12.


  • van der Burg, S. , and C. Bromme, eds. 2006. Walhalla: Is Er Nog Plek Voor Idealen? Amsterdam/Eindhoven: International Theatre & Film Books.
  • van der Burg, S. . 2006. Een Ethiek van Kleine Idealen. In Walhalla: Is er nog Plek voor Idealen?, edited by S. van der Burg and C. Bromme. Amsterdam/Eindhoven: International Theatre & Film Books.


  • Burg, Simone van der. 2005. Emotieloze politiek is onaanvaardbaar, Interview met Martha Nussbaum. Bres.


  • Burg, Simone van der, and Christian Illies. 2004. VS geven zelf argumenten tegen oorlog. Trouw.


  • Burg, Simone van der. 2003. Identiteit is niet belangrijk. NRC Handelsblad.


  • Burg, Simone van der. 1999. Over de grens van het eigenbelang. Essay over de kleine ethiek van Paul Ricoeur. Filosofie Magazine (6).