Zoë Robaey is Assistant Professor in Ethics of Technology at the Philosophy Group of Wageningen University. Her work investigates moral responsibility under conditions of uncertainty in the field of biotechnology in agriculture. In 2019, she received a VENI grant from the Dutch Research Organization for her research on the virtues for innovation in practice. In this work, she combines conceptual and empirical investigations to develop a notion of responsibility under uncertainty that builds on the practices of both scientists and farmers.
Prior to joining Wageningen University, Zoë Robaey was postdoctoral researcher at the Biotechnology and Society Group at Delft University of Technology, working on the project Inclusive Biobased Innovations with Lotte Asveld (2017-2019). She also worked as a researcher on synthetic biology at the Rathenau Institute on the SYNENERGENE project (2016-2017). She defended her PhD thesis titled ‘Seeding Moral Responsibility in Ownership: How to Deal with Uncertain Risks of GMOs’ in January 2017 at Delft University of Technology. Her thesis was part of Ibo van de Poel’s VICI project ‘New Technologies as Social Experiments: Conditions for Morally Responsible Experimentation‘. Before becoming an ethicist, Zoë Robaey has had a multi-disciplinary training in Biology (2007), STS (2008), and Public Policy (2011).
As an academic engaged in debates on the future of agriculture, Zoë Robaey often participates and presents at public events such as at Pakhuis de Zwijger, or de Balie, on the use of genetically modified organisms. In 2019, she was one of top 5 nominees for the price Wetenschapstalent organized by the New Scientist. In 2017, she was featured as one of the Young Philosophers to present her work for a broad audience at Brainwash Festival.