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Wise Choices and Smart Savings: Effectiveness and Acceptability of Persuasive Technology for Household Energy Saving (MORALPT)


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One third of all energy consumption takes place within the build environment, and reducing that consumption is crucial for a sustainable society. However, technological innovations alone are not enough: people also have to change their energy consumption behavior. Persuasive Technology (PT) can motivate people to realize sustainable energy consumption by using less household energy....

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Stone, T.W. (Taylor)


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Taylor is a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in ethics of technology. He received a PhD in Ethics of Technology from TU Delft in 2019, and was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Industrial Design. Prior to joining TU Delft, Taylor received a BA from the University of Toronto in architectural design, a...

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Hung, C. (Ching)


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What is the position and status of technology when it goes into the realm of politics between nature and society? With the concern of environmental sustainability, I has completed a master’s thesis on green architecture and appropriate technology and earned a master’s degree in STS (science and technology studies). Besides this major background, I...

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Hunka, A.D. (Agnieszka)


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Agnieszka supported the Centre as a Coordinator (Assistant Director) at the University of Twente. She is currently collaborating with the Task Force Energy and Sustainability Before coming to Twente she worked in multidisciplinary teams together with water managers, civil engineers, policy scientists, biologists and ecotoxicologists in three different countries: Poland (2004-2007), the Netherlands (2004-2009),...

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Multinational nuclear waste repositories: ethics and acceptability


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The safe disposal of nuclear waste is a challenge to humanity. While nuclear waste disposal was previously a national responsibility, countries are now considering multinational repositories. This raises new and intricate ethical issues. Like for many other major technological projects, a gap exists between assessing acceptance and acceptability. Public acceptance studies fail to include...

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The ethics of flood risk management: Reconciling equity and efficiency in flood risk management


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The number and impact of catastrophic floods have increased significantly in the last decade, endangering both human lives and the environment. With on-going climate change, the risk of flooding is likely to increase even further. This prompts the urgent question: how to use the limited resources available for flood risk management in an equitable...

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Hillerbrand, R. (Rafaela)


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Academic Vita Since November 2012, Rafaela works as an associate professor in the field of philosophy of engineering and philosophy of science at the TU Delft. Her research is at the interface between engineering/science and philosophy, focusing on various aspects of ethics of technology (with a particular focus on the various aspects of energy...

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Ethical dilemmas of nuclear power production and nuclear waste management


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When we produce nuclear power we are depleting a non-renewable resource (uranium) that will eventually not be available to future generations. Furthermore the ensuing nuclear waste needs to be isolated from the biosphere for long periods of time to come. This gives rise to the problem of justice to posterity or intergenerational justice. Different...

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Integrating social and ethical reflection in nanobiotechnological practice


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Nanobiotechnology is an upcoming field of technology, which gives raises to various social and ethical issues. However, many nanobiotechnologists lack the framework and tools to take responsibility and communicate their ethical considerations. The goal of this PhD project is to establish a framework and tools to broaden nanobiotechnological development by taking into account social...

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Brey, P.A.E. (Philip)


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Background Philip Brey (PhD, University of California, San Diego, 1995) is professor of philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, the Netherlands. He was scientific director of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology 2013-2017. He is also president of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT), and former...

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