My research focuses on the philosophy of human-technology relations. How to understand the relations between human beings and technologies? What are the social and cultural implications of these relations? How can we take them into account in the ethics of technology, and in design and innovation? A central line of research concerns the development of a theory of technological mediation, that conceptualizes how technologies help to shape our knowledge and understanding of the world, our ethical frameworks, and existential and religious concerns. A second line of research concerns the normative evaluation of these implications of technology, and the connection to practices of design and innovation. The research is embedded in the Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente, and in the PhilosophyLab at the Twente DesignLab.

Current research projects (funded):

  • Toward a Theory of Technological Mediation.
    NWO-VICI funded project on the mediating role of technology in knowledge, ethics, and metaphysics. Researchers: Peter-Paul Verbeek (PI), Bas de Boer (PhD candidate), Jonne Hoek (PhD candidate), Olya Kudina (PhD candidate), Nicola Liberati (postdoc), 1 postdoc vacancy.
  • Thinking Space: an interdisciplinary approach to the spatial dimension of Ambient Intelligence.
    Austrian Academy of Science funded project. Researchers: Julia Grillmayr, Louise Horvath, Tanja Traxler (PhD candidates).
  • BRIdging Data in the built Environment (BRIDE)
    Dr. M. Nagenborg (UT), P.P.C.C. Verbeek (UT), Prof. dr. G.W. Kortuem (TUD),
    Prof. dr. mr. ir. N. Doorn (TUD) and N. Meratnia (UT)
    In the BRIDE-project, a team of philosophers, designers and computer scientists investigates how a 3D bridge can enhance citizens’ experience of “cityness”. The bridge, which is equipped with sensors, can respond to citizens’ interaction with the bridge. This will allow for the creation of new forms of smart urban space. Consortiumpartners: MX3D, Foundation for Responsible Robotics and Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions
  • Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities M.C. van der Voort (UT), Dr. M.L. de Lange (UU) and P.P. C.C. Verbeek (UT)
    As Amersfoort Municipality is building a new Internet of Things infrastructure, this consortium of public-private partners wants to develop a government-citizen-academic-industry collaboration platform that allows a wide range of stakeholders in a series of co-design sessions to discuss ethical, juridical, and social controversies, and foster broader support. Consortiumpartners: Gemeente Amersfoort, Marxman Advocaten, Aerovision, Kennislab voor Urbanisme and Design Innovation Groep

Current PhD projects:

  • Melis Baş: Hannah Arendt and political philosophy of technology (with Ciano Aydin)
  • Jan Bats: The influence of technology on morality in online environments (with Ryanne Valkenburg)
  • Bas de Boer: The mediating role of technology in scientific knowledge (with Hedwig te Molder)
  • Yvonne Dröge Wendel: The relational and performative abilities of things (artistic research; with Sher Doruff)
  • Jonne Hoek: Technological mediation and transcendence (with Ciano Aydin)
  • Ching Hung: The ethics and politics of behevior-influencing technology (with Michael Nagenborg)
  • Olya Kudina: Technological mediation and the ethics of technology (with Michael Nagenborg)
  • Theo Wobbes: Human enhancement and Plessner’s philosophical anthropology (with Ciano Aydin)
  • Niek Zuidhof: Wearable technologies: theorizing acceptance and mediation (with Somaya Ben Allouch)

External PhD projects (co-supervision):

  • Margoth Gonzalez Woge (University of the Basque Country): Environmental technologies: Material Engagement Theory and Postphenomenology
  • Sabrina Hauser (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver): Interaction Design, Postphenomenology, and Mediation Theory
  • Liesbeth Stam (KU Leuven): Architectural Design: Postphenomenology and the Built Environment
  • Lianne Toussaint (Radboud University Nijmegen): Technology and Fashion: New Materialism, Phenomenology, and Human-Technology Relations

Past research projects (funded):

  • Responsible design of drones and drone services.
    NWO-MVI (Responsible Innovation) funded project to develop an ethical and legal tool for the responsible design and use of drones and drone services. Researchers: Lesley Broos (UT), Michiel Heldeweg (UT), Irna van der Molen (UT), Peter-Paul Verbeek (UT), two postdoc researchers (vacant)
  • The Relational and Performative Abilities of Things (finished 2016)
    NWO-Artistic Research funded project about the role of objects in human existence. Funded by NWO: PhD in the Fine Arts. Researcher: Yvonne Dröge Wendel, PhD candidate.
  • Technology and the Limits of Humanity (finished 2013).
    An inquiry into the anthropological and ethical aspects of technologies that affect the human being, like brain implants, pre implantation diagnistics, prostheses, and psychofarmaca. Which new relations between humans and technologies arise here, which ethical questions are connected to them, and which role can the philosophy of technology play here? (NWO-VIDI project). Investigators: Lucie Dalibert (PhD candidate), Theo Wobbes (PhD candidate), Peter-Paul Verbeek (researcher, supervisor/promotor)
  • Telecare at Home (finished 2013).
    Research project about telecare and its implications for the practices and experiences of patients and healthcare professionals. Part of the interdisciplinary research project Telecare at Home, directed by Nelly Oudshoorn, funded by NWO: Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Innoveren (Socially Responsible Innovation). Researchers: Asle Kiran (postdoc), Peter-Paul Verbeek (researcher)
  • Theory and Ethics of Behavior-Influencing Technology (finished 2012).
    An investigation of behavior-influencing technology and its ethical aspects. Funded by IOP-IPCR (Innovative Research Projects – Integral Product Creation and Realisation). Part of the 3TU project Design for Usability. Researchers: Steven Dorrestijn (PhD candidate), Peter-Paul Verbeek (researcher).
  • Technology and the Matter of Morality (finished 2008).
    NWO-VENI project on the moral significance of technology and its implications for ethical theory, practical ethics, and technology development. Researcher: Peter-Paul Verbeek

Past PhD projects:

  • Asle Kiran (Trondheim University, Norway): The Primacy of Action – Technological Co-Constitution of Practical Space (external supervisor, with Dan Zahavi, 2009)
  • Katinka Waelbers (University of Twente): Doing Good with Technologies: Taking Responsibility for the Social Role of Emerging Technologies (with Tsjalling Swierstra, 2010)
  • Wouter Mensink (Leiden University): Subject of innovation, or: how to redevelop “the patient” with technology (external supervisor, with Bernhard Katzy, 2011)
  • Steven Dorrestijn (University of Twente): The Design of our own Lives: Technical Mediation and Subjectivation after Foucault (with Hans Achterhuis, 2012)
  • Nynke Tromp (TU Delft): Social Design. How products and services can help us act in ways that benefit society (external supervisor, with Paul Hekkert, 2013)
  • Jantine Bouma (University of Twente): Managing Social Impact in Design (with Wim Poelman, 2013).
  • Lucie Dalibert (University of Twente): Posthumanism and somatechnologies: exploring the intimate relations between humans and technologies (with Ciano Aydin, 2014).