New technologies like wind mills and e-vehicles require turning our electricity networks into ‘smart grids’. Examples of values relevant for a successful and responsible transition to smart grids are privacy and reliability.
Responsible innovation requires pro-actively assessing and carefully evaluating all relevant values. Controversies arise from value conflicts between stakeholders. This project develops a method to link formal assessment tools - such as cost-benefit analysis - to informal assessment as found in societal debates. In this way all relevant values can be taken into account.
This research is aimed at socio-technical designs and business models that facilitate the development of smart urban energy systems, for example in the city of Amsterdam.
Because of the many issues surrounding natural gas, which is currently used to heat buildings, new heating systems will have to be designed to sustainably heat buildings in the future. This project will establish guidelines for the design of socially responsible, sustainable heating systems that can count on broad public support.
How can we include citizens’ ethical considerations in real-world economic policy analysis of sustainable energy policies? This project develops a new assessment tool that aims to do exactly this.
Shale gas extraction is controversial because its supporters and opponents disagree when it comes to standards and design criteria. More attention should be paid to this in discourse and policy.
Responsible innovation in offshore wind energy requires taking moral values into account in the design phase. As a first step towards such ‘value sensitive design’ this short project developed a theoretical framework to identify relevant moral values and possible value conflicts. This framework invites reflection on both technological and institutional design. It distinguishes between three perspectives on acceptability. Previous problems with the acceptance of wind parks made industrial partners eager to join the project.
Biofuels were once introduced as a sustainable energy source, but became heavily criticised for their negative effects on the global poor and their food security.
This project will deliver a ‘governance roadmap’ towards various types of community-based local sustainable energy systems, plus insight in stakeholder positions, opportunities and limitations.
Strong growth is taking place in the production of renewable energy. Changes made now to the electricity market can ensure that the transition to a sustainable energy society continues in a responsible manner.
Which institutional and administrative changes are necessary in the gas industry to achieve a responsible energy system? Which factors determine the level of public support for solutions in the gas industry that contribute to a sustainable energy transition?
Individual, public and commercial interests with respect to 'Big Data' sometimes conflict. How to strike a balance? This project develops a regulatory and institutional framework.
The rapid development of smartphone technology creates great opportunities for supporting a healthier lifestyle. This project develops ways through which users can trust health support systems and are willing to use them without this affecting their intrinsic motivation to lead a healthy lifestyle.
New digital technologies provide social and economic opportunities for the logistics of accommodating refugees. The researchers are developing an expert system to optimise the logistics process in a socially responsible manner, taking into account the ethical and social aspects and the interests of all stakeholders.
Successfully developing and implementing smart grids in rural India requires paying careful attention to socio-ethical factors.
Citizens are organising themselves to take over tasks from government and industry in an increasing number of sectors. Crowd-based initiatives must be organised properly for these innovations to be socially responsible.
New Technology Based Firms (NTBFs) may help to address climate change. This project investigates opportunities and threats for NTBFs and develops a tool to identify relevant socio-ethical factors.
‘Persuasive technology’ in people’s home might lead to reducing energy consumption. Essential for success is the integration of sound technology, effective persuasive principles and attention to ethical values.
People often respond emotionally to proposed sustainable innovations, for example when resisting the siting of windmills. This project develops an approach to take such emotions constructively into account in order to develop responsible innovations.
Flames spewing from the kitchen tap, injection needles in our food. Some of the images traveling across the internet and social media can be frightening. We have to take them seriously and develop creative and informative new images together with supporters and opponents.
If we are to achieve a bio-based economy, various parties in the food production chain need to work together on innovation. This project describes what needs to be done to achieve this.
For such a sweeping transition as a bio-based economy to be realised, connections need to be established and partnerships created. In this project, recommendations are made to help achieve this.