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Lotte Asveld

Delft University of Technology
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Lotte Asveld studies the societal aspects of biotechnological innovations. Her main research interests concern responsible innovation in the field of biotechnology and synthetic biology: how can the moral, technical and institutional uncertainties around promising new technologies be addressed societally? How can societal concerns and values be integrated into biotechnological innovation trajectories? What are the responsibilities of various actors involved in these trajectories? In her teaching, Lotte discusses these questions with LST students.

Previously Lotte worked as a postdoc researcher in the department of Philosophy at TUD and as a researcher at the Rathenau Institute for technology assessment, focusing on the bioeconomy, and as a freelance researcher in China.

In 2008 Lotte finished her PhD, at the same philosophy department. Her dissertation considered respect for personal autonomy in relation to technological risks. After this she worked at the Rathenau Institute in The Hague between 2007 and 2012, focusing on sustainability in relation to resource use and the bio-economy. She spent a year in Beijing (2012 -2013), organising research workshops for the Rathenau Institute with Chinese and European participants, and started a new research project for the department of Biotechnology & Society of Delft University, on Responsible Innovation in the bio-economy. This project was finished in spring 2014.