• 88 Citations
20072021

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Ethics of technology is not only about avoiding “bad” outcomes. We should also focus on the positive: how to innovate technologies that contribute to the good life and enhance social values?

Research profile

Andreas Spahn is an assistant professor with the Philosophy& Ethics research group at the department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences. His research focusses on ethics of technology, particularly ethics of energy technologies. He has worked and published on ethics of behavior change technologies and persuasive technologies, ethics of energy systems, and environmental ethics.  

The transition towards sustainability requires both technological innovations and a change of user behavior. How can we design technologies in a way that they meet our social values, such as sustainability and well-being? How can we persuade users to change their behavior? What are the ethical limits to technological persuasion? 

Academic background

Andreas Spahn studied at the University of Essen (Germany) and at the University of Notre-Dame (Indiana, USA)In 2007, after obtaining his doctorate at the Ruhr-Universität-Bochum (Germany), Dr. Spahn moved to Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, the Netherlands), where he was appointed as assistant professor with the Philosophy& Ethics research group at the department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences. He is the author of many articles and book chapters on ethics of technology, ethics of behavior change and environmental ethics.  

He has contributed to numerous research projects on persuasive technologies (NWO 2009-2013; NWO 2013-2014), energy technologies (NWO 2011-2015; 2014-current), and questions of co-creation in energy technologies (EU Horizon 2020, 2018-current). The Horizon 2020 project SCALINGS investigates the role that moral values play in co-creation processes of urban energy technologies. Dr. Spahn was member of the management team of 4TU.Ethics (2014-2017) is currently chairing the taskforce sustainability of 4TU.Ethics 

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    Design for the values of democracy and justice

    Pols, A. J. K. & Spahn, A., 2015, Handbook of Ethics, Values and Technology Design. Hoven, van den, J., Vermaas, P. & Poel, van de, I. (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer, p. 335-363 29 p.

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    Why and how should we represent future generations in policymaking?

    Beyleveld, D., Düwell, M. & Spahn, A., 2015, In : Jurisprudence. 6, 3, p. 549-566

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
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    Can technology make us happy? : ethics, spectator's happiness and the value of achievement

    Spahn, A., 2015, Well-being in contemporary society. Søraker, J. H., Rijt, van der, J-W., Boer, de, J., Wong, P-H. & Breij, P. (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer, p. 93-113 21 p. (Happiness Studies Book Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

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    And lead us (not) into persuasion…? : persuasive technology and the ethics of communication

    Spahn, A., 2012, In : Science and Engineering Ethics. 18, 4, p. 633-650

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  • 44 Citations (Scopus)
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    Prizes

    Best Teacher Award

    Andreas Spahn (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

  • Best Teacher Award

    Andreas Spahn (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

  • Best Teacher Award

    Andreas Spahn (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

  • Best Teacher Award

    Andreas Spahn (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

  • Activities

    Technikgeschichte (Journal)

    Martina Hessler (Guest editor), B Hitzer (Guest editor), Karena Kalmbach (Guest editor), A Schmidt (Guest editor), Andreas Spahn (Guest editor)
    2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    The Multifaceted Relationship between Fear and Technology,

    K. Kalmbach (Organiser), Andreas Spahn (Organiser)
    10 Oct 201812 Oct 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Ethical Challenges Raised by Behaviour Change Technologies

    Lily Frank (Speaker), A. Spahn (Speaker), Joel Anderson (Speaker)
    21 Feb 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    4TU Ethics (External organisation)

    Andreas Spahn (Member)
    2018 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    Western Individualism and Global Energy Ethics

    Andreas Spahn (Speaker)
    4 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Press / Media

    Man en kar: zuinig sturen

    Andreas Spahn

    6/06/12

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    Assessing the socio-technical barriers of the Citroën c-zero and the role of ethical concerns that hamper the adoption in Dutch business fleets

    Author: Marell, S., 31 Jul 2014

    Supervisor: Spahn, A. (Supervisor 1) & Raven, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Privacy : constitutional rights and the internet of things: a technical, legal and ethical perspective

    Author: Baar, R., 30 Sep 2013

    Supervisor: Smits, J. (Supervisor 1) & Spahn, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    The ethics of the European emissions trading system: determining the value of our climate

    Author: de Bruin, P., 31 Dec 2014

    Supervisor: Spahn, A. (Supervisor 1) & Romijn, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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