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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 

Projects 2009 2021

Scaling up Co-creation: Avenues and Limits for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation

Bombaerts, G., Bombaerts, G., van der Avoird, M., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Tsui, S., Astola, M., Laes, E., Wieczorek, A., Spahn, A., Benckhuijsen - Mertens, P., Reymen, I. & Royakkers, L.

1/05/1831/07/21

Project: Research direct

Impuls projects between TU Eindhoven, RWS, and PON

Oldenziel, R., Oldenziel, R., Dekker, H., Petzer, B., Bek, P., Sun, Q., Jeekel, H., Verbong, G., Veraart, F., Wieczorek, A., Spahn, A., Kalmbach, K., Jansen, R., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Benckhuijsen - Mertens, P. & Vereggen - Tielemans, T.

16/12/1531/12/20

Project: Research direct

Developing and Implementing Smart Grids in India

Spahn, A., Höffken, J., Kumar, A., Gerrits, E., Jansen, R., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Pols, A.

1/05/1531/01/20

Project: Research direct

Persuasive technology allocation of control, and social values

Zaitouni, R., Spahn, A., Sartorius - ter Haar, M., Dohmen, R., Dohmen, R. & Smids, J.

1/10/0931/10/14

Project: Research direct

Research Output 2007 2018

2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
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individualism
first generation
Planets
human rights
ethics
3 Citations (Scopus)

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.

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

justice
democracy
Values
theory of democracy
energy technology
8 Citations (Scopus)

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

human rights
uncertainty
human being
present

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

Spectator
Happiness
Moral Point of View
Person
Moral Values
41 Citations (Scopus)

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Persuasive Communication
persuasion
Ethics
Communication
moral philosophy

Prizes

Best Teacher Award

Andreas Spahn (Recipient), 2012

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

innovation
teacher
science

Best Teacher Award

Andreas Spahn (Recipient), 2008

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

teacher

Best Teacher Award

Andreas Spahn (Recipient), 2016

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

bachelor
teacher

Best Teacher Award

Andreas Spahn (Recipient), 2007

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

bachelor
teacher

Activities 2005 2018

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

University of Notre Dame

Andreas Spahn (Visiting researcher)
Jun 2017Jul 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

Courses

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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