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Nicole Huijts is a researcher in the domains of risk perception, environmental psychology and human-technology interaction. The focus of her research is on the public acceptance and adoption of new technologies in the domains of energy, ICT and transport. Nicole has extensive experience with multi-disciplinary research and education, particularly bringing together the fields of psychology, engineering and ethics.

Her work currently consists of four main research lines:
1. emotions towards new technologies and risks
2. perceived/experienced privacy and security risks of smarthome IoT
3. perceived fairness in the energy transition
4. interrelated effects of psychological, socio-demographic and spatial variables on technology acceptance

Nicole also developed the often-cited Technology Acceptance Framework.

Past and current projects: Moral Emotions and Risk Politics, Developing Socially Responsible Innovations: The role of Values and Moral Emotions, and Emotion Psychology Meets Cyber-security. Nicole is also a member of the board of the Benelux Chapter of the Society for Risk Analysis-Europe and participates in the Fair Energy Transition Consortium.

Nicole has an MSc degree with honorable mention in Technology and Society from the Eindhoven University of Technology, and a PhD degree from the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology. She has also been a four months exchange student at the department of Engineering and Public Policy of Carnegie Mellon University and a one year scholar at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious studies of the Radboud University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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