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Professor Neelke Doorn is distinguished Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor ‘Ethics of Water Engineering’ at the Department Values, Technology and Innovation and Director of Education of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. Neelke holds master's degrees in Civil Engineering (TU Delft 1997, cum laude), Philosophy (Leiden 2005, cum laude), and Law (Open University 2016, cum laude). In May 2011, she obtained her PhD degree from the TU Delft for her thesis on Moral Responsibility in R&D Networks. 

Academic background

In 2013, professor Doorn received a personal NWO-Veni grant for her project 'The ethics of flood risk management'. In 2019, she received a personal NWO-Vidi grant for her project 'Responsibility arrangements in resilience policy for climate adaptation'. Professor Doorn is research fellow in the 10-year Gravitation project 'Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies'. In the past years, she also received multiple grants within the NWO Responsible Innovation scheme. Professor Doorn is author of Water Ethics: An Introduction published with Rowman & Littlefield in 2019, and, together with Diane Michelfelder, co-editor of The Routledge Handbook for the Philosophy of Engineering

Research interests

Professor Doorn's work centres around moral questions in water engineering and policy, and climate change more generally, for which she combines philosophical approaches with empirical investigations and modelling techniques.

Profiel informatie (NL)

Professor Neelke Doorn is Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hoogleraar 'Ethiek van watertechnologie en waterbeleid' bij de afdeling Values, Technology and Innovation en Directeur Onderwijs van de Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management. Professor Doorn is afgestudeerd in Civiele Techniek (TU Delft 1997, cum laude), Filosofie (Leiden 2005, cum laude) en Rechten (Open Universiteit 2016, cum laude). In mei 2011 promoveerde ze aan de TU Delft op het proefschrift Moral Responsibility in R&D Networks.

Academische achtergrond (NL)

In 2013 ontving professor Doorn een prestigieuze persoonlijke Veni-subsidie ​​van NWO voor haar project 'The ethics of flood risk management’. In 2019 ontving ze een Vidi-subsidie ​​van NWO voor haar project 'Responsibility arrangements in resilience policy for climate adaptation'. Professor Doorn is research fellow in het tienjarige Zwaartekracht project 'Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies'. De afgelopen jaren ontving ze ook meerdere subsidies binnen het NWO-programma Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Innoveren. Professor Doorn is auteur van het boek Water Ethics: An Introduction, in 2019 gepubliceerd door Rowman & Littlefield, en samen met Diane Michelfelder redacteur van The Routledge Handbook for the Philosophy of Engineering

Onderzoeksinteresses (NL)

Het werk van professor Doorn richt zich op morele vragen in het waterdomein en rondom klimaatverandering. Zij combineert hiertoe filosofische onderzoek met empirische methoden en modellering. 

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • BJ Ethics
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • L Education (General)
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • K Law (General)


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