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Research and consultancy

Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics can be widely deployed in society. The staff at the Ethics Institute can consult on numerous issues and projects in order to clarify structure, assumptions and relevant values. Read more about our academic research projects.

Ethicists of Utrecht University have worked on research and consultancy projects for a range of commissioning parties ranging from the Netherlands Forensic Institute to the Rathenau Institute and various GGD municipal health service institutions to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The researchers in the Ethics Institute participate in numerous advisory committees, consultative groups, think tanks and ethical committees, for example:

Training the ethicists of the future

Staff at the Ethics Institute are also involved in educating professionals in ethics and practical philosophy. In the past, tailor-made courses have been developed for the Netherlands Forensic Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture. Anyone who calls on the Institute for refreshing courses or in-service training will find an experienced team that develops tailor-made courses. For further information, please contact Jeannette Boere.

In the media

Utrecht philosophers regularly contribute to and give interviews to national and regional newspapers in the Netherlands (including Trouw, NRC Handelsblad, de Volkskrant, Nederlands Dagblad, Financieel Dagblad, Parool), magazines and journals (including de Groene Amsterdammer, Filosofie en Praktijk, Filosofie Magazine, Volzin), TV and radio programmes (including Buitenhof, Het Filosofisch Kwintet, Kunststof), blogs (including Bij Nader Inzien, Sociale Vraagstukken, Crooked Timber) and columns.

Other projects in cooperation with external organisations

Ecological Justice

Environmental policy is increasingly linked to other areas of policy, such as urban planning, economics and social issues. This raises the question of the extent to which ecological justice is part of social policy in general. Commissioned by the German Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt), the Ethics Institute (Prof. Marcus Düwell and Dr Jos Philips) has collaborated on an extensive report, together with political scientists and economists.

Ethics of geo-engineering

The climate is changing faster than expected, and some doubt has emerged whether we will succeed in adapting our behaviour in time. This is why researchers are working on geo-engineering, which consists of making technological adaptations to the climate. Commissioned by the Rathenau Institute, the Ethics Institute (Prof. Marcus Düwell) has contributed to the writing of a major study on the ethical aspects of geo-engineering.


Ethics in childcare

On behalf of the Ethics Institute, Dr Mariëtte van den Hoven coordinated a project about professional ethical reflection in childcare commissioned by the partners involved in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO). In a pilot training course and study, an evaluation is being conducted of how employees and managers in the childcare sector can learn to reflect on day-to-day ethical issues.