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Zoë Robaey
Delft University of Technology
Environmental resource managementMoral responsibilitySociologySocial experimentSocioeconomics
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#1Dirk StemerdingH-Index: 9
#2Wieke BettenH-Index: 1
Last. Frank KupperH-Index: 7
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Abstract As partners in a European project for responsible research and innovation (RRI) in synthetic biology, we organized a collaborative and interactive process of real-time technology assessment. This process consisted of two related activities complementing each other as different modes of future making, one focussing on technological options, the other on societal objectives. For the first type of activity, we established a three-year collaboration with the annual international Genetically...
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#1Zoë Robaey (TU Delft: Delft University of Technology)H-Index: 4
#2Shannon L. Spruit (TU Delft: Delft University of Technology)H-Index: 4
Last. Ibo van de Poel (TU Delft: Delft University of Technology)H-Index: 23
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The Safe-by-Design approach in synthetic biology holds the promise of designing the building blocks of life in an organism guided by the value of safety. This paves a new way for using biotechnologies safely. However, the Safe-by-Design approach moves the bulk of the responsibility for safety to the actors in the research and development phase. Also, it assumes that safety can be defined and understood by all stakeholders in the same way. These assumptions are problematic and might actually unde...
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#1Zoë RobaeyH-Index: 4
#1Ibo van de Poel (TU Delft: Delft University of Technology)H-Index: 23
#2Zoë Robaey (TU Delft: Delft University of Technology)H-Index: 4
Safe-by-design (SbD) aims at addressing safety issues already during the RD it also misses out on the resources that users (and others) can bring for achieving safety, and it is undemocratic. We argue that rather than directly designing for safety, it is better to design for the responsibility for safety, i.e., designers should think where the responsibility for safety is best situated and design technologies accordingly. We propose some heuristics that can be used in deciding how to share and d...
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#1Zoë Robaey (TU Delft: Delft University of Technology)H-Index: 4
The use of genetically modified organisms in agriculture makes great promises of better seeds, but also raises many controversies about ownership of seeds and about potential hazards. I suggest that owners of these seeds bear the responsibility to do no harm in using these seeds. After defining the nature of this responsibility, this paper asks, if ownership entails moral responsibility, and ownership can be transferred, then how is moral responsibility transferred? Building on the literature on...
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#1Cristian Timmermann (UNAM: National Autonomous University of Mexico)H-Index: 6
#2Zoë Robaey (TU Delft: Delft University of Technology)H-Index: 4
Having an adequate and extensively recognized resource governance system is essential for the conservation and sustainable use of crop genetic resources in a highly populated planet. Despite the widely accepted importance of agrobiodiversity for future plant breeding and thus food security, there is still pervasive disagreement at the individual level on who should own genetic resources. The aim of the article is to provide conceptual clarification on the following concepts and their relation to...
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#1Neelke Doorn (TU Delft: Delft University of Technology)H-Index: 13
#2Shannon L. Spruit (TU Delft: Delft University of Technology)H-Index: 4
Last. Zoë Robaey (TU Delft: Delft University of Technology)H-Index: 4
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Technology has always been a vital component of human development, most often aimed at the advancement of human well-being. However, the introduction of new technologies may also introduce harmful consequences. Indeed, we often do not know beforehand the full spectrum of potential impacts and hazards that these new technologies may bring about. Conventional approaches to risk governance are not directly applicable to these fields due to high levels of uncertainty and ignorance. The inadequacies ...
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#1Zoë Robaey (TU Delft: Delft University of Technology)H-Index: 4
Genetically modified organisms are a technology now used with increasing frequency in agriculture. Genetically modified seeds have the special characteristic of being living artefacts that can reproduce and spread; thus it is difficult to control where they end up. In addition, genetically modified seeds may also bring about uncertainties for environmental and human health. Where they will go and what effect they will have is therefore very hard to predict: this creates a puzzle for regulators. ...
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