dr. V (Vincent) Blok

dr. V (Vincent) Blok

Associate Professor in Philosophy of Technology and Responsible Innovation

Dr. Vincent Blok MBA is Associate Professor in philosophy of technology and responsible innovation at the Philosophy Chair Group, Wageningen University. From 2002 to 2006, Blok held various management functions in the health care sector. In 2006, he became director of the Louis Bolk Institute, an international research institute in the field of organic and sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health care. In 2005 he received his PhD degree in philosophy at Leiden University with a specialization in philosophy of technology.

Together with 6 PhD’s and 4 Post-doc's, Blok is involved in several (European) research projects in the field of philosophy of technology, biobased & circular economy and responsible innovation. He coordinates the nature research line of the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies (ESDIT) program. 

His books include Ernst Jünger’s Philosophy of Technology. Heidegger and the Poetics of the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2017), Heidegger’s Concept of philosophical Method (Routledge, 2019), The Critique of Management. Toward a Philosophy and Ethics of Business Management (Routledge, 2022) and Van wereld naar aarde. Filosofische ecology van een bedreigde planeet (Boom, 2022). Blok published over hundred articles in high ranked philosophy journals like Environmental Values, Business Ethics Quarterly, Synthese and Philosophy & Technology, and in multi-disciplinary journals like Science, Journal of Cleaner Production, Public understanding of Science and Journal of Responsible Innovation. See www.vincentblok.nl for more information about his current research.

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- MSc. Philosophy and Ethics of Management, Economics and Consumer Behavior

- MSc. Data Science Ethics

- MSc. Introduction in Philosophy

- PhD. Philosophy of Responsible Innovation



showcase project 1:

NWO research project: Motivations, drivers and barriers for responsible innovation in the Dutch food sector: the influence of a healthy food logo on the innovation agenda for healthy food.

One of the grand challenges of our time can be found in lifestyle related diseases like obesity, heart diseases and Diabetes type 2. Over the years, the food industry increasingly acknowledged their role in the prevention and mitigation of these diseases. In this multidisciplinary project, researchers will collaborate with representatives of a healthy food logo and food companies in the Netherlands in order to identify the motivation of companies to innovate responsibly and to identify and evaluate socio-ethical and economic drivers and barriers to invest and participate in innovations for healthy food. PhD 1 will study the motivations, socio-ethical and economic drivers and barriers of responsible innovation on the food company level, and the role of healthy food logos as a driver for companies to invest in innovations for healthy food. PhD 2 will study the innovation cycle of specific food products on the food product level in order to identify the motivations, drivers and barriers behind particular product improvements. By analysing the innovation cycle of particular food products, we are able to analyse the influence of criteria of healthy food logos on actual product innovations as well as the dynamics behind actual product innovations due to influencing factors. These empirical studies are accompanied by a normative analysis of the idea of industrial responsible innovation to promote public health. We focus on what conception of responsibility for food companies is reasonable, given that many different stakeholders have responsibility (not in the least the consumer themselves) for preventing food-related lifestyle diseases.

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showcase project 2 

NWO research project: Responsible Innovation Practices of Sustainable Entrepreneurs in Making the Transition towards Sustainable Agricultural, Water and Energy Systems

Climate change requires new green technologies and transitions in socio-technical systems. A key leverage points for this transition is found in sustainable entrepreneurs, who establish New Technology Based Firms (NTBF’s) providing innovative solutions. Sustainable innovations are developed and diffused into society through sustainable entrepreneurship. The sustainable innovations provided by NTBFs can be considered responsible innovations (RI) since they address a so-called ‘grand challenges’ of our time, namely climate change.


In this interdisciplinary project, researchers in science and technology studies, sustainable entrepreneurship, life sciences and smart-tech, collaborate with Climate-KIC BV., Europe’s largest innovation partnership, who invests in climate-smart innovations and start-ups. The research will investigate how RI processes can provide opportunities for sustainable entrepreneurs in NTBFs, the influence of technological innovation systems, and if NTBF start-ups are a key leverage point for sustainability transitions. The research will focus on European NTBF start-ups with climate-smart innovations for the agricultural, water and energy sectors, who work with Climate-KIC. Postdoc one will focus on the actor level, whilst postdoc two will focus on the systems level.


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