ISSP Associates

Our associates lead the thematic groups, are board members and/or play central roles in ISSP activites in other ways.

Pelle Guldborg Hansen

Director of ISSP and the focus group Applied Behavioral Science (ABsC)

Hansen is a behavioral scientist and an Assistant Professor at Roskilde University. He is also Director of Danish Nudging Network and founder of The European Nudging Network.

Steen Rasmussen

Founder of ISSP and the director of Living Technologies

Steen Rasmussen (PhD Physics, Technical University of Denmark, 1985) is an internationally recognized pioneer on self-organizing processes.

Søren Riis

Director of Social Aspects in New Technology (SAinT)

Søren Riis is a Carlsberg Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Science Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. He received his Ph.D. from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. He is on the executive editorial board of the Springer journal, Philosophy and Technology.

Vincent F. Hendricks

Director of Social Software

Vincent F. Hendricks is a professor of philosophy at the University of Copenhagen, editor in chief at Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology, Logic and Methodology and author of several books.

Central associates and board members alphabetically:

Alberto Alemanno

Alberto Alemanno is a legal scholar and a public interest lawyer, who works with risk regulation and public health prevention as well as nudge theory in policy-making. He is currently the Jean Monnet Professor in EU Law & Risk Regulation at HEC Paris.

Lene Rachel Andersen

Lene Rachel Andersen is an economist, futurist and philosopher. She has written several books on human evolution, society, democracy, science, and technological development. She is a research associate at University of Southern Denmark and owner of Next Scandinavia.

Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong is an interdisciplinary practitioner with a background in medicine. She collaborates with scientists, architects and artists to create a new experimental space to explore scientific concepts and re-engage with the fundamental creativity of science.

Mark Bedau

Prof. Mark A. Bedau (Ph.D. Philosophy, UC Berkeley, 1985) is an internationally recognized leader in the interdisciplinary study of complex adaptive systems.

Rinie Van Est

Rinie van Est joined the Rathenau Institute in August 1997, where he is responsible for identifying new developments at the convergence of science, technology, politics and society, with a particular focus on the emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science.

David Budtz Pedersen

David Budtz Pedersen is the research leader for the interdisciplinary researchproject Humanomics: 'Mapping the humanities' at Københavns Universitet (KU).

Robin Pierce

Is a Senior Law and Ethics Associate at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, Harvard Law School, USA. Previously she was at Delft University in the Netherlands and at Oxford University in the UK. She obtained her PhD at Harvard University in Health Policy in 2007. Her current interests are the long term societal impacts of synthetic biology and living technology.

Vibeke Hjortlund

Vibeke Hjortlund is a senior science journalist and editor in chief at (transl.: She is a member of the ISSP Extended Science Board.

Lucia Reisch

Lucia Reisch is an economist and social scientist, who is a Full Professor at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). She currently holds the chair for Intercultural Consumer Research and European Consumer Policy at CBS.

Robert Rosenberger

Robert Rosenberger is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He works in the fields of philosophy of technology and philosophy of science, exploring the details of laboratory practices, and analyzing the technologies we use in our everyday lives.

Markus Schmidt

Schmidt’s research focuses on intersections between science, society and art, in biotechnology and environmental sciences. He is a WP-leader in several EU FP7 projects and a member of the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks. He has been policy advisor for European Group on Ethics for the European Commission, and Barak Obama’s US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. He is also initiator of the recurring science film festival BIO·FICTION.

Evan Selinger

Evan Selinger is Associate Professor of Philosophyand Graduate Program Faculty Member in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, both at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also Editor of the Springer journal "Philosophy and Technology" and book Series"Philosophy of Engineering and Technology".