prof.dr. P.A.E. Brey (Philip)

Full Professor

About Me

Philip Brey (PhD, University of California, San Diego, 1995) is professor of philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is also president of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT), and former president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT).  He is on the editorial board of eleven leading journals and book series in his field, including Ethics and Information Technology, Nanoethics, Philosophy and Technology, Techné, Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology and Theoria. He has led a NWO Vici project for outstanding researchers (2006-2012, budget € 1.25 million) on new media and the quality of life, which has resulted in over 100 pueer-reviewed publications, and a European Union FP7 project, SATORI (2014-2017, budget € 3.7 million), involving 17 international partners, which aimed to develop international standards and best practices for the ethical assessment of research and innovation.

He currently leads a European Union Horizon 2020 project, SIENNA (2017-2021, budget € 4.0 million), involving 13 international partners, on the ethical and human rights aspects of emerging technologies, includinghuman genomics, human enhancement, robotics and artificial intelligence.  He is also particiapating in the NWO NEWEL project, the EU H2020 SHERPA project, and the EU H2020 ITN PROTECT.  Starting January 2020, he will lead Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies, a new seven-university research programme that will span ten years.  It is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Research (NWO) and the participating institutions, and has a total budget of € 27 million.


Arts & Humanities
Philosophy Of Technology
Social Sciences
Ethical Issues
Moral Philosophy
Business & Economics
Machine Learning


In his research, Philip Brey investigates ethical aspects of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on information technology, robotics, biomedical technology and environmental technologies. He has developed major new approaches in ethics of information technology, including the anticipatory technology ethics (ATE) approach for assessing ethical implications of new and emerging technologies, the disclosive computer ethics approach for studying values in design, and new approaches for studying the implications of technology for well-being. He has been the first, or amongst the first, to do thorough academic studies of the ethical implications of emerging technologies like the World Wide Web, virtual reality technology, ambient intelligence, facial recognition systems, and 3D printing. Particular research interests of his include the ethical assessment of emerging technology, ethical aspects of design, innovative approaches to research ethics, the relation between technology, culture and globalization, the relation between technology and well-being. 


All publications, incl. downloadable preprints, can be found on Prof. Brey's 4TU.Ethics website:  http://ethicsandtechnology.eu/member/brey_philip/


Waelen, R. , & Brey, P. A. E. (2022). Ethical Dimensions of Facial Recognition and Video Analytics in Surveillance. In M. Boylan, & W. Teays (Eds.), Ethics in the AI, Technology, and Information Age (pp. 217-231). Rowman & Littlefield.
Brey, P. (2022). Research Ethics Guidelines for the Engineering Sciences and Computer and Information Sciences. In K. Laas, M. Davis, & E. Hildt (Eds.), Codes of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines: Emerging Technologies, Changing Fields (pp. 15-34). (International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology; Vol. 23). Springer Science + Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-86201-5_2
Stahl, B. C., Andreou, A. , Brey, P., Hatzakis, T., Kirichenko, A. , Macnish, K., Laulhé Shaelou, S., Patel, A. , Ryan, M., & Wright, D. (2021). Artificial intelligence for human flourishing – Beyond principles for machine learning. Journal of business research, 124, 374-388. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.11.030
Reijers, W., Wright, D. , Brey, P., Weber, K., Rodrigues, R., O’Sullivan, D., & Gordijn, B. (2018). Methods for Practising Ethics in Research and Innovation: A Literature Review, Critical Analysis and Recommendations. Science and engineering ethics, 24(5), 1437-1481. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-017-9961-8
Brey, P. A. E., Lucovics, M., & Gyurkovics, J. (2017). Science Parks as Seedbeds of Responsible Research and Innovation. In V. Kleschné Csapi, & Z. Bedo (Eds.), ICUBERD 2016 Book of Papers (pp. 93-103). University of Pécs. http://icuberd.ktk.pte.hu/sites/icuberd.ktk.pte.hu/files/mellekletek/2017/09/icuberd_book_of_papers_2016_0.pdf#overlay-context=publications
Brey, P. A. E. , Jansen, P. H., Rodrigues, R. , & Shelley Egan, C. (2017). The Ethical Assessment of Research and Innovation: A reflection on the state of the art. In R. Iphofen (Ed.), Finding Common Ground: Consensus in Research Ethics Across the Social Sciences (pp. 185-198). (Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity). Emerald Publishing Group. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/S2398-601820170000001015
Brey, P. A. E. (2017). Ethics of Emerging Technologies. In S. O. Hansson (Ed.), The Ethics of Technology: Methods and Approaches (pp. 175-192). (Philosophy, Technology and Society). Rowman & Littlefield Intenational. http://ethicsandtechnology.eu/wp-content/uploads/downloadable-content/Brey-2017-Ethics-Emerging-Tech.pdf
Brey, P. (2017). Theorizing technology and its role in crime and law enforcement. In M. R. McGuire, & T. J. Holt (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Technology, Crime and Justice (pp. 17-34). (Routledge International Handbooks). Taylor & Francis.
Other Contributions

UT Research Information System


PROTECT (Marie Curie Innovative Training Network).  No website yet.

SIENNA:  http://www.sienna-project.eu/

NEWEL:  https://www.nwo.nl/onderzoek-en-resultaten/onderzoeksprojecten/i/29/26829.html

SATORI:  http://satoriproject.eu/ 

Responsible Industry:  http://www.responsible-industry.eu/

Vici project: New Media and the Quality of Life

Contact Details

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 4202
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  4202
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands