Koen Beumer

Koen Beumer is a PhD candidate at the department of Technology and Society Studies of Maastricht University. He studied Arts and Culture and completed a MPhil (cum laude) in the research master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) at the same university. Earlier he worked as a junior researcher at the Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy (AWT) in The Hague.

His research focuses on the risk governance of nanotechnologies for development. New technologies like nanotechnology are regarded as crucial ingredients for development. Such new technologies are always accompanied by uncertainties concerning their future effects. Yet, while several developing countries are investing in nanotechnology research, we know little about the way they deal with the uncertainties concerning the risks and benefits of nanotechnology. This project, supervised by Prof. Dr. Ir. Wiebe Bijker, therefore asks how India, South Africa, and Kenya deal with the uncertain risks and benefits of nanotechnology.

Besides his PhD thesis, he is interested in human-rat relations, and in the cultural construction of scars. He is also a permanent author for Sciencepalooza.nl; a member of the Faculty Council; the education committee of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC); the editorial board of Mosaiek; and the editorial team of the SHARE-IT blog.

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