Armin Grunwald

Armin Grunwald is a Full professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. He has been the director of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis at KIT (ITAS) since 1999 and Director of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag in Berlin since 2002.

After university education in physics, mathematics, and philosophy, he received a PhD in theoretical Solid State Physics from Cologne University in 1987. His research fields include technology assessment, ethics of new technologies, digitalization, theory of sustainable development, sustainability research, and the epistemology of inter- and transdisciplinary research.

In his professional work, Armin Grunwald is member of several advisory commissions and committees in various fields of the technological advance, e.g. of the German Ethics Council and the National Board on Nuclear Waste disposal. He is an author and editor of multiple professional and research publications, among them Technology Assessment in Practice and Theory (Routledge 2019) and The Hermeneutic Side of Responsible Research and Innovation (Wiley 2016).

More about Armin Grunwald (e.g. his full publication list) can be found here.

  • Head of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
    Head of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB)
    Professor of Philosophy of Technology at the Institute of Philosophy, KIT
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  • Grunwald, A. “Living Technology.” Philosophy and Ethics at the Crossroads of Life and Technology. Singapore 2021
  • Grunwald, A. Technology Assessment in Practice and Theory. Abingdon: Routledge 2019
  • Grunwald, A. “The inherently democratic nature of technology assessment.” Science and Public Policy 46(2019)5: 702–709; DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scz023
  • Grunwald, A. “Diverging pathways to overcoming the environmental crisis: A critique of eco-modernism from a technology assessment perspective.” Journal of Cleaner Production 197(2018): 1854–1862, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.07.212
  • Coenen, C.; Grunwald, A. “Responsible research and innovation (RRI) in quantum technology.” Ethics and Information Technology 19(2017)4: 277–294, DOI: 10.1007/s10676-017-9432-6
  • Grunwald, A. “Modes of orientation provided by futures studies: Making sense of diversity and divergence.” European Journal of Futures Research 2(2013)30: 1–9, DOI: 10.1007/s40309-013-0030-5
  • Grunwald, A.; Rösch, C. “Sustainability assessment of energy technologies: towards an integrative framework.” Energy, Sustainability and Society 1(2011)3, DOI: 10.1186/2192-0567-1-3
  • Grunwald, A. “Energy futures: Diversity and the need for assessment.” Futures 43 (2011), S. 820–830, DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2011.05.024
  • Grunwald, A. “A transdisciplinary approach to the process of socio-technical transformation: the case of German Energiewende.” In: M. Padmanabhan (ed.), Transdisciplinary Research and Sustainability: Collaboration, Innovation and Transformation. New York: Routledge: 53-72
  • Grunwald, A. The Hermeneutic Side of Responsible Research and Innovation. London: Wiley-ISTE 2016

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