Fields of Research (FoR)Professional ethics, History and philosophy of engineering and technology
Christine Boshuijzen-van Burken holds a PhD degree in ethics and philosophy of technology. Her dissertation was on the role of technology on moral decision making in military operations. She holds a BSc in Human Kinetic Engineering (The Hague University of Professional Education, 2002), a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (Eindhoven, Fontys University of Professional Education, 2004) and a MA in Christian Studies of Science and Society at the...view more
Christine Boshuijzen-van Burken holds a PhD degree in ethics and philosophy of technology. Her dissertation was on the role of technology on moral decision making in military operations. She holds a BSc in Human Kinetic Engineering (The Hague University of Professional Education, 2002), a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (Eindhoven, Fontys University of Professional Education, 2004) and a MA in Christian Studies of Science and Society at the Amsterdam Vrije Universiteit, faculty of Philosophy (2006). Christine currently works as senior researcher at University of New South Wales (UNSW) at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) based in Canberra, Australia. Her current research is on Value Sensitive Design of autonomous systems. She held research and teaching positions at Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology, the Royal Military Academy in the Netherlands, Queensland University of Technology in Australia and Linnaeus University in Sweden. Her topics of research include ethics of military technology, ethics of humanitarian logistics for refugees, ethics and technology in the sharing economy, normative practices and reformational philosophy. She worked several years in industry as a mechanical engineer and served as assistant director for the Dutch Research School for Philosophy from 2014-2018.
Christine currently holds a Trusted Autonomous Systems - Defence Cooperative Research Centre (TAS DCRC) Ethics Uplift Fellowship.
Besides her academic work, Christine serves as a reserve soldier at the Royal Netherlands Reserve Army. She is married to Richard and they have three children.
Ethically aligned cyberbullying detection tool, SysCom Rapid Research Fund (2023, $23k, team grant)
Ethics of Battlefield AI, UNSW Canberra AI Hub Seed Funding ((2022/2023, $50k, team grant)
Socially and Ethically informed Engineering and Design (2021/2022, $23k, internal grant, together with Dr. Bianca Baggiarini; 2022/2023 $15k)
Trusted Autonomous Systems DCRC - Ethics Uplift Program Fellowship (2022/2023, $250k)
My Research Activities
In my current research I focus on Value Sensitive Design for autonomous weapon systems. This research is part of a large project in which Defence, industry and academics work together on a more ethical development of autonomous weapon systems.
Ph.D. scholarships of $35,000 (AUD) (per year) are available for high-achieving students (H1/High Distinction in their UG program and/or have completed a Masters by Research) with an interest in ethics of technology, values in autonomous systems, reformational philosophy, ethics of military systems in Defence, under Dr. Christine Boshuijzen-van Burken's supervision. Please contact me if you are interested.
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Ethics of Technology
Value Sensitive Design