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Prof. Dr. ir. Rinie van Est

Rinie van Est is research coordinator.


Rinie van Est coordinates research within the theme Digital Society. He is involved in the field of energy transition and digital transition. He focuses on the societal meaning of emerging technologies, such as synthetic biology, artificial intelligence and immersive technologies, like AR/VR.

Academic background and career

Rinie van Est studied applied sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology and political science at the University of Amsterdam. In 1999, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, Winds of Change, examining the interaction between politics, technology and economics in wind energy, focusing on case studies in California and Denmark. He joined the Rathenau Instituut in 1997, bringing a wealth of experience in Technology Assessment methods, most notably participative methods. Since 2000, he also works part-time at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where he currently holds the chair of Technology Assessment and Governance.

Other activities

  • Professor of Technology Assessment and Governance at Eindhoven University of Technology (School of Innovation Sciences).
  • Thinker in Residence at the Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences and Arts on the theme Digital Innovation.