Harro van Lente (H.)
science and technology studies, sociology of expectations, emerging technologies, constructivism, sustainable development, technology dynamics, innovation processes, knowledge production, foresight studies, governance of science systems
Professional career history
Harro van Lente is full professor of Science and Technology Studies and Head of Department at the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Maastricht University. He is one of the founding fathers of the Sociology of Expectations, which studies how representations of the future shape current socio-technical developments. He has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and edited volumes on technology dynamics, innovation policy and knowledge production. Harro van Lente studied at the University of Twente and graduated in physics and philosophy of science and technology. He has been research manager at Inspire Foundation, a think tank of the KPMG consulting firm. During 15 years he taught Innovation Studies at Utrecht University. He has also been program director of Technology Assessment at NanoNextNL, the Dutch nanotechnology consortium and was Visiting Professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara. His current research interests concern how emerging technologies, such as in smart industry or space tourism, produce novelty and needs. He is recipient of the 2018 EASST Freeman Award with the co-edited book (with Marianne Boenink and Ellen Moors) at Palgrave Macmillan Emerging Technologies for Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease: Innovating with Care.