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Erik van der Vleuten

Erik van der Vleuten

Erik van der Vleuten (1968) is professor in the History of Technology at Eindhoven Univerisity of Technology and is appointed as Scientific Director of the Foundation of Technology in October 2015. He published on the historical shaping, governance, vulnerability, and societal implications of infrastructure, including energy, transport, communication, water, food, industrial, financial, and ecological infrastructure. He also developed broader syntheses and concepts, e.g. on the networked nation, Europe’s infrastructure transition, transnational system building, transnational infrastructure vulnerability, and the promises and pitfalls of a transnational history of technology.

Erik is a program director at the Netherlands/Flemish N.W. Posthumus Institute for economic and social history. In Tensions of Europe, he co-organized international research programs on Networking Europe (running 1999-2005) and Europe’s Critical Infrastructure (running 2007-2011); served on several ToE advisory and transition committees; and chairs the ToE management committee in 2013-15. His latest publications include Högselius, Hommels, Kaijser & v.d. Vleuten (eds.), The Making of Europe’s Critical Infrastructure. Common Connections and Shared Vulnerabilities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); and Högselius, Kaijser, v.d. Vleuten. Europe’s Infrastructure Transition: Economy, War, Nature (Palgrave Macmillan, in press).