Erik Aarden is university assistant (postdoc) at the Department of Science and Technology Studies since October 2014. He studied Arts and Culture at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, with a specialization in Technological Culture. During his studies he spent a semester studying political science at the University of Bologna in Italy. Erik received his PhD from Maastricht University in 2010, spending a semester with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University.
Erik has since worked on several (European) research projects at Maastricht University and the VDI Chair for Futures Studies at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. He has been an EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard and the Department of Technology and Society Studies at Maastricht University.
Erik’s main research interest is in the (perceived) production of collective benefits through science and technology and questions of social justice, particularly in the domain of biomedical research and innovation. His dissertation addressed the distributive outcomes of the incorporation of genetic diagnostics in public health care delivery structures in three European countries.His Marie Curie project focused on population-scale medical research projects and repositories as vehicles for the production of epistemic, clinical and socio-economic benefits around the globe.
Further interests include comparative research in STS, the public circulation and contestation of scientific knowledge and the intersections between science, technology and forms of political, social, and economic organization and resource distribution, bringing perspectives from STS together with social and political theory.