Dr. Erik Aarden

University Assistant (post doc)

Tel: +43-1-4277-49626

eMail: erik.aarden@univie.ac.at


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.

Current Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

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Aarden, E. (2017). Repositioning biological citizenship: State, population, and individual risk in the Framingham Heart Study. BioSocieties. DOI: 10.1057/s41292-017-0081-0
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Aarden, E. (2017). Projecting and producing 'usefulness' of biomedical research infrastructures; or why the Singapore Tissue Network closed. Science and Public Policy, 44(6), 753-762. [scx010]. DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scx010


Aarden, E. (2017). Collectieve Vormgeving van Gepersonaliseerde Geneeskunde: Een Vergelijkend Perspectief. In H. van Lente, T. Swierstra, S. Wyatt, & R. Zeiss (Eds.), Wegwijs in STS-Knowing your way in STS (pp. 161-165). Maastricht: Maastricht University, Science, Technology and Society Studies.


Aarden, E. (2017). Making value(s) through social contracts for biomedical population research. In V. Pavone, & J. Goven (Eds.), Bioeconomies: Life, technology, and capital in the 21st century (pp. 161-184). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


Aarden, E. (2016). Tracing Sociomaterial Practices in Technoscientific Worlds. Stakes and Directions for STS. EASST Review (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology), 35(4).


Aarden, E. (2016). Constitutions of Justice in Genetic Medicine: Distributing Diagnostics for Familial Hypercholesterolemia in Three European Countries. Critical Policy Studies, 10(2), 216-234. DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2015.1024704


Aarden, E. (2016). Translating genetics beyond bed and bedside: A comparative perspective on health care infrastructures for 'familial' breast cancer. Applied & Translational Genomics, 11, 48-54. DOI: 10.1016/j.atg.2016.09.001


Boon, W., Aarden, E., & Broerse, J. (2015). Path creation by public agencies — The case of desirable futures of genomics. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 99, 67-76. DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2015.06.038