I’m an associate professor in the Knowledge, Technology, and Innovation Group of Wageningen University in the Netherlands where I’m also the PI of the Global Epistemologies and Ontologies (GEOS) Project.  My current research largely focuses on three issues:

Ethnobiology and Knowledge Diversity in Science. Ethnobiology engages with the biological knowledge of Indigenous peoples and local communities. While ethnobiology has become institutionalized as an active academic field, there has been little philosophical reflection on the epistemological, ontological, and political dimensions of knowledge diversity about the natural world. This project addresses synergies and tensions between knowledge systems and their entanglement with livelihoods in the “Global South”.

Critical Ontology of Human Difference. Categories of human difference such as “ethnicity” and “race” are widely used in scientific practice from population genetics and biomedical research to cultural anthropology and social psychology. I am interested in the interaction of empirical, metaphysical, and political considerations in the formation of these categories. The main aim of “critical ontology” is to analyze political questions of ethnic and racial justice as internal to the status of these categories.

Global Justice in Science & Technology Governance. “Responsible Research and Innovation” (RRI) has become a widely embraced governance framework. While RRI has been primarily developed in the European context, my work focuses on the opportunities and limitations of RRI in global perspective. Furthermore, I am interested in how cross-cultural issues in the governance of science and technology bring up questions of global justice that tend to be neglected in European implementations of RRI and their operationalizations of “responsibility” and “social justice”.