Home | deutsch  | Sitemap | Legals | Data Protection | KIT
Foto: Peter Winandy

Prof. Dr. Dr. Rafaela Hillerbrand

Professor for philosophy of science and technology
Room: 431
Phone: +49 721 608-26450
rafaela hillerbrandHnz0∂kit edu

Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Postfach 3640
76021 Karlsruhe


Professional background

Before joining KIT, Rafaela Hillerbrand worked as an associate professor at TU Delft and was head of the interdisciplinary research group eet-ethics for energy technology at the Human Technology Centre (HumTec) at RWTH Aachen University. In 2011, she had the chance to advise the ethics commission for safe energy supply under Klaus Töpfer's guidance that was set up in reaction to the accidents in Fukushima. From 2006 till 2008 Rafaela hold a position as a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford.

Fields of work

  • Philosophy of science, engineering and technology
  • Applied ethics (esp. ethics of the environment, engineering ethics)
  • Risk and uncertainty analysis
  • Philosophy of computer simulations

Education

Rafaela Hillerbrand holds a PhD in theoretical physics and a PhD in philosophy. She graduated with distinction (summa cum laude) in both fields. Her PhD thesis on ethics of technology won the Lilli-Bechmann-Rahn-Preis of the University Erlangen Nürnberg in 2005. Her doctoral dissertation in physics was awarded the Ingrid-zu-Solms Naturwissenschaftspreis 2008.

Current positions (selection)

  • Member HEiKa board of directors (Heidelberg Karlsruhe Research Partnership)
  • Ombudsperson for doctoral students and advisors at KIT
  • Deputy member at Council for Research and Promotion of Young Scientists (CRYS)
  • Field Editor “Energy Efficiency and Ethics” for the Journal of Energy Systems (JES)
  • Member of research board Heinz Nixdorf Gesellschaft
  • Member of research board BAM, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung
  • Member of the Think Tanks of the President of the Helmholtz Foundation
  • Member of research board of the journal GAIA, since 2018
  • Member of advisory board “PlastikBudget - Entwicklung von Budgetansatz und LCA-Wirkungsabschätzungsmethodik für die Governance von Plastik in der Umwelt”

Selected publications outside of ITAS

Hillerbrand, R.; Roeser, S.
Towards a Third ‘Practice Turn’: An Inclusive and Empirically Informed Perspective on Risk. In: Franssen, M., Vermaas, P. Kroes, P., Meijers. A.: Philosophy of Technology after the Empirical Turn, Springer, 2016

Hillerbrand, R.; Roeser, S.; Peterson, M.; Sandin, P.
Handbook of Risk Theory. Epistemology, Decision Theory, Ethics and Social Implications of Risk. Springer, 2012
Abstract

Hillerbrand, R.; Roeser, S.; Peterson, M.; Sandin, P.
Essentials of risk theory. Springer, 2013
Abstract

Hillerbrand, R.; Reitinger, C.; Dumke, M.; Barosevcic, M.
A conceptual framework for impact assessment within SLCA. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 16(4), 380-388, 2011
Abstract

Hillerbrand, R.
Order out of Chaos? A Case Study in High Energy Physics. Studia Philosophica Estonica 5(2), 61-78, 2012

Hillerbrand, R.
On non-propositional aspects in modeling complex systems. Analyse & Kritik 32, 107-120, 2010

List of publications outside of ITAS

Recent publications

Poznic, M.; Eckert, C.; Hillerbrand, R.; Stacey, M.
Designing as playing games of make-believe. Vortrag beim 11th SIG Design Theory Paris Workshop, Mines ParisTech, Paris, Frankreich, 29.-30.01.2018

Poznic, M.; Eckert, C.; Hillerbrand, R.; Stacey, M.
Jet engines, design teams and the imagination: Designing as playing games of make-believe. Vortrag auf dem Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology (fPET 2018), University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, 30.05.-01.06.2018

Hillerbrand, R.
Mensch und Technik. Wer beherrscht wen? Die Politische Meinung 62(2017)546, S. 27-32

Hillerbrand, R.
Towards a values sensitive design of energy transitions. Technology and human wellbeing. Vortrag auf dem Values-Technology-Innovation Research Day (VTI), TU Delft, Niederlande, 30.10.2017

Hillerbrand, R.
Who is the expert? Or how the IPPC is its own worst enemy. Vortrag beim Workshop "Group decision-making in scientific expert committee", TiPLS, Universität Tilburg, Niederlande, 13.04.2017

Hillerbrand, R.; Goldammer, K.
Energietechnik und ein gutes Leben: ein Plädoyer für einen neuen Energiediskurs. KWI-Working Paper (2017)1, S. 8-26
Volltext/pdf

Hillerbrand, R.
Ethisch-filosofisch perspectief op duurzame energie. Vortrag an der Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI), Utrecht, Niederlande, 08.06.2016

Hillerbrand, R.
Simulierte Wissenschaft oder Erkenntniswerkzeug? Ein philosophischer Blick auf Computersimulationen. Vortrag auf dem Kolloquium Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal, 02.05.2016

Hillerbrand, R.
Unscientific because it is uncertain? Scientific because it is uncertain! A philosophical perspective on climate models. Vortrag im Rahmen des Kolloquiums des Lehrstuhls für Philosophie und Wissenschaftstheorie der TU München zu "Frontiers of Science, Technology, and Philosophy", München, 19.01.2016

Hillerbrand, R.
Von einer dritten empirischen Wende in der Technikethik. Ein Plädoyer für ein Mehr an Technikethik in der Ingenieurausbildung. In: Maring, M. (Hrsg.): Zur Zukunft der Bereichsethiken - Herausforderungen durch die Ökonomisierung der Welt. Karlsruhe: KIT Scientific Publishing 2016, S. 317-331
(Schriftenreihe des Zentrums für Technik- und Wirtschaftsethik)

List of publications at ITAS