Erik van der Vleuten



Erik van der Vleuten

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Short biography

Erik van der Vleuten (1968) is Professor of History of Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology TUE, Chair of the Eindhoven History Lab, and scientific director of the Foundation for the History of Technology SHT. He studies the historical co-construction of infrastructure, societal, and environmental changes.


Erik has been part of Tensions of Europe since 1999. He co-directed the ToE research programs Networking Europe (1999-2005) and The Making of Europe’s Critical Infrastructure EUROCRIT (2008-2013); served on various ToE committees; and acted as ToE Chair in 2013-2015. Today he serves on the ToE Management Committee.


Erik initiated and coordinates the second ToE flagship program Technology and Societal Challenges, ca. 1815-2015.


Recent publications

Challenging Prometheus: a history of technology for an age of grand challenges (Eindhoven University of Technology, 2017)
Engineering the Future, Understanding the Past: A Social History of Technology (Amsterdam University Press, 2017)
Europe’s Infrastructure Transition:Economy, War, Nature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
The Making of Europe’s Critical Infrastructure: Common Connections and Shared Vulnerabilities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).


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Role in Tensions of Europe

Participant, Management Committee

Additional research interests

energy, environment, food, infrastructure, historiography