Three level dynamics and scenarios

PhD Project

Period: 2005-2010

Financed by: STW

Project Staff

PhD Student: Ir. H. te Kulve (Haico)

Promotor: Prof. Dr. A. Rip (Arie)


My PhD research focuses on dynamics and mechanisms in emerging structures that shape how actors cope with nanotechnologies in different sectors of industry. In my empirical studies I analyze how actors take up the application of nanotechnologies for food packaging and drug delivery technologies. In particular I am interested in how actors in these sectors anticipate on societal embedding of nanotechnologies and co-ordinate their activities with other actors.

This PhD project is part of the Technology Assessment Program in NanoNed, a Dutch nanotechnology R&D initiative. For a description of the NanoNed program please visit


Rip, A. and H. Te Kulve (2008). Constructive Technology Assessment and Socio-Technical

Scenarios. The Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society, Volume 1: Presenting Futures. E. Fisher, C. Selin and J. M. Wetmore, Springer: 49-70.

Arie Rip, Douglas K. R. Robinson, and Haico te Kulve (2007). Multi-level emergence and stabilisation of paths of nanotechnology in different industries/sectors. Paths workshop, Berlin 17-18 September 2007

Te Kulve, H. (2006). Evolving Repertoires: Nanotechnology in Daily Newspapers in the Netherlands. Science as Culture 15(4): 367-382.

Te Kulve, H. & W.A. Smit (2003). Civilian-Military Co-operation strategies in developing new technologies. Research Policy. pp. 955-970

Te Kulve, H. (2002). Winkelvoorzieningen in Boekelo. Enschede: Wetenschapswinkel Universiteit Twente

Te Kulve, H. (2002). Wat vind jij van de UT? Enschede: Wetenschapswinkel Universiteit Twente

Te Kulve, H. & M.J.M.E. van der Mark (2002). Evaluatie effectiviteit van het bureau Inburgering in Hengelo (O) Enschede: Wetenschapswinkel Universiteit Twente

Smit, W.A., R. De Penanros, H. te Kulve, B. Hagelin & I. Goudie (2001). Naval shipbuilding in Europe. In: Serfati, C et al. (eds.). The restructuring of the European defence industry: Dynamics of Change. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.

Te Kulve, H. & W.A. Smit (2001). Public-private partnerships in the development of dual use products: the creation of socio-technical networks. In: Montanheiro, L. & M. Spiering (eds.). Public and Private Sector Partnerships: The Enterprise Governance. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. pp. 339-351