Dr. H. te Kulve (Haico)

Postdoctoral Researcher
Ravelijn room RA 4315

dr.ir. Haico te Kulve
PO Box 217
7500 AE Enschede

E-mail: h.tekulve(@)utwente.nl
Telephone: +31 (0)53 489 3352

Research interests and background

Haico te Kulve is a postdoctoral researcher at the STEPS department. In his research he analyzes how individuals and organizations manage technological and institutional change processes. He is interested in finding patterns in such change processes and applying them into practice by supporting technology entrepreneurs to develop smart, reflexive technology development and market introduction strategies. For this he applies the approach of Constructive Technology Assessment, including interactive scenario workshops. In his empirical work he focuses on enabling micro- and nanotechnologies and security technologies.

He has a background in applied physics and philosophy of science, technology and society. After graduation he conducted several short research projects at the University of Twente. Subsequently he worked three years at a company which designs and assembles sophisticated naval systems before he returned to the university. In 2011 he successfully defended his PhD thesis titled: “Anticipatory interventions and the co-evolution of nanotechnology and society.” He is currently working on two research projects within the NanoNextNL program, a micro- and nanotechnology consortium including 130 partners which is supported by the Dutch Government.

NanoNextNL projects

The first project Haico te Kulve is working on is focusing on ongoing dynamics in innovation processes and the development of socio-technical scenarios about future developments. Specifically, this project examines dynamics in and effects of demand articulation for novel micro- and nanotechnology enabled sensor applications during the development and future introduction of these products in the water and food industries. In the second project he examines whether if and how the development and introduction of micro- and nanotechnologies affects industrial structures. With industrial structures a broad set of patterns is meant, such as business models in a sector, role distribution of actors, and the creation of new markets. The project is interested in exploring empirical changes and identifying underlying dynamics. For this he is studying the development and introduction of organic electronic enabled lighting applications (OLEDS).


  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology
  • Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture
  • Royal Institute of Engineers in the Netherlands


He is involved in several courses as a lecturer, guest lecturer or tutor:

  • From product design to online business
  • Governance of innovation and socio-technical change (HTHT minor)
  • Societal embedding of nanotechnology
  • Policy analysis in public and technological domains
  • Science and technology studies


Peer-reviewed articles

  • Te Kulve, H., K. Konrad, C. Alvial Palavicino & B. Walhout (2013) Context matters: promises and concerns regarding nanotechnologies for water and food applications. Nanoethics 7 (1):17-27
  • Te Kulve, H. & A. Rip (2013) Economic and societal dimensions of nanotechnology-enabled drug delivery. Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery 10 (5):611-622
  • Parandian, A., A. Rip & H. te Kulve (2012). Dual dynamics of promises, and waiting games around emerging nanotechnologies. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 24 (6): 565-582
  • Te Kulve, H. & A. Rip (2011). Constructing productive engagement: Pre-engagement tools for emerging technologies. Science and Engineering Ethics 17 (4): 699-714
  • Te Kulve, H. (2010). Emerging technologies and waiting games: Institutional entrepreneurs around nanotechnology in the food packaging sector. Science, Technology & Innovation Studies 6 (1): 7-31
  • Te Kulve, H. & W.A. Smit (2010). Novel Naval Technologies: Sustaining or Disrupting Naval Doctrine. Technological Forecasting & Social Change 77: 999-1013
  • 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 32: 955-970

Book chapters

  • Te Kulve, H., & Konrad, K. (accepted, forthcoming 2015). The demand side of innovation governance: Demand articulation processes in the case of nano-based sensor technologies. In D. M. Bowman, E. Stokes, & A. Rip (Eds.), Embedding and Governing New Technologies: A Regulatory, Ethical & Societal Perspective: Pan Stanford Publishing.
  • Te Kulve, H. (2014). Supporting Anticipatory Strategies for Market Introduction of Nanotechnology‐enabled Drug Delivery Systems. In: A.D. Sezer. Application of Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery. InTech
  • 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.
  • 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.

Conference papers and presentations

  • Boon, W. & H. te Kulve. Dealing with conflicting demands in emerging technologies. Eu-SPRI conference, Helsinki, Finland
  • Te Kulve, H. & K. Konrad (2014). Sector Dynamics in Demand Articulation: The Case of Emerging Sensor Technologies for Drinking Water Applications. 5th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions (IST), 27-29 August 2014, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Te Kulve, H. & K. Konrad (2014). Sector Dynamics in Demand Articulation: Emerging Sensor Technologies in the Drinking Water and Food Sectors. Sixth Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies, 22-24 September, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Te Kulve, H. (2012). [Invited lecture] Societal embedding of nanotechnologies. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Enschede, 27 November 2012
  • Te Kulve, H., K. Konrad, C. Alvial Palavicino & Walhout (2012). The context of application in the generation of promises and concerns. Fourth Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies, Enschede, 22-25 October 2012
  • Te Kulve, H. & W. Smit (2012). Changing commercial-military relations in naval shipbuilding. Joint conference Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), Copenhagen, Denmark, October 17-20, 2012
  • Parandian, A., A. Rip, and H. te Kulve. 2010. Dual dynamics of technological promises & waiting games around nanotechnology. In Tentative Governance in Emerging Science & Technology. Enschede, the Netherlands.
  • Te Kulve, H. (2009). Anticipation in the game of societal embedding of nanotechnologies: waiting games & dedicated actors in the domains of food & health. Atlanta Conference on Science & Innovation Policy, Atlanta, 2-3 October 2009
  • Te Kulve, H. & A. Rip. (2007). Constructing scenarios of evolving industry structures: tracking nanotechnology entrepreneurs and multi level dynamics in the food sector. Annual meeting Society for Social Studies of Science, Montreal (Canada), 11-13 October 2007
  • Rip, A., D. K. R. Robinson, and H. te Kulve (2007). Multi-level emergence and stabilisation of paths of nanotechnology in different industries/sectors. Paths workshop, Berlin 17-18 September 2007
  • Smit, W.A. & Te Kulve, H. (2007). Naval Systems Innovation. Re-evaluating the role of Defence R&D in innovation systems (INNOMIL). PRIME workshop. Manchester (UK), 2-3 April 2007
  • 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

Professional Publications

  • 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