Dr. E.C.J. van Oost (Ellen)

ellen van oost

Associate Professor
Ravelijn room RA 4311

Ellen van Oost
PO Box 217
7500 AE Enschede

E-mail: e.c.j.vanoost@utwente.nl
Telephone: (053) 489 4315/3353
Fax: (053) 489 2159


Ellen van Oost is associate professor in the field of sociology of technology at the University of Twente in The Netherlands. She has a masters degree in mathematical engineering and did a PhD in the field of gender and technology. Together with a colleague she wrote a Dutch textbook on Technology Dynamics and Assessment. Currently she teaches Technology Assessment in the Bachelor programmes Computer Science and Health science, and in the Master Programme Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society. Her research interests and publications include history of ICT, the co-construction of users and technology, gender and technology. She is a member of the Research Institutes CTIT (Centre for Telematics and Information Technology) and IGS (Institute for Governance Studies) both at the University of Twente. She is an active member of diverse professional organizations (4S, EASST, Dutch Association for Women’s Studies) and the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC).


Her present research interests focus on the innovative role of users and user communities in ICT based innovations. She is too participates in the EU project Research and Innovation Futures (RIF) 2030.


Ellen teaches several courses focusing on the reflexive analysis of mutual shaping of Science, Technology and Society, both in Bachelor - and Master Programs (see list below). She initiated and coordinates the reflexive Minor program Futures: Imagining tomorrows World. She too is member of the Examination Board of the PSTS master programme.


Project Medical Technology Assessment (B-Health Sciences)


Ontwerpen van Toekomsten (Minor Futures)


Philolab (M-PSTS)


Shaping Technology and Use (M-PSTS)


Gender Inclusive Design (M-Industrial Design Engineering)


A selection of recent publications:

Verhaegh, S. & E. van Oost (2012). “Who cares? Maintenance Work in a Wi-Fi community innovation” in: Egyedi, T & D.Mehos (eds). Inverse Infrastructures. Disrupting the System from Below. Edward Elgar. pp.141-160.

Oost, E.van (2012), ‘Reflections on Textbooks for Teaching TA” in: Dusseldorp, M. & R. Beecroft (eds.) Technikfolgen abschätzen lehren. Springer Verlag, Wiesbaden, p.309-319.

Oost, E. van & D. Reed (2011) “Towards a Sociological Understanding of Robots as Companions” in: Lamers, M.H. & F.O. Verbeek. Human Robot Personal Relationships. Third international conference HRPR 2010. Revised selected papers. Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London, New York. pp. 11-18.

Oost, E. van, Verhaegh, S. and N. Oudshoorn (2010). Community based Innovation. In: Lemstra W. V. Hayes & J. Groenewegen (eds.) The Innovation Journey of Wi-Fi. The Road toward Global Success. Cambridge University Press.

Oost, E. van, Verhaegh, S. and N. Oudshoorn (2009). From Innovation Community to Community Innovation: User-initiated Innovation in Wireless Leiden. Science, Technology & Human Values, 34 (2): 182-205

Oudshoorn, N., M. Brouns en E. van Oost (2005) “Diversity and Distributed Agency in the Design and Use of Medical Video-Communication Technologies” , in: Harbers, H. (ed.) Inside the Politics of Technology, Amsterdam University Press, pp.85-105.

Oost, E. van (2003), ‘Materialized Gender. How Shavers configure the Users’ Femininity and Masculinity’in: Oudshoorn, N. & T. Pinch (eds.) How Users Matter. The Co-construction of Users and Technology, Cambridge/London: MIT Press, 193-208.

Rommes, E., E. van Oost and N. Oudshoorn (2001), 'Gender in the Design of the Digital City of Amsterdam' in: Green, Eileen and A. Adam, Virtual Gender. Technology, Consumption and Identity. London and New York, Routledge, pp.241-261.

Ende, J.van den & Oost, E. van (2001), ‘Making Women Count : Gender-Typing, Technology and Path Dependencies in Dutch Statistical Data Processing, 1900-1970’, The European Journal of Women’s Studies 8, nr. 4 , 491-510.

Smit, W.A. en E.C.J. van Oost (1999) De wederzijdse beïnvloeding van technologie en samenleving. Een Technology Assessment benadering, Coutinho, Bussem.


  • Dutch Research Delta (KPN) University Industry Network on Social and Cultural aspects of ICT innovations
  • Dutch Society for Gender Studies
  • WTMC, Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture
  • EU-SPRI forum (European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation)