Research portfolio

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management combines insights from the engineering sciences with insights from the humanities and the social sciences.
The Faculty’s mission is to develop robust models and designs in order to solve the complex challenges of today’s networked, urbanized knowledge society.

The Faculty is comprised of three closely collaborating departments, each with a different perspective on addressing these complex societal challenges: systems, governance and values. The smart combination of these three perspectives is at the core of Comprehensive Engineering, and is the main thrust of the Faculty.
The main application domains of the Faculty, in which the majority of its research projects can be clustered, are: energy, climate, mobility, ICT, water, and cyber.

TPM: Comprehensive engineering

Faculty Mission

To develop robust models and designs in order to solve the complex challenges of today’s networked, urbanized knowledge society by integrating engineering with social sciences.

Research themes and application domains

TPM’s research focusses on three strongly interrelated themes:

  • Engineering Systems
  • Governance (of these systems)
  • Values (embedded in the design of these systems)

The importance of these 3 overarching research themes is reflected in the 4 domains, in which the majority of TPM’s actual research projects can be clustered:

  • Energy, Resources and Distributed Infrastructures
  • Mobility, Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chains
  • Water, Climate and Urbanising Delta’s
  • Cybersecurity, Innovations and (consequences of) Emerging Technologies in Cyberspace


The faculty is comprised of three departments that co-operate on the overarching themes of Systems, Governance and Values, and the application domains. Each department by nature has a stronger focus on one of the three themes.

Department of Multi-Actor Systems

Core activity: design of new ‘smart’ governance principles, adaptive policies and decision making strategies, supported by new ways of modelling that combine formal models with large-scale gaming and simulation techniques, and increasingly, real time big data.

Department of Values, Technology and Innovation

Core activity: Developing useful frameworks for responsible innovation and value sensitive design, through critical evaluation of technological advancements on the basis of fundamental values such as ethics and safety and frugality. In this field applied philosophy, safety sciences and economics of technology & innovation are integrated.

Department of Engineering Systems and Services

Core activitiy: understanding and predicting emerging technological innovations and user service patterns, and using these insights for improved design, regulation and operation of engineering systems and services in the domains of Energy, Mobility and ICT.

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