E.B.A. (Erik) van der Vleuten - Expertise

Vleuten, E.B.A. van der
Address :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
Department :
Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
Section :
Technology, Innovation & Society
Positioncategory :
Professor (HGL)
Position :
Full Professor
Room :
IPO 2.28
Tel :
+31 40-247 4544
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Email :

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  • D34300 - Modern and contemporary history
  • D14000 - Technology
  • history of technology
  • contemporary history
  • European history
  • social history
  • societal transitions
  • sustainability transitions
  • transnational infrastructure
  • critical infrastructure



Erik van der Vleuten (1968) is Professor of History of Technology at the TU/e School of Innovation Sciences. He studies the historical co-construction of infrastructure, societal, and environmental changes. Recent books include Engineering the Future, Understanding the Past: A Social History of Technology (2017); Europe’s Infrastructure Transition:Economy, War, Nature (2015); and  The Making of Europe’s Critical Infrastructure: Common Connections and Shared Vulnerabilities (2013).

Erik is scientific director of the Foundation for the History of Technology SHT, co-directs the NW Posthumus globalisation network, and in 2013-2015 chaired the pan-European research network Tensions of Europe.

He also coordinates the TUE team in the Horizon2020 program History of Nuclear Energy in Society HoNESt.

Currently, Erik is setting up a large research program on 'Technology and the Making of Societal Crises/ Challenges (1850-Today)', as a new SHT and Tensions of Europe flagship project. See also: Challenging Prometheus: a history of technology for an age of grand challenges (2017).