Dr Christine van Burken

Senior Research Fellow
School of Engineering and Information Technology


Building 21 Level 1 Room 370


Christine Boshuijzen-van Burken holds a PhD degree in ethics and philosophy of technology. Her dissertation was on the role of technology on moral decision making in military operations. She holds a BSc in Human Kinetic Engineering (The Hague University of Professional Education, 2002), a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (Eindhoven, Fontys University of Professional Eduction, 2004) and a MA in Christian Studies of Science and Society at the Amsterdam Vrije Universiteit, faculty of Philosophy (2006). Christine currently works as senior researcher at University of New South Wales (UNSW) at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) based in Canberra, Australia. Her current research is on Value Sensitive Design of autonomous systems. She held research and teaching positions at Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology, the Royal Military Academy in the Netherlands and at Linnaeus University in Sweden. Her topics of research include ethics of military technology, ethics of humanitarian logistics for refugees, ethics and technology in the sharing economy, normative practices and reformational philosophy.  She worked several years in industry as a mechanical engineer and served as assistant director for the Dutch Research School for Philosophy from 2014-2018.

Besides her academic work, Christine serves as a reserve soldier at the Royal Netherlands Reserve Army. She is married to Richard and they have three children. She currently lives in Canberra, Australia.


van Burken C, 2006, " He Shoots Faster Than His Shadow":-’speed’in Military Technology as an Ethical Challenge, Vrije Universiteit

Book Chapters

Boshuijzen - van Burken C, 2019, 'Modern military operations', in a normative practice approach to moral decision making, IGI Global, Hershey, pp. 115 - 133, http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-8006-5.ch006

Boshuijzen-van Burken C, 2019, 'Moral Decision Making in Modern Military Operations', in The Normative Nature of Social Practices and Ethics in Professional Environments, IGI Global, pp. 115 - 133

Salah AA; Altuncu MT; Balcisoy S; Frydenlund E; Mamei M; Arslanlı KY; Bensason I; Boshuijzen - van Burken C; Bosetti P; Boy J; Bozcaga T; Cilasun SM; Isık O; Kalaycıoglu S; Kaptaner AS; Kayi I; Kılıç ÖO; Kjamili B; Kucukali H; Martin A; Lippi M; Pancotto F; Roads D; Sevencan N; Sezgin E; Sole A; Sterly H; Sürer E; Temizel TT; Taylor L; Tümen S; Uluturk I, 2019, 'Policy implications of the D4R Challenge', in Guide to mobile data analytics in refugee scenarios, Springer, Cham, pp. 481 - 498, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12554-7

Frydenlund E; \cSener MY; Gore R; Boshuijzen-van Burken C; Bozdag E; de Kock C, 2019, 'Characterizing the Mobile Phone Use Patterns of Refugee-Hosting Provinces in Turkey', in Guide to Mobile Data Analytics in Refugee Scenarios, Springer, Cham, Cham, pp. 417 - 431, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12554-7

Boshuijzen - van Burken CG, 2018, 'Relationships as basis for understanding social structures-– an enriched theory of enkapsis', in Reason, Faith And Practice In Our Common Home. Festschrift for Dr. Sytse Strijbos, Rozenberg Publishers, Amsterdam, pp. 173 - 185

Boshuijzen–van Burken C; Haftor DM, 2017, 'Complexities and dilemmas in the sharing economy: the Uber case', in Dilemmas for Human Services: Organizing, Designing and Managing, Linnaeus University, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.15626/dirc.2015.04

Boshuijzen-van Burken C; van Bezooijen B, 2015, 'Morally responsible decision making in networked military operations', in Responsible Innovation 2, Springer, Cham, Dordrecht, pp. 265 - 282, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-17308-5_14

Van Burken CG; Royakkers L, 2013, 'Responsibility in ICT networks: Reflections on using the battlefield super soldier suit (BSSS)', in Moral Responsibility & Military Effectiveness, TMC Asser Press, Den Haag, pp. 217 - 241

Burken V, 2012, 'Security in a global society : towards an alliance between defence and development', in From technology transfer to intercultural development : understanding technology and development in a globalising world, African Sun Media, Bloemfontein, pp. 85 - 96

Edited Books

van Burken CB; Haftor D, (ed.), 2018, Reason, Faith And Practice In Our Common Home. Festschrift for Dr. Sytse Strijbos, Rozenberg Publishers, Amsterdam, http://rozenbergquarterly.com/christine-boshuijzen-van-burken-darek-m-haftor-eds-reason-faith-and-practice-in-our-common-home-festschrift-for-dr-sytse-strijbos-content-list-of-contributors/

Journal articles

Goede R; Boshuizen-van Burken C, 2019, 'A critical systems thinking approach to empower refugees based on Maslow's theory of human motivation', Systems Research and Behavioral Science, vol. 36, pp. 715 - 726, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sres.2623

Boshuijzen - van Burken CG, 2018, 'Wat zijn waarden?', Sophie, vol. 8, pp. 12 - 15

Boshuijzen - van Burken CG, 2018, 'Waarden in de vluchtelingenketen', Sophie, vol. 8, pp. 8 - 11

Boshuijzen-van Burken C; Haftor DM, 2017, 'An Assessment of the Uber App�s Normative Practice', Philosophia Reformata, vol. 82, pp. 192 - 215, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/23528230-08202006

Boshuijzen-van Burken C, 2016, 'Beyond technological mediation: a normative practice approach', Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, vol. 20, pp. 177 - 197, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/techne201671949

Boshuijzen-van Burken C; Haftor DM, 2015, 'Complexities and Dilemmas in the Sharing Economy', The Uber Case, verfügar unter: https://open. lnu. se/index. php/dilemmas/article/view/542/523 (11.04. 2017)

Van Burken CG, 2013, 'La arbitrariedad de la tecnología: Los riesgos en las operaciones apoyadas por redes p. 2',

van Burken CG, 2013, 'The Non-neutrality of Technology: pitfalls of network-enabled operations', Military Review, vol. 93, pp. 39 - 47

Van Burken CG; De Vries MJ, 2012, 'Extending the theory of normative practices: An application to two cases of networked military operations', Philosophia Reformata, vol. 77, pp. 135 - 154, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/22116117-90000530

Burken V, 2011, 'Valkuilen van genetwerkt optreden: een techniek-filosofische analyse', Militaire Spectator, vol. 180, pp. 77 - 86

Wilson W; van Burken C; van Donkelaar C; Buma P; van Rietbergen B; Huiskes R, 2006, 'Causes of mechanically induced collagen damage in articular cartilage', Journal of Orthopaedic Research, vol. 24, pp. 220 - 228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jor.20027

Conference Papers

Gore R; Wozny P; Dignum FPM; Shults FL; Boshuijzen-van Burken C; Royakkers L, 2019, 'A value sensitive ABM of the refugee crisis in the Netherlands', in 2019 Spring Simulation Conference (SpringSim), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., IEEE, pp. 1 - 12, IEEE, http://dx.doi.org/10.23919/SpringSim.2019.8732867

Boshuijzen-van Burken CG, 2017, 'A proposal for a value sensitive design approach to modelling the refugee chain', pp. 501 - 502

van Burken C, 2011, 'Complexities in network enabled operations', in Proceedings of the Annual Working Conference of the IIDE, BZ Repro, Maarssen, pp. 66 - 84, presented at AWC of the IIDE, Maarssen, 10 May 2011

Burken V, 2011, 'Non-neutrality of mobile network technologies : the example of network controlled nuclear detection', ITCSM, Prague, Czech Republic, pp. 104 - 109

Boshuijzen - van Burken CG, 2010, 'Military ethics and technology: Towards a Process Ethics for the Dutch Defence Organisation in the Dawn of Highly Technological War Scenario's', pp. 112 - 124

Van Burken CG; Essens P, 2010, 'Exploration of the ethical dimension of network enabled operations: Toward a philosophical framework of analysis', in conference; 15th International Command & Control Research & Technology Symposium (ICCRTS 2010); 2010-06-22; 2010-06-24, ICCRTS, ICCRTS, pp. 1 - 19, ICCRTS

Conference Abstracts

Boshuijzen - van Burken C, 2018, 'Multi-aspectual approach to values in refugee logistics', in Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Dutch Research School for Philosophy 2018, Enschede, presented at Annual Conference of the Dutch Research School for Philosophy 2018, Enschede, 08 November 2018 - 09 November 2018

Theses / Dissertations

van Burken C, 2014, Moral decision making in network enabled operations, http://dx.doi.org/10.6100/IR778508


Frydenlund E; Sener MY; Gore R; Boshuijzen - van Burken C; Bozdag E; DeKock C, 2019, Characterizing the mobile phone use patterns of refugee hosting provinces in Turkey

Boshuijzen-Van Burken C; Haftor DM, 2017, Using enkapsis theory for unravelling societal complexities - the case of Uber, CEUR-WS.org, http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85040520618&partnerID=8YFLogxK