Dr Rosalie Waelen

Rosalie Waelen
© Markus Franke

University of Bonn

Sustainable AI Lab
Institut für Wissenschaft und Ethik
Bonner Talweg 57
53113 Bonn
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(October 2023)

Research focus

  • AI ethics

  • Applied ethics

  • Practical philosophy

  • Philosophy of technology

  • Critical theory


  • 2023-present: Researcher, Sustainable AI Lab, Institute for Science and Ethics (IWE), University of Bonn (Germany)

  • 2019-2023: PhD student, Section Philosophy, University of Twente (The Netherlands)

  • May-July 2022: Visiting Graduate Student, Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST), University of Toronto (Canada)

  • October 2021-January 2022: Visiting Researcher, Rathenau Instituut, The Hague (The Netherlands)


  • September 2023: PhD in AI Ethics, University of Twente (The Netherlands)

  • June 2019: MA in Applied Ethics, Linköping University (Sweden)

  • July 2018: MA in Philosophy (Cum Laude), KU Leuven (Belgium)

  • July 2017: BA in Philosophy and Political Science, KU Leuven (Belgium)


  • June 2019: Achievement Award for excellence in the 1-year international master´s programme Applied Ethics (Linköping University)


Peer-reviewed articles

Book chapters

  • Waelen, R. (Forthcoming Fall 2023). A critical approach to AI ethics. In S. Lindgren (Ed.), Handbook of Critical Studies of Artificial Intelligence. Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Waelen, R., & Brey, P. A. E. (2022). Ethical dimensions of facial recognition and video analytics in surveillance. In M. Boylan, & W. Teays (Eds.), Ethics in the AI, Technology, and Information Age (pp. 217-231). Rowman & Littlefield.

Book reviews

  • Waelen, R. (2022). Boekbespreking: Wij, Robots. Een filosofische blik op technologie en artificiële intelligentie. Privacy en Informatie, 2.


Recent talks (Selected)

  • June 2023: ´The role of hope in a critical theory of technology´, Workshop on Political Hope, University of Bonn, Germany (Invited speaker)

  • June 2023: ´Datafication and exploitation´, Bi-annual SPT conference, Society of Philosophy of Technology, Japan

  • January 2023: ´Ethics of using cameras in public space´ (in Dutch), VVGS, Belgium (remote) (Invited speaker)

  • November 2022: ´Why AI ethics is a critical theory´, Workshop on Ethical Theories for AI, Bremen University, Germany

  • October 2022: Panel ´Critical AI Studies´, TAIGA launch event, Umeå University, Sweden (Invited speaker)

  • September 2022: ´Datafication and exploitation´, Exploitation and exploitations conference, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

  • December 2021: ´Why AI ethics is a critical theory´, Bi-annual Budapest Philosophy of Technology conference (BudPT), Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

  • October 2021: ´Gender bias in AI and Honneth´s Struggle for Recognition´, Workshop on bias and discrimination in algorithmic decision making (BIAS), Leibniz University, Germany


  • TA in Philosophical Reflection course for 3rd-year bachelor students in Computer Science (University of Twente)

  • TA in History, Ethics, and Philosophy of Psychology course for 3rd-year bachelor students in Psychology (University of Twente)

Media (Selected)

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