Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984 – 1990
    Bachelor and Master Philosophy, University of Groningen

  • 1990
    Doctoral deegree Philosophy; Major: social philosophy; Minor: philosophy of science 2nd minor: social psychology

  • 1990 – 1991
    Junior researcher, Department Health Ethics and Philosophy, Fac. Health Sciences, University of Maastricht.

  • 1991
    Contract research for Ministry of Health: ‘Teaching Medical Ethics and Law in Medical Training and Education’

  • 1991 – 1993
    National Post-Graduate School ‘Science, Technology and Modern Culture’ for researchers in Science and Technology Studies

  • 1991 – 1995
    PhD student., Department Health Ethics and Philosophy, University of Maastricht. Assistent Teacher Department Health Ethics and Philosophy, University of Maastricht.

  • 1992 – 1995
    Several Post-graduate courses

  • 1997 – 2000
    Post-doc project ‘IT, Ethics and Privacy’, within the ‘Ethics & Policy’ program of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research at Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Department of Philosophy.

  • 1998
    PhD at University of Maastricht, Faculty of Health Sciences, January 30th. Promotores (thesis advisors): Prof.Dr.Ir. G.H. de Vries (University of Amsterdam), Prof.Dr. E.V. van Hall (State University of Leiden).Title thesis: Prosthetic Bodies. Female Embodiment in Reproductive Technologies

  • 1999
    Research/Travelling Grants from Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and Erasmus University to study biometric systems of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, USA.

  • 2001 – 2004
    Post-doc project ‘Quality of Care and Value Sensitive Design’, Information Technology and Ethics-program, Dutch Organization for Scientific Research at Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Institute for Health Care Policy and Management.

  • 2004 – 2007
    2,5 year FP6 SiS Specific Support Action project Biometric Technology & Ethics (BITE) responsible scientist/ participating partner at Erasmus University MC Rotterdam, Institute for Health Care Policy and Management.

  • 2006 – 2013
    Associate Professor (Lector) ‘Infonomics, New Media and Society’ at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Heerlen/Maastricht, The Netherlands

  • 2008 – 2014
    PI European Research Council Starting Grant for 5-year research programme 'Social and Ethical Aspects of Digital Identities. Towards a Value Sensitive Identity Management (DIGIDEAS)

  • Since 2013
    Senior Researcher and Research Theme Coordinator at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University

Selected publications

  • van der Ploeg, Irma (2002): Biometrics and the Body as Information: Normative Issues in the Socio-technical Coding of the Body. In: D. Lyon (ed.) Surveillance as Social Sorting: Privacy, Risk, and Automated Discrimination , New York: Routledge, 57-73.

  • van der Ploeg, Irma (2003): Biometrics and Privacy. A Note on the Politics of Theorizing Technology. Information, Communication, Society. Vol.6, No.1, 85-104.

  • van der Ploeg, Irma (2005): The Machine-Readable Body. Essays on Biometrics and the Informatization of the Body. Maastricht, Shaker.

  • van der Ploeg, Irma (2009): Machine-Readable Bodies: Biometrics, Informatisation and Surveillance In: E.Mordini, M. Green (eds) Identity, Security, and Democracy: Social, Ethical and Policy Implications of Automated Systems for Human Identification, IOS Press, NATO Science Series: Human and Societal Dynamics, Vol 49, pp. 85-94.

  • van der Ploeg, Irma (2010):. „Normative Assumptions in Biometrics: On bodily differences, in-built norms, and automated classifications“ in S. Van der Hof and M. Groothuis (eds) Innovating Government-Normative, policy and technological dimensions of modern government, The Hague: TMC Asser Press, pp. 29-40.

  • van der Ploeg, Irma (2011): Migration and the Machine-Readable Body: Identification and Biometrics. In: H Dijstelbloem, A. Meijer (eds) Migration and the New Technological Borders of Europe, Palgrave MacMillan.

  • van der Ploeg, Irma (2012): Security in the Danger Zone: Normative Issues of Next Generation Biometrics, in: E. Mordini and D. Tzovaras (eds.) Second Generation Biometrics, Springer.

  • van der Ploeg, Irma (2012): The body as Data in the Age of Information" in D. Lyon, K.Ball, K. Haggerty (eds) Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies.

  • van der Ploeg, Irma and Govert Valkenburg (2015) Materialities between security and privacy: a constructivist account of airport security scanners. Security Dialogue, Vol.46, No.4, pp. 326-344.

  • Irma van der Ploeg and Jason Pridmore (eds.) (2016) Digitizing Identities. Doing Identity in a Networked World. New York: Routledge.


Selected projects

  • Biometric Technology & Ethics (BITE) EU-FP6 project 009093, 2004 - 2007

  • Homeland Security, Identification & Ethics (HIDE) EU-FP7 SIS-2007- 1.2.2.3 CSA project No 217762, 2008 - 2011

  • 'Social and Ethical Aspects of Digital Identities. Towards a Value Sensitive Identity Management (DIGIDEAS). ERC Starting Grant, 2008 - 2013

  • Privacy and Security Mirrors (PRISMS) EU-FP7-SEC, 2012 - 2014

  • MobilePass EU-FP7-SEC, 2013 – 2016

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member Ethical Advisory Board ACTIBIO Project EU-FP7, ICT-2007-1-1.4 Collaborative project No. 215372, 2008 - 2011

  • Member Ethical Advisory Board FastPass Project EU-FP7, 2012 – 2016

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