Joeri Witteveen

Joeri Witteveen

Assistant professor, tenure track, Associate Professor

Member of:

  • History and Philosophy of Science

Joeri Witteveen is a philosopher and history of science with a specialization in history and philosophy of biology. He studied at Maastricht University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the London School of Economics. He obtained his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College).

Joeri has been a visiting fellow at several universities and research institutes, including the Australian National University, the Egenis Centre for the Life Science at the University of Exeter, the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research near Vienna, and the Humanities Institute of the New York Botanical Garden (as Andrew W. Mellon Fellow).

He was PI of the research project The Nature of Naming and the Naming of Nature (2017-2022), for which he received a VENI early career research grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and a Pegasus Marie-Curie Grant from the Flemish Science Foundation (not taken up). He also served as co-PI for the research project Productive Ambiguity in Classification (2018-2021), together with philosophers, historians, taxonomists and bio-informaticians from Arizona State University. Starting in April 2022 he will be PI of the 4-year research project Tackling the Conservationist’s Dilemma. This project is sponsored by a Sapere Aude research leader grant from the Danish Research Council (DFF). This research project will study how to best navigate the epistemic and ethical tensions between science and policy making at the interface between biological taxonomy species conservation action.

Joeri is associate editor of Acta Biotheoretica (Springer) and is a member of the Editorial Board of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (Elsevier).

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