UMC Utrecht Brain Center
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
University Medical Center Utrecht
Str 4.123
PO Box 85060, 3508 AB Utrecht
The Netherlands

Contact Information

Email: B.J.vanBalen @

Research Interests

  • (Post-)Phenomenology
  • Brain-Computer Interface
  • Neuroethics
  • Philosophy of Personhood
  • Technosocial disruption
  • User-centered design

Bouke van Balen

PhD candidate


Bouke van Balen followed an interdisciplinary Bachelor Program at the University of Amsterdam eventually graduating in Neuropsychology and Philosophy. He did his MSc in Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society at University of Twente. He is currently a PhD student in a joint endeavor with TU Eindhoven and TU Delft on the Ethics and Philosophy of BCIs, researching the ethics of BCIs and their disruptive potential for the conception of personhood. His research is part of the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies research program.