Dr Christina Boshuijzen van Burken
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Christina Boshuijzen van Burken

UNSW Canberra
School of Systems & Computing

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 Education, 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, Queensland University of Technology in Australia and 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. 

Christine currently holds a Trusted Autonomous Systems - Defence Cooperative Research Centre (TAS DCRC) Ethics Uplift Fellowship. 

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.  




  • Book Chapters | 2022
    van Burken CB, 2022, 'Ethics and Technology', in Verweij D; Olsthoorn P; van Baarle E (ed.), Ethics and Military Practice, Brill Nijhoff, Leiden, pp. 67 - 82
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Boshuijzen-van Burken C, 2021, 'Modern military operations: A normative practice approach to moral decision making', in Research Anthology on Military and Defense Applications, Utilization, Education, and Ethic, pp. 522 - 535, http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-9029-4.ch028
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Boshuijzen-van Burken C, 2020, 'Ethiek en Techniek', in Verweij D (ed.), Ethiek en de militaire praktijk, Boom, Amsterdam, pp. 109 - 129
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Altuncu MT; Balcisoy S; Frydenlund E; Mamei M; Lippi M; Pancotto F; Arslanl\i KY; Sezgin E; Bensason I; Boshuijzen-van Burken C; others , 2019, 'Policy Implications of the D4R Challenge', in Guide to mobile data analytics in refugee scenarios, Springer Nature, Cham, pp. 477 - 477, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12554-7
    Book Chapters | 2019
    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
    Book Chapters | 2019
    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
    Book Chapters | 2019
    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
    Book Chapters | 2018
    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
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Boshuijzen–van Burken C; Haftor DM, 2017, 'Complexities and dilemmas in the sharing economy: the Uber case', in
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Boshuijzen-van Burken C; van Bezooijen B, 2015, 'Morally responsible decision making in networked military operations', in Responsible Innovation 2, Springer, Cham, pp. 265 - 282
    Book Chapters | 2013
    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
    Book Chapters | 2012
    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 | 2018
    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 | 2023
    Boshuijzen-van Burken C, 2023, 'Value Sensitive Design for autonomous weapon systems – a primer', Ethics and Information Technology, 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10676-023-09687-w
    Journal articles | 2020
    Boshuijzen-Van Burken C; Goede R; van Niekerk A, 2020, 'Reflections on the humanitarian logistics for refugees in the Netherlands from three perspectives: Maslow, Max-Neef, and Dooyeweerd', Philosophia Reformata, 85, pp. 157 - 180, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/23528230-8502A004
    Journal articles | 2020
    Conradie EM; Boshuijzen-Van Burken C, 2020, 'Facing wicked problems in an age dominated by technology: Questioning the dominant split between heaven and earth', Philosophia Reformata, 85, pp. 115 - 118, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/23528230-8502A009
    Journal articles | 2019
    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, 36, pp. 715 - 726, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sres.2623
    Journal articles | 2018
    Boshuijzen - van Burken CG, 2018, 'Waarden in de vluchtelingenketen', Sophie, 8, pp. 8 - 11
    Journal articles | 2018
    Boshuijzen - van Burken CG, 2018, 'Wat zijn waarden?', Sophie, 8, pp. 12 - 15
    Journal articles | 2017
    Boshuijzen-van Burken C; Haftor DM, 2017, 'An Assessment of the Uber App�s Normative Practice', Philosophia Reformata, 82, pp. 192 - 215
    Journal articles | 2016
    Boshuijzen-van Burken C, 2016, 'Beyond technological mediation: a normative practice approach', Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology
    Journal articles | 2015
    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)
    Journal articles | 2013
    Van Burken CG, 2013, 'La arbitrariedad de la tecnología: Los riesgos en las operaciones apoyadas por redes p. 2',
    Journal articles | 2013
    van Burken CG, 2013, 'The Non-neutrality of Technology: pitfalls of network-enabled operations', Military Review, 93, pp. 39 - 47
    Journal articles | 2012
    Van Burken CG; De Vries MJ, 2012, 'Extending the theory of normative practices: An application to two cases of networked military operations', Philosophia Reformata, 77, pp. 135 - 154
    Journal articles | 2011
    Burken V, 2011, 'Valkuilen van genetwerkt optreden: een techniek-filosofische analyse', Militaire Spectator, 180, pp. 77 - 86
    Journal articles | 2006
    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, 24, pp. 220 - 228
  • Conference Papers | 2023
    Assaad Z; Boshuijzen-Van Burken C, 2023, 'Ethics and Safety of Human-Machine Teaming', in ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3597512.3600205
    Conference Papers | 2023
    Boshuijzen-van Burken C; Spruit S; Fillerup L; Mouter N, 2023, 'Value Sensitive Design meets Participatory Value Evaluation for autonomous systems in Defence', in 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology (ETHICS), IEEE, presented at 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology (ETHICS), 18 May 2023 - 20 May 2023, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ethics57328.2023.10155025
    Conference Papers | 2022
    van Burken CB; Singh S; Baggiarini B, 2022, 'A Feasibility Study for inclusion of Ethics and Social issues in Engineering and Design Coursework in Australia', in Järvinen H-M; Santiago S; Llorens A; Nagy B (eds.), Towards a new future in engineering education, new scenarios that European alliances of tech universities open up, Barcelona, pp. 140 - 150, presented at 50th Annual Conference of The European Society for Engineering Education, Barcelona, 19 September 2022 - 22 September 2022, http://dx.doi.org/10.5821/conference-9788412322262.1404
    Other | 2020
    Boshuijzen-van Burken C; Conradie E (ed.), 2020, Special Issue: Facing Wicked Problems in an Age Dominated by Technology: Questioning the Dominant Split between Heaven and Earth, Brill, Leiden, , https://brill.com/view/journals/phir/85/2/phir.85.issue-2.xml
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Boshuijzen-van Burken C, 2019, 'From the example of the BSSS (Battlefield Super Soldier Suit), towards a responsibility ethics for military enhancement', in Boisboissel G; Revue M (ed.), Enriched proceedings of the international symposium "Enhancing soldiers A EUROPEAN ETHICAL APPROACH" held on October 16, 2019 in Paris, CREC Saint-Cyr and EuroISME, Paris, France, presented at Enhancing soldiers A EUROPEAN ETHICAL APPROACH, Paris, France, 16 October 2019, https://www.euroisme.eu/images/Documents/OtherPublications/Le-soldat-augmente-19-06-2020-web-VFinal.pdf
    Conference Papers | 2019
    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', pp. 469 - 583
    Conference Papers | 2019
    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), IEEE, pp. 1 - 12, IEEE
    Other | 2019
    Gore R; Wozny P; Dignum FPM; Shults FL; Boshuijzen-van Burken C; Royakkers L, 2019, A value sensitive agent based model of the refugee crisis in The Netherlands, Society for Modelling and Simulation SCS, Society for Modelling and Simulation SCS,
    Conference Abstracts | 2018
    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
    Other | 2017
    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
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Boshuijzen-van Burken CG, 2017, 'A proposal for a value sensitive design approach to modelling the refugee chain', pp. 501 - 502
    Theses / Dissertations | 2014
    van Burken C, 2014, Moral decision making in network enabled operations, http://dx.doi.org/10.6100/IR778508
    Conference Papers | 2011
    Burken V, 2011, 'Non-neutrality of mobile network technologies : the example of network controlled nuclear detection', ITCSM, Prague, Czech Republic, pp. 104 - 109
    Conference Papers | 2011
    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
    Conference Papers | 2010
    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
    Conference Papers | 2010
    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
    Theses / Dissertations | 2006
    van Burken C, 2006, " He Shoots Faster Than His Shadow":-’speed’in Military Technology as an Ethical Challenge, Vrije Universiteit

Ethically aligned cyberbullying detection tool, SysCom Rapid Research Fund (2023, $23k, team grant)

Ethics of Battlefield AI, UNSW Canberra AI Hub Seed Funding ((2022/2023, $50k, team grant)

Socially and Ethically informed Engineering and Design (2021/2022, $23k, internal grant, together with Dr. Bianca Baggiarini; 2022/2023 $15k)  

Trusted Autonomous Systems DCRC - Ethics Uplift Program Fellowship (2022/2023, $250k) 

In my current research I focus on Value Sensitive Design for autonomous weapon systems. This research is part of a large project in which Defence, industry and academics work together on a more ethical development of autonomous weapon systems.

Ph.D. scholarships of $35,000 (AUD) (per year) are available for high-achieving students (H1/High Distinction in their UG program and/or have completed a Masters by Research) with an interest in ethics of technology, values in autonomous systems, reformational philosophy, ethics of military systems in Defence, under Dr. Christine Boshuijzen-van Burken's supervision. Please contact me if you are interested.

My Research Supervision

Rhiannon Nee-Salvador

Matthew Anderson