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Erik Aarden is a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow sponsored by the European Union Seventh Framework Program. During his stay with the Harvard STS Program he will be working on the research project ‘Negotiating local and global requirements in biomedical research: the case of biobanking’. In this project he will study the use of biobanks as global infrastructures for research in genomics in relation to their localized configuration in particular places around the globe. Themes of particular interest are both global and local (ethical) governance of biobanks, interactions between global standardization and local operability and considerations underlying donor recruitment and object of study.
The project will run for a total of three years, with the final year being supervised by Prof. Wiebe Bijker at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
He holds a M.A. degree in Culture and Arts from Maastricht University (2004) and received his doctoral degree for a comparative study of the distribution of access to genetic technologies in health care systems in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (2010). After completing his PhD degree, Erik worked on several research projects at Maastricht University, including a study of health care financing in the Netherlands for a renowned advisory council of Dutch government and several EU financed projects on science and society.
Since January 2011 Erik has been a staff member with the Association of German Engineer’s (VDI) Chair of Futures Studies at the Institute of Political Science of RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He is on sabbatical leave from this position for the duration of his Fellowship.