Hugo Alrøe

PhD, Member of Administrative Staff

Hugo Alrøe
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Hugo F. Alrøe held a position as Associate Professor in philosophy of science and ethics at the Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, until 2014, where he worked mainly in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research projects within the field of food, agriculture and environment. He has a M.Sc. in horticultural science and a PhD in systemic research methodology and ethics with particular regard to organic agriculture, both from Copenhagen University.

In philosophy of science he works on the development of a perspectivist framework for cross-disciplinary research, building on earlier theories of perspectivism, pragmatist philosophy, relational metaphysics, Peircean semiotics, biosemiotics, cybernetic theories of cognition and learning, and autopoietic systems theory. Two important aspects of this framework are the necessary connection of scientific knowledge with the observational apparatus and the role of values as a necessary and built-in element in science.

In ethics he is primarily concerned with what might be called ‘systems ethics’ - ethics in relation to complex societal, technological and ecological systems - working with ethical concepts such as sustainability, the precautionary principle and ecological justice. This work builds on the ethics of responsibility, the land ethic and more recent work in technological and environmental ethics, as well as his work on science and cognition.

Hugo Alrøe was the leader of MultiTrust, a large inter- and transdisciplinary project on “Multicriteria assessment and communication of effects of organic food systems”, which ran 2011-2014 financed by the Danish Ministry of Food.

Currently Hugo Alrøe works as scientific officer at the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS)

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