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J. (Jilles) Smids

Postdoctoral researcher & lecturer

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  • Medical ethics and philosophy
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Jilles Smids is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer. His main research topic are the ethical questions around new cancer therapies that are (temporarily) deemed insufficiently cost-effective for reimbursement under national health insurance.

Field(s) of expertise

  • Justice in healthcare
  • Ethics of (medical) technology
  • Robot ethics
  • Traffic ethics
  • Ethics of risk
  • Ethics of behaviour change technology

Education and career

PhD thesis on the ethics of behaviour change technology.



Smids, J. (2018).
The Moral Case for Intelligent Speed Adaptation.
Journal of Applied Philosophy, 35(2), 205–221.

Smids, J. (2020).
Danaher’s Ethical Behaviourism: An Adequate Guide to Assessing the Moral Status of a Robot?
Science and Engineering Ethics.

Smids, J., Nyholm, S., & Berkers, H. (2020).
Robots in the Workplace: A Threat to—or Opportunity for—Meaningful Work?
Philosophy & Technology, 33(3), 503–522.


Teaching activities

Jilles teaches medical ethics and academic competencies in the bachelor Medicine. In addition, he co-coordinates and teaches in the Minor Ethics and Innovation in Healthcare.

Current research projects

Ethical access and reimbursement models for expensive new cancer treatments.