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Hugo Fjelsted Alrøe (picture)

Senior scientist [Projektseniorforsker]
Integrated Geographical and Social Studies
Department of Agroecology and Environment
Faculty of Agricultural Science
Aarhus University

Forskningscenter Foulum, Blichers Allé 20
Postbox 50, 8830 Tjele, Denmark
Phone: +45 8999 1679
Fax: +45 8999 1673
Email: hugo.alroe (AT)

Born 22. February 1964 in Denmark.
Married, two boys born in 1989 and 1999.

1.  Current research interests

  • Philosophy of science, research and cognition
    • systemic research methodology, reflexive objectivity
    • phenomenology of observation; cognitive contexts; complementarity; cognition and learning
    • pragmatist philosophy, peircean semiotics, second order cybernetics
    • social systems theories and network theories
    • polyocular approach to crossdisciplinary and crosscultural studies; expertise and experience
    • participatory approaches; science communication and access
  • Ethics and value inquiry
    • systemic ethics; ethics, cognition and awareness;
    • sustainability, commons and ecological justice; precaution and responsibility
    • relationary theories of quality and value; implications of construing problems in terms of qualities, values or ethics
    • perspectival analyses of animal welfare, nature quality, sustainability etc.
    • ethical principles and logo-poietic organizations; participation and access to knowledge
    • sustainable food systems and organic agriculture; technology assessments in a broad sense

And, not least, the interplay between these two broadly construed areas.

2.  Employments

2010-now: Senior Scientist, Department of Agroecology and Environment, Faculty of Agricultural Science, Aarhus University.
2008–2010: Senior Scientist, International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems.
2005–2008: Senior Scientist, Danish Research Centre for Organic Food and Farming.
2001–2005: Postdoctoral Scientist, Danish Research Centre for Organic Farming.
1998–2001: Research assistant and Scholarship, Danish Research Centre for Organic Farming.
1992–1995: Postgraduate Scholarship, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark.
1993: Visiting Scholar, Department of Statistics, University of Washington, Seattle.
1991: Research assistant, Research Centre Foulum, Denmark

3.  Education

2001: Ph.D., Department of Agricultural Science, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
  • Thesis: Wholeness-oriented research in agriculture – contributions to systemic methodology and ethics: An inquiry into the relation between science and values with particular regard to organic agriculture. [Helhedsorienteret forskning i jordbrug - bidrag til systemisk metodik og etik: En undersøgelse af forholdet mellem videnskab og værdier med særlig reference til økologisk jordbrug]
1989: M.Sc. (cand. hort.), The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
  • Thesis: At tænke sig en tilblivelse. Overvejelser om forklaring og forståelse af natur og evolution. [Subjects: philosophy of science, theories of knowledge, theories of evolution.]

4.  Community responsibilities (organizing, editing, reviewing, …)

2007–2008: Co-planning and coordinating an ICROFS knowledge synthesis on Market based growth, development and integrity in the Danish organic sector
2007–2008: Peer reviewer for The Second International Scientific Conference On Organic Agriculture (ISOFAR)
2005-now: Peer reviewer for J. Agricultural end Environmental Ethics, Agriculture and Human Values and J. of Agricultural Science
2005–2008: Expert member of the IFOAM Task Force on articulating the Definition of Organic Agriculture.
2005: Peer reviewer for The International Scientific Conference On Organic Agriculture (ISOFAR)
2004–2007: Leader of Work Package 2 on Identifying and integrating basic ethical values of organic agriculture in the development of the EU Regulation in the EU research project Organic Revision that is to support the revision of the EU regulation on organic agriculture.
2004–now: Initiator and administrator of EcoWiki, a site for ”cooperative web work on organic agriculture and food systems, and related issues”.
2004: Main scientific organizer of the international workshop Organic agriculture in a global perspective – Globalisation, sustainable development and ecological justice, 22. - 23. April 2004, Palace Hotel, Copenhagen (DARCOF Internal Report no. 57).
2004: Peer reviewer on Schjønning, P.; Elmholt, S. and Christensen, B.T., Eds. (2004) Managing Soil Quality: Challenges in Modern Agriculture. CABI Publishing.
2004: Peer reviewer on Vaarst, Mette; Roderick, Steve; Lund, Vonne and Lockerets, William, Eds. (2004) Animal health and welfare in organic agriculture. CABI Publishing.
2003–2005: Planning and coordinating a DARCOF knowledge synthesis on Organic agriculture in a global perspective and co-editing a CABI book based on the knowledge synthesis: Global Development of Organic Agriculture: Challenges and Prospects.
2003–2005: Expert member of the IFOAM Task Force on Rewriting the Principles of Organic Agriculture. The participatory work process is documented at
2003: Co-organizer of the workshop Integritet i økologisk jordbrug – og i forskningen [Integrity in organic agriculture – and in research], Forskningscenter Foulum, 3. december 2003. (FØJO Intern Rapport nr. 53.)
2003: Co-organizer of a series of seminars on systems research and systems theory in agriculture, Bedriftsstudier, systemteori og systemisk forskning, Research Centre Foulum, 19 February – 6. May 2003.
2003: Co-writer on the application for an EU-financed targeted research project Research to support revision of the EU Regulation on organic agriculture (FP6−502397).
2002–2006: Initiator, main developer and administrator of Organic Eprints, the international open access archive for papers related to research in organic agriculture.
2002–2004: Member of the Delphi panel for the research project Organic Agriculture in Social Entirety – Principles versus Practices (DARCOF II, project no. III.9).
2001: Editor (with Knud Tybirk) of Naturkvalitet i økologisk jordbrug [Nature quality in organic agriculture], FØJO rapport nr. 9.
2000–2005: Responsible for work package 3 Systems research methodology and value inquiry in the project “Co-ordination, synergy and education – increasing the width and depth of research in organic farming” (DARCOF II, no. V).
2000: Co-organizer of a workshop with Richard Bawden, Research Centre Foulum, 28. October 2002.
1999 - 2003: Member of the Board of Editors for Studies in Pragmatism and Values, a special series of the Value Inquiry Book Series published by Editions Rodopi.
1999–2000: Co-writer on the application for the project Co-ordination, synergy and education – increasing the width and depth of research in organic farming (DARCOF II, no. V).
1999: Editor (with Claus Bo Andreasen) of Natur, miljø og ressourcer i økologisk jordbrug [Nature, environment and resources in organic agriculture], FØJO rapport nr. 3.
1998: Co-organizer of the workshop Forskningsmetodik i økologisk jordbrug [Research methodology in organic agriculture], Forskningscenter Foulum, 27. oktober 1998. (FØJO Intern Rapport nr. 14.)

5.  Networks and societies

2008–now: Member of the Society for Biosemiotics
2007-now: Member of the Aarhus Network for Science, Technology, and Medicine Studies
2005–now: Member of Philosophy of Science Association
2005–2007: Member of the European Society for Rural Sociology
2005–2007: Member of British Society for the Philosophy of Science
2005–now: Member of Dansk Filosofisk Selskab
2005–now: Member of Dansk Luhman Forum

2004–2007: Member of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) and ESEE-Scandinavia.

2003–now: Member of the International Society for Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR)
2003–now: Member of The Research Committee on Sociocybernetics, RC51, of the International Sociological Association (ISA).
2003–now: Member of Sociologisk Forum, Aarhus Universitet
2002–now: Member of various Open Access networks, including the Open Archives Initiative (OAI)
2000–now: Member of the Charles S. Peirce Society.
2000–now: Member of European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (EurSafe)
1999–2006: Member of Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN)
1999–2000: Member of ‘’Studiekreds om landbrugs- fiskeri- og fødevareetik”, Nordisk Sommeruniversitet.
1998–2001: Member of FAO Sustainable Rural Environment and Energy Network (SREN), Working group on Research in Organic Farming.
1998–now: Member of Kvalitativt netværk ved DJF [Network for qualitative research in and philosophical perspectives on research in the agricultural and veterinary field].
1996–2006: Member of PEIRCE-L (The International Peirce Telecommunity).

6.  Publications

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