Michael Nagenborg

Dr. Michael Nagenborg

Department of Philosophy
University of Twente
Post Box 217
7500 AE Enschede

Cubicus, C 324
Tel. 053 489 3428 / 3297


Michael Nagenborg is an assistant professor for Philosophy of Technology (tenure-tracked) at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente.

He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy (University Karlsruhe, Germany). His doctoral thesis has been on Privacy and ICT.

From 2007 to 2013 he has been a member of the Research Centre for Security Ethics at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (University of Tübingen, Germany).

He is also a co-editor of the book series “Aspekte der Medizinphilosophie” (Aspects of Medical Philosophy”, in German) and co-organizes the annual meeting on medical philosophy connected to the book series.


Master level

  • Philosophical Anthropology and Human-Technology Relations (PSTS)
  • Philosophy of Mind, Body & Technology (PSTS, Co-Teacher)

Minor: Philosophy of Science and Technology

  • Philosophical Anthropology

REST teaching

  • Medical Technology (Ethics, Co-Teacher)
  • Industrial Design (Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, Co-Teacher)
  • Psychology (Philosophy of Psychology, Co-Teacher)

Administration & Management

February 2014 – present: Managing Director of 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technologies (

2014 – 2016: Board member of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technologies (2014-2016)


Michael Nagenborg’s current research lies at the intersection of philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Technology. He is especially interested in the interplay of technology, culture, and the meaning of being human.

Key areas

  • Cities (Urban technologies, Cities as mid-size objects)
  • Ethics of technologies
  • Dark technologies
  • Surveillance studies
  • Philosophy of the body
  • Philosophy of (sub)culture(s)

Current projects

Past projects (selection)

Key publications

  • Surveillance and Persuasion. In: Ethics and Information Technologies, Vol. 16 (2014), No. 1, 43-49, DOI: 10.1007/s10676-014-9339-4.
  • Ethik als Partnerin in der Technikgestaltung. In: Regina Ammicht Quinn (ed.): Sicherheitsethik. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2013, pp. S. 241-252. (German)
  • Ethics and Robotics. Amsterdam: ISO Press 2009. (Co-Editor)
  • Designing Spheres of Informational Justice. In: Information Technology and Ethics, Vol. 11 (2009), No. 3, S. 175-179.

A full list of publications can be found at Michael Nagenborg’s German webpage.

Advisory Boards

Ethical Advisory Boards

Michael Nagenborg has been a member of the Ethical Advisory Boards of the following European research projects/networks:

  • Virtual Centre of Excellence for Ethically-guided and Privacy-respecting Video Analytics in Security (Videosense) (2013-2015)
  • Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies (IRISS, FP7) (2012-2014)
  • Alert for All (A4A, FP7) (2011-2013)
  • Football Research in an enlarged Europe (FREE, FP7) (2012-2015)