Visiting address

University of Twente Cubicus C324 Enschede

Mail address

Department of Philosophy University of Twente Postbus 217 7500 AE Enschede The Netherlands


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Michael Nagenborg 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).

Dr. Nagenborg is co-leading the NWO-funded project BRIdging Data in the built Environment (BRIDE) (2018-2022).

He is a board member of the Philosophy of the City Research Group, advisor to the European research project its4land (2016-2020), the Nordic Centre of Excellence for Security Technologies and Societal Values (NordSTEVA) and the German Institut fuer digitale Ethik at the Media University Stuttgart. Finally, he is a member of the Ethics Committee of the ITC faculty of the University of Twente.

He has been a member of the management committee of the COST action Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS), a substitute management team member of the COST action Fostering knowledge about the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies and Public Spaces supported by strategies to improve their use and attractiveness (CYBERPARKS) (2014-2018), and a board member of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technologies (2014-2016).

Research interests

  • Philosophy of Technology (Urban technologies)
  • Applied Ethics

Scientific publications (selection)


  • M. Kuffer, J. Wang, M. Nagenborg, K. Pfeffer, D. Kohli, R. Sliuzas, C. Persello (2018). The Scope of Earth-Observation to Improve the Consistency of the SDG Slum Indicator. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 428. available online
  • M. Nagenborg (2018). Urban Robotics and Responsible Urban Innovation. Ethics and information technology, 1-11. DOI: 10.1007/s10676-018-9446-8 available online


  • M. Nagenborg (2017). Hidden in plain sight: Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges. In T. Timan, B. C. Newell, & B-J. Koops (Eds.), Privacy in Public Space: Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges (pp. 47–63 ). Edward Elgar. DOI: 10.4337/9781786435408.00008


  • A. van Wynsberghe and M. Nagenborg (2016): Civilizing drones by design. In: E. Di Nucci & F. Santoni de Sio (eds.): Drones and responsibility: legal, philosophical and socio-technical perspectives. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 148-166.


  • M. Nagenborg (2015): Security Technologies. In: J. B. Holbrook (Ed.), Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering (2nd ed., Vol. 4. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA 2015, pp. 118-120.
  • M. Nagenborg (2015): Security, Concept and History. In: J. B. Holbrook (Ed.), Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering (2nd ed., Vol. 4). Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA 2015, pp. 116-118.
  • Michael Nagenborg and Jessica Heesen (2015): Der Sicherheitsbegriff in systematischer und historischer Perspektive. In: Rita Haverkamp und Harald Arnold (Hg.): Subjektive und objektivierte Bedingungen von (Un-)Sicherheit. Studien zum Barometer Sicherheit in Deutschland (BaSiD). Berlin: Duncker und Humboldt, S. 31-42.
  • Smart oder Stereotyp? - Michael Nagenborg zu Klaus Wiegerling: Philosophie intelligenter Welten. In: Gerhard Gramm, Petra Gehring, Christoph Hubig, Andreas Kaminski, Alfred Nordmann (Hg.): Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie 2015: Ding und System. Zürich & Berlin: diaphanes, S. 217-18. available online


  • J. Heesen, D. F. Lorenz, M. Nagenborg, B. Wenzel, M. Voss (2014): Blind Spots on Achilles’ Heel: The Limitations of Vulnerability and Resilience Mapping in Research. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. DOI: 10.1007/s13753-014-0014-5
  • Nagenborg, M. (2014): Surveillance and persuasion, Ethics and Information Technology, 16(1), 43-49 available online


  • M. Nagenborg (2013): Ethik als Partnerin in der Technikgestaltung. In: Regina Ammicht Quinn (Ed.): Sicherheitsethik. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2013, pp. 241-252
  • M. Nagenborg (2013): Medien. In: Armin Grunwald (Ed.): Handbuch der Technikethik. Stuttgart und Weimar: J. B. Metzler 2013, pp. 314-318
  • M. Nagenborg (2013): Widerstand im Zeichen der Maske: Anonymous, Hackerethik(en) und die Frage nach dem Subjekt im Zeitalter digitaler Identitäten. In: Martin Emmer, Alexander Filipovic, Jan-Hinrik Schmidt und Ingrid Stapf (Eds.) (2013): Echtheit, Wahrheit, Ehrlichkeit. Authentizität in der Online-Kommunikation. Weinheim: Juventa 2013, pp. 110-120
  • M. Nagenborg, T. Matzner, H. Koch (2013): Sicherheitsethik. In: Matthias Maring (Ed.): Bereichsethiken im interdisziplinären Dialog. Karlsruhe: KIT Scientific Publishing 2014, pp. 147-162.


  • M. Nagenborg (2009): Designing Spheres of Informational Justice. In: Information Technology and Ethics, 11(3), 175-179.
  • M. Nagenborg, C. Hoffstadt (2009): A life no longer worth playing - Some remarks on in-game suicide. In: Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds, 1(2), 83-95.

Professional/Popular publications (selection)


  • Nagenborg, M. (2015): Neue Herausforderungen und Fortschritt in der Ethik. In: R. Ammicht Quinn und Thomas Potthast (Hg.), Ethik in den Wissenschaften. 1 Konzept. 25 Jahre. 50 Perspektiven. Tübingen: IZEW, 191-198.


  • C. Hoffstadt, M. Nagenborg (2010): You’re too Fuckin’ Metal for Your Own Good! Controlled Anger and the Expression of Intensity and Authenticity in Post-modern Heavy Metal. In: Niall W. R. Scott (Ed.): The Metal Void. First Gatherings. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, p. 37-45


  • C. Hoffstadt, M. Nagenborg (2009): Game Developers, Gods, and Surveillance.In: Luke Cuddy, John Norderlinger (Eds.): World of Warcraft and Philosophy. Chicago - La Salle, Ill.: Open Court 2009, S. 195-202.