dr. N. Jacobs (Naomi)

Assistant Professor


Business & Economics
Health Technology
Social Sciences
Ethical Concerns
Arts & Humanities


I work as an assistant professor in bioethics with a strong focus on new medical technologies at the philosophy department of the University of Twente.

My research takes place at the intersection of bioethics and ethics of technology. Working with Capability Sensitive Design and Value Sensitive Design, I explore how ethics can be implemented into the design of emerging data-driven health technologies. I'm especially interested in the ethical significance of vulnerability for the design of new health technologies. I am interested, for instance, in how eHealth applications aim to help people achieve better health but instead often exacerbate people‚Äôs vulnerabilities or even create new vulnerabilities. I explore how philosophical insights on the moral significance of vulnerability and (epistemic) justice can be translated to the concrete and technical domain of design with the help of Value Sensitive Design and Capability Sensitive Design



Jacobs, N. (2021). Capability Sensitive Design: Ethisch Technologieontwerp voor Gezondheid en Welzijn. Podium voor bio-ethiek, 28(4), 35-38.
Jacobs, N., & IJsselsteijn, W. (2021). Bridging the Theory-Practice Gap: Design-Experts on Capability Sensitive Design. International journal of technoethics, 12(2), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJT.2021070101
Jacobs, N. (2020). Capability Sensitive Design for Health and Wellbeing Technologies. Science and engineering ethics, 26(6), 3363-3391. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-020-00275-5
Jacobs, N. (2019). Een Museum voor het Ongeluk. In Mobiliteit Ontmoet Filosofie (Mobiliteit Ontmoet Filosofie). CROW.
Jacobs, N. (2019). De Kwetsbaarheid van Femtech. Podium voor bio-ethiek, 26(4), 13-15.
Jacobs, N. (2018). Boven op de Toverberg. In Onzelf Voorbij: Kijken naar wat we liever niet zien De Arbeiderspers.
Jacobs, N., & Huldtgren, A. (2018). Why Value Sensitive Design Needs Ethical Commitments. Ethics and information technology, 23(1), 23-26. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10676-018-9467-3
Jacobs, N. (2017). Viering van het Vreemde. In Ruimte voor een Stad in Balans: Essays over Rotterdam Gemeente Rotterdam.
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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

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University of Twente
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