• Computer Science

    • Design
    • Vulnerable People
  • Nursing and Health Professions

    • Female
    • Gender
    • Nomenclature
    • Privacy
    • Reliability
  • Psychology

    • Vulnerability


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.┬áWorking with Capability Sensitive Design and Value Sensitive Design,┬áI explore how ethics can be implemented into the design of emerging data-driven health technologies. I'm especially┬áinterested in the ethical┬ásignificance of vulnerability for the design of new health technologies.┬áI am interested, for instance, in how eHealth applications aim to help people achieve better health but instead often exacerbate peopleÔÇÖs 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.


Ethical perspectives on femtech: Moving from concerns to capability-sensitive designsBioethics, 37(5), 430-439. Jacobs, N. & Evers, J. About Technology: An Introduction to Philosophy of TechnologyIn Second Thoughts. First Introductions to Philosophy. Tilburg University Press. Jacobs, N., Lanzing, M. & Stevens, M.Disruptie: De Kunstmatige Baarmoeder en het idee van (goed) moederschapWijsgerig perspectief op maatschappij en wetenschap, 63(1). Jacobs, N.

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Courses academic year 2023/2024

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Courses academic year 2022/2023

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