Michel Bourban

Welcome to my website!

I am a researcher in moral, political, and legal philosophy. I work on several fields, including climate justice and climate ethics, environmental philosophy, global justice, animal ethics, intergenerational justice, the ethics of technological innovation, effective altruism, and citizenship theory. I am interested in topics such as sustainability, eco-anxiety, energy transition, citizenship, human rights, and ideal and non-ideal theory. I am also interested in the history of philosophy, especially the moral and political philosophy of Hutcheson, Rousseau, Kant, and Rawls.

I teach political philosophy, on topics such as the philosophy of human rights, political liberalism, theories of sovereignty, political liberty, just war theories, and intergenerational justice. I also teach moral philosophy, especially global ethics, sustainability ethics, climate ethics, and big data ethics. Finally, I regularly teach the political thought of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Mill, Tocqueville, Arendt, and Rawls.

I am Assistant Professor in Environmental Ethics in the Section of Philosophy at the University of Twente. I work on two related research projects. The first is on the relationship between cosmopolitan citizenship, ecological citizenship, and sustainability. The second project investigates ethical questions raised by geoengineering measures, especially negative emissions technologies. I am also a member of the Horizon 2020 TechEthos project, which deals with the ethics of new and emerging technologies with high socio-economic impact.

This website provides access to information on my (short) biography, my (existing and forthcoming) publications, my (past and upcoming) talks, my teachings, and my reviewing and outreach activities.

If you want to get in touch with me, please send an email to m.bourban@utwente.nl