I am a social scientist, with a background in both Cultural Anthropology and Social Informatics.

Over the past nineteen years, I have worked as a researcher at the University of Amsterdam (1999-2003), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003-2007), and the University of Oxford (2007-2017) and as a self-employed consultant (2012 - present).












I work as a researcher in the field of Social Informatics, hence the domain name of this website.

Social Informatics is defined as the interdisciplinary study of the design, uses, and consequences of ICTs that takes into account their interaction with institutional and cultural context. The aim of SI is not only to enlarge academic understanding of ICTs, but also to inform public policy debates and professional practice.

I study the social aspects of computerisation at three levels. First of all, I examine interaction with ICT at the personal level, which relates to the individual's experience with ICT (e.g. HCI - human computer interaction, physiological issues). Secondly, I investigate the interaction of ICT at the organisational (micro) level (i.e. aspects of implementing large-scale ICT applications). And finally, I look at the interaction of ICT and society at the macro level, which relates to general societal changes due to ICT.

I am interested in the following research topics:

  • Social, economical, legal, political, and ethical implications of new and emerging technologies (e.g. biometrics, electronic voting, e-government systems, location tracking systems, large-scale security systems, automated border control systems, smart city technologies);

  • User participation and co-design as practical forms of (computer) system design;

  • Defining user requirements for new applications;

  • Stakeholder engagement in large-scale complex systems;

  • Usability and user-experience of technologies;

  • Privacy and human rights aspects in relation to ICT;

  • Public trust issues;

  • Online activism;

  • Empirical "small" data analysis.

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