• Warandelaan 2, Montesquieu Building, room M 724

    5037 AB Tilburg



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Research interests

I research the interface between big data, rights and democratic representation worldwide. My work looks at how people are represented through digital data, and particularly at social and economic inclusion and exclusion through data. I look at these problems in particular environments including the development and humanitarian response sectors, smart cities and living labs, and more broadly in the public sphere in countries worldwide.

I lead the ERC-funded Global Data Justice project, which seeks to identify common understandings amongst people worldwide about what constitutes just treatment in relation to data technologies. The Data Justice team of researchers will conduct fieldwork to understand how people experience the growing role of data as a social and policy tool, whether existing legal and rights systems reflect their understanding of data technologies' risks and benefits, and what governance gaps need to be filled. We aim to compare differing views across regions and cultures, and to draw on these to produce a concept of data justice that can provide the tools for thinking about and governing data technologies as a global phenomenon.


Tilburg University: Professor of International Data Governance. Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT)
Tilburg University; Associate Professor. Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT)
Tilburg University; Assistant Professor for Data Ethics, Law and Policy. Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT)
University of Amsterdam (2014-2016) Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellow, ?D4D: the development of ethical frameworks for the use of big data in development policy?. International Development Studies dept., Governance and Inclusive Development research group.
Oxford Internet Institute (2012-2014) Postdoctoral researcher, ?Accessing and Using Big Data to Advance Social Science Knowledge?.
Institute of Development Studies, UK (2007-12) Thesis: Global travellers on the digital dirt road: international mobility, networks and ICT diffusion in Ghana.

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External positions

Advisory board member (Multi MNO project)

20 Nov 202330 Jun 2025

Project proposal review, scientific strategy input (NIAS-Lorentz Center)

1 May 202131 May 2023

Scientific policy debates (De Jonge Akademie)

1 Mar 20201 Mar 2025


  • data justice
  • biometrics
  • big data
  • representation
  • Governance


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