Scientific Advisory Board


Prof. Philip Brey - Department of Philosophy, University of Twente

Philip Brey (PhD, University of California, San Diego, 1995) is professor of philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is also scientific director of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology of the Universities of Twente, Delft, Eindhoven and Wageningen, a research center comprising over 70 researchers. He is also president of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT), and former president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT). He is on the editorial board of eleven leading journals and book series in his field, including Ethics and Information Technology, Nanoethics, Philosophy and Technology, Techné, Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology and Theoria.


Dr. Norbert Cyrus - Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION at European University Viadrina Frankfurt-Oder

Dr. Norbert Cyrus worked as researcher at the University of Bremen in the Unit for Intercultural Education from 2014-2016 in the EU-funded project Addressing Demand in Anti-Trafficking Efforts and Policies (DemandAT). In addition, research on irregular migration, migration control is continued. Cyrus has published numerous studies and articles on political, economic and social issues concerning irregular migration, particularly on aspects of undeclared employment of irregular migrants, institutional political and societal responses to irregular migration with a focus on (the interaction of) control and social policies. He holds a diploma in social and cultural anthropology (Free University Berlin 1992) and received his PhD on Labour Migration and Social Work from University Oldenburg in 2007. Previously, he held research positions at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research (2008-2013) and University of Oldenburg (2000-2008).
Research focus: Analysis of political and societal responses to irregular migration with a focus on (the interaction of) social and control policies


Prof. Huub Dijstelbloem - University of Amsterdam and Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR)

Huub Dijstelbloem is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Politics at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) in The Hague. Bringing together the fields of philosophy of science and political philosophy his research employs a combination of conceptual, normative and empirical approaches to study the politics of technological societies.


Prof. Dana DiminescuDiasporasLab, I3-CNRS, Télécom ParisTech 

Dana Diminescu is Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in sociology at Télécom ParisTech engineering school.   At present she is director of DiasporasLab and member of the Cultural Analytics programme at IPAM/UCLA .She is known for her work on the “connected migrant”, (her empirical work enabled her to approach varied fields ranging from uses of mobile phone and voice IT, Internet, m-transactions by migrants in a variety of transnational and local use situations: mobility and mobilisation, integration strategies, cross-bordering, web diasporas, ethnic business, migration lifecycles) and for a number of epistemological and methodological innovations in her research, questioning classical theories in migration studies. In particular, she designed and co-ordinated the e-Diasporas Atlas project, which was first runner up of its category for the 2012 Digital Humanities Awards.


Dr. Grace Eden Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology

Grace Eden is a human-centred computing researcher working in practice-based research in interaction design and user experience. Her research examines transformations in people’s behaviour, communication practices, and interaction when new technologies are introduced into a setting. She conducts empirical research and employs a variety of qualitative methods to identify requirements, improve usefulness and usability and identify implications for how new technologies transform social life.


Prof. Antoine Hennion - Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Mines ParisTech - PSL Research University / i3 CNRS

Antoine Hennion directed the CSI from 1994 to 2002, where he had elaborated a theory of mediation crossing cultural sociology and STS. He is now developing a pragmatist approach to attachments, from amateurs’ practices to homecare, aging and disability, and migrants. Recent papers: “Might Constraint be Compatible with Care?” (with P. Vidal-Naquet), Sociology of Health and Illness 39/5 (2017), “Attachments, you say…?”, Journal of Cultural Economy 10-1 (2017), “Ce qui se passe à Calais. Enquête sur Calais et sa Jungle”, PUCA/Le Pérou (2016).


Prof. Robin E. Mansell - Department of Media and Communications, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Robin E. Mansell is a Professor of New Media and the Internet in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Robin Mansell is known internationally for her work on the social, economic, and political issues arising from new information and communication technologies. She is a member of the Board of Directors of TPRC (Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy) and served as President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, Scientific Chair of EURO Communications Policy Research Conference. She is author of numerous papers and books including, Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation and Governance 2012, Oxford University Press.


Dr. Francesca Musiani - Institute for Communication Sciences (ISCC), French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Francesca Musiani (PhD, MINES ParisTech, 2012) is Associate Research Professor (chargée de recherche), French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Institute for Communication Sciences (ISCC-CNRS/Paris-Sorbonne/UPMC), associated researcher with the Centre for the Sociology of Innovation of MINES ParisTech-PSL, and academic editor for the Internet Policy Review. Her research explores several facets of Internet governance, and draws upon an interdisciplinary training in information and communication sciences, science and technology studies, and international law.


Prof. Evelyn Ruppert - Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London

Evelyn Ruppert studies how digital technologies and the data they generate can powerfully shape and have consequences for how people are known and governed and how they understand themselves as political subjects, that is, citizens with rights to data. Evelyn is PI of an ERC funded project, Peopling Europe: How data make a people (ARITHMUS; 2014-19). She is Founding and Editor-in-Chief of the SAGE open access journal, Big Data & Society. Recent books are Being Digital Citizens (co-authored with Engin Isin) published in April 2015 (RLI International) and Modes of Knowing (co-edited with John Law) published in August 2016 (Mattering Press).


Prof. Willem Schinkel - Department of Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Prof. Willem Schinkel finished his PhD. (cum laude) in 2005, which won him the Willem Nagel triennial book-prize of the Dutch Society for Criminology. He publishes in a wide range of subjects, including social theory and social philosophy, the sociology of art and STS. In 2007, he was visiting scholar at NYU (New York, USA); in 2010 he was visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge (NYU); and in the spring of 2011 he was visiting scholar at Humboldt University in Berlin (philosophy department).
After working on a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), he is currently the principal investigator of the ERC project Monitoring Modernity, which focuses on the ways society is imagined in the monitoring of flows of migrants, flows of capital and climate change.


Dr. Aristotle Tympas - School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Aristotle Tympas teaches HTS/STS courses at the Departments of History and Philosophy of Science (home department) and Informatics and Telecommunications. He currently (2017) serves as president of the Scientific Council of the National Centre for Documentation and Electronic Content, vice-chair for research of the Board of Directors of the European Inter-University Association on Society, Science and Technology, and chair of the Management Committee of the ‘Tensions of Europe-- ToE’ research network. His Calculation and Computation in the Pre-electronic Era: The Mechanical and Electrical Ages is scheduled for publication in 2017 (Springer).


Prof. Sally Wyatt - Department of Technology and Society Studies, Maastricht University

Sally Wyatt originally studied economics at McGill University, Canada and Sussex University, England. She received her PhD in science and technology studies from Maastricht University in 1998. She has worked at the Universities of Sussex (1980-86), Brighton (1988-90), East London (1990-99) and Amsterdam (1999-2006) as well as at the British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (1986-88). Between 2006-17, she worked for the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and was Programme Leader of its e-Humanities Group. Between 2005-2010, Wyatt co-ordinated PhD training in the Dutch Research School for Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC), and was the Academic Director between 2011-17. Wyatt was the international co-ordinator for ESST (European Master’s Programme on Society, Science and Technology) between 1996-99 and its President between 2008-2011. She was President of EASST (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology. She is now Professor of Digital Cultures at FASoS, and one of the coordinators of the VSNU’s Digital Society initiative.