W.R. van Rossem (Wouter)

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About Me

Wouter currently works on the European Research Council (ERC) funded project Processing Citizenship as a PhD student at the University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences. In this project we investigate how data infrastructures for population processing co-produce citizens, Europe and territory.

Previously Wouter has worked as a software engineer in different companies and recently at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. A varied background of both theoretical and hands-on knowledge and interest in the interconnections between technology and society brought him now to this interdisciplinary project as a PhD Candidate at the University of Twente.


Business & Economics
Information Systems
Engineering & Materials Science
Data Structures
Social Sciences
Data Quality
Information System
Migration Policy


With both an academic background from his Msc in Applied Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and applied experience as a software engineer working in several companies, Wouter joins the Processing Citizenship project with engineering expertise.

Furthermore, how knowledge, rules, and processes are embedded in information systems and the implications this has on governance, has interested him since his master dissertation for his other Msc in Management. In this context he conducted research on the way rules defined by business processes are incorporated in IT systems, and the challenges this causes. His research has also mapped out different alternatives when creating, maintaining, or reengineering these kinds of systems.

This academic background combined with work on banking, utilities, and media system development facilitates the understanding of the nitty-gritty of system design. It is an ideal starting point to analyse how data infrastructures for population processing are designed, how they shape individual and institutional identities, and to find new ways to investigate the impact of data circulation between different information systems.

His latest experience as a trainee in the text and data mining unit at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Italy comes from an interest to return to research. It showed him how interesting it can be to work with an institution, and how research is used in policy making. He is therefore delighted to continue studying the impacts of science and technology on society (and vice versa) and its policy implications.

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 4301
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  4301
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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