Mirko Schäfer is Associate Professor at Utrecht University's research area Governing the Digital Society. He is co-founder and project leader of the Utrecht Data School.

In­side Datafic­a­tion and Al­gorithmisa­tion: In­vest­ig­at­ing and Shaping our Digital Society

The Utrecht Data School (UDS) is a research and teaching platform at Utrecht University committed to investigating how datafication and algorithmization transform citizenship and democracy. This talk introduces their distinct methods of conducting socially engaged research, and presents findings about how data practices affect (local) government organisations and citizens. Schäfer argues for transdisciplinary and applied research, and publicly engaged humanities as essential for effective knowledge transfer and social impact.

After the keynote address by Schäfer, the discussion will continue with a commentator, Professor Kaarina Nikunen.