Utopian Thinking about Data-driven Government in Leuven

Universiteitsbibliotheek Leuven

In October 2016, I was invited to the “Futures Seminar” of the European Perspectives for Public Administration project at the KU Leuven. On the occasion of the 500-year-anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s “Utopia”, the seminar strove to tackle some of the crucial topics for the future of Public Administration Research. The topics included “Future Cities and …    read more »

Speaking on Data-Driven Government at the IPSA World Congress in Poznań

Rådhuset i Poznan

In July 2016, I was invited to talk at the  24th World Congress of Political Science in Poznań, Poland. I presented a draft paper on how the emerging concept of “data-driven government” is constructed by management consultancies and technology providers in the panel “Public Administration and the Digital Turn”. To this end, I analysed about 50 reports and white …    read more »

TechnoScienceSocieties: Delving into STS at a Summer School in Sunny San Sebastián

Miramar Palace

In July 2016, I spent a week in San Sebastián in the Basque country at the summer school “Techno Science Societies: Between Myth Formation and Societal Structure” organized by the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) in Karlsruhe. The school had a strong focus on Science & Technology Studies, which seemed like a good opportunity for …    read more »

“Populist, Reformer or Hardliner?” – Short article on Philippine President Duterte

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I have written a short four-page piece on the Philippines’ new president Rodrigo Duterte for WeltTrends, a Potsdam-based monthly magazine on international politics. I keenly observed the Philippines’ presidential campaign (mostly via my Philippine Facebook friends) and early on, Rodrigo Duterte’s platform caught my interest. How he likened himself to “democratic autocrats” like Russia’s Vladmir Putin or …    read more »

“Philippine Democracy: Stuck at the Halfway House” – Blogging my Master thesis for the University of Nottingham

Blumentritt Market in Manila, Philippines (Image credit: Thomas Moritz)

I’ve taken another step in boiling down my Master thesis, which deals with the role of civil society in the Philippines’ democratic consolidation. After condensing my MA thesis to a journal article earlier this year, I’ve now turned it into a 1200-word blog post for the University of Nottingham’s Institute for Asia and Pacific Studies. Taking …    read more »