Former VKS Members
Stefan Dormans (1976) studied Human Geography at the Radboud University Nijmegen. In the period 2001-2007, he was both a junior lecturer and a PhD-student in urban and narrative geographies at the Human Geography department of the Radboud University Nijmegen. His dissertation entailed a narrative analysis of urban tales from two medium-sized Dutch cities. From 2008 until 2010, Stefan worked as a postdoc researcher on academic collaboration and the use of virtual research environments at the Virtual Knowledge Studio. In September 2009, Stefan was appointed as an Associate Professor at the Planning department of the Radboud University Nijmegen. His research interests are in qualitative methodologies, narrative and discursive approaches, urban studies and academic collaboration.
Ernst received his PhD in sociology and social policy at the University of Durham (England) in 1996. His research interest concerns the sociology of knowledge and new technology in the humanities and social sciences. Ernst is also typographer and illustrator.
Ernst D. Thoutenhoofd
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
University of Groningen
Grote Rozenstraat 38
9712 TJ Groningen
T: +31 (0)50 363 6566
Katie Vann was a founding member of the Virtual Knowledge Studio (formerly the Networked Research and Digital Information Research Group) in Amsterdam, where she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher from 2003 – 2008. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of Public Engagement at the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara University – a Jesuit University located in Silicon Valley – where she programs and coordinates a range of targeted activities intended to create synergies across the Center’s intellectual endeavors and the concerns of a variety of kindred publics. Katie’s scientific research addresses the cultural and institutional technologies of neoliberal sociality and political-economic order, with a focus on the dynamics of high-intelligence work organizations and natural research management.
Her forthcoming articles on the globalization of integrated water resource management policies are slated to appear in the international journal of Science, Technology and Human Values, as well in the international journal of Critical Discourse Studies. Previous articles have appeared in Ephemera: theory and politics in organization; Social Epistemology; Psychologie & Gesellschaftskritik; Mind, Culture, and Activity; First Monday; and The Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology. Other writings are available in anthology, including: Deleuzian Intersections in Science, Technology and Anthropology; The Artists’ Work Classification; New Infrastructures for Knowledge Production; and The Blackwell Cultural Economy Reader.
Iina Hellsten worked as a (post doctoral) researcher in the KNAW-based research group Virtual Knowledge Studio, and the preceding group Nerdi, from 2002 to 2007. She is a founding member of the Virtual Knowledge Studio. Her research has focussed on two topics: First, How do social systems, or discourses — such as the mass media, the sciences, the social sciences and the publics — communicate with each other in society? In particular, she has investigated the role of metaphors as ‘tools of communication’ in public debates on biosciences, and published her results in Metaphor & Symbol, Science as Culture, New Genetics and Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Science Communication, the Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology and the edited volume Body, Language and Mind. Volume 2: Sociocultural situatedness. She has forthcoming publications in Configurations, Language and Politics and the edited volume Communicating Biological Sciences: Ethical and Metaphorical Dimensions. Second, she has been interested in the development of new methods for scholarly analysis of such cross-system communications. Her research in this field has been published in New Media & Society, Information Research, Scientometrics, Internet Research, Science Communication, Modern Physics C: Computational Physics and First Monday, and is forthcoming in Public Understanding of Science. Since January 2008, she is based in Athena Institute, VU University Amsterdam as Assistant Professor of science communication, and Associate Fellow at the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham.
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Matt Ratto moved from the Virtual Knowledge Studion to the University of Umea in Sweden. Matt came to Amsterdam 2003 to work in the group ” Networked Research and Digital information” (Nerdi) and is a founding member of the VKS. He has worked in Amsterdam in different NWO funded projects about new scholarly practices in the natural and social sciences and the humanities. His last work addressed the use of simulations in archaeology and provided interesting insights into the epistemic, cultural and social boundary conditions for innovations in the humanities.
In May 2007 Matt was appointed to the University of Umea, Sweden as a Humlab research fellow and visiting researcher in the History of Ideas department. He is currently working on a monograph entitled Formal Experience: Recontextualizing Information in the Digital Humanities.
Niels van Doorn
Niels worked at the VKS during 2006 on the ‘dynamics of digitisation’ project with Katie Vann and Paul Wouters. He is now working on a PhD at ASCoR, Universiteit van Amsterdam. The PhD develops his long-standing interest in gender performance online, and is provisionally entitled ‘The performance of gender in user-generated content on the internet’. It consists of four case studies each based on a different internet modality: IRC, blogs, MySpace and PornoTube. The project is supervised by Professor dr. Liesbet van Zoonen (UvA) and Dr Sally Wyatt (VKS). Niels can be contacted at: n.a.j.m.vandoorn AT uva.nl.
Jenny Fry is currently working at the Department of Information Sciences at the Loughborough University, UK, e-mail: J.Fry AT lboro.ac.uk
After her Ph.D. in Information Science in 2003 from the University of Brighton she has held postdoctoral research fellowships at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, and in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill. Jenny was a research fellow and is currently a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute.
Jenny’s research is concerned with disciplinary and professional cultures and how they shape the production and use of networked digital resources and digital infrastructures. More particularly she draws on theory from organisational sociology to understand the non-technological factors that influence differentiated approaches to e-Research.
I’m now working at the Department of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany.
Prior to this position, I was researcher at the Royal Netherlands Academy’s group on Network Research and Digital Information (Nerdi), as part of the WISER project. For more detailed information please look at my homepage: www.h-kretschmer.de
BA (Hons) RFTV and Science, Canterbury Christchurch College, United Kingdom
MA European Communications Studies, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Project Manager for ERASAGE
ERASAGE is an EC funded ERA net co-ordinated by the Netherlands Genomics Initiative and based at the Centre for Society and Genomics in Nijmegen. This is NOT a VKS project.
For more information visit www.erasage.org
Project Manager for WISER
Web Indicators for Science, Technology and Innovation Research. This project ends 31 December 2005, and remains part of the old NIWI structure.
Visit the project’s website at www.webindicators.org
Jose Luis Ortega
My work in VKS will be to build geographical and conceptual maps about the academic and scientific presence of Europe in the Web. These tasks will be carried out according to the WISER (Web Indicators for Science, Technology & Innovation Research) project. To read more about me, visit my personal site (in Spanish) at the Internet Lab of the Centre for Documentation and Scientist Information (CINDOC-CSIC).
Han Woo Park
I am currently working as a faculty member in the Department of Communication & Information, YeungNam University, South Korea where I teach courses and conduct research on various computer-mediated communication issues, focusing on the use of new communication technologies in extending social networks and the role of communication in scientific, technical, and innovative activities. Prior to this position, I had been a senior researcher at the Royal Netherlands Academy´s group on Networked Research and Digital Information (Nerdi).
I received my Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2002. I have been a very active member of ICA (International Communication Association), INSNA (International Networks for Social Network Analysis), and AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers) since I participated in a doctoral program.
I have been published and presented several research papers in prestigious international conferences and served chairing/responding to some panels in those conferences. I have been elected a paper reviewer for international journals as well as conventions. My research has appeared in several international journals such as Journal of American Society of Information Science and Technology, New Media & Society, and Scientometrics. I served as a guest editor of Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication´s Special Issue on Internet Networks.