Wouter Van Rossem

Wouter Van Rossem 🗣️ /ʋʌutər/ | 🇰🇷 워우터

University of Twente


Wouter Van Rossem is a researcher on the intersection between social science and computer science. He previously worked on the European Research Council (ERC) funded project, Processing Citizenship, where he investigated how data infrastructures for population processing co-produce citizens, Europe, and territory. As a PhD student at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, he is currently finalizing his dissertation for graduation and actively working on publications stemming from these impactful projects.

In addition to his academic pursuits as a PhD student at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, he brings a diverse background as a software engineer, having worked in various companies and at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Italy. His diverse background, spanning both theoretical and hands-on knowledge, reflects his keen interest in exploring the intricate interconnections between technology and society.

  • Intersections between IT (big data, AI, ML) and societal impacts.
  • Mutual shaping of IT, organizations, and work through user-design relations.
  • Bureaucracies and interoperability within government systems.
  • Digital methods in social science research.
  • Identification systems, digital identity, surveillance, and security.
  • PhD candidate in Science, Technology, and Policy Studies, 2018 –

    University of Twente

  • Postgraduate programme in Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STS), 2022

    Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC)

  • MsC in Business Administration, 2013

    Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • MsC in Applied Computer Science, 2012

    Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • BSc in Computer Science, 2011

    Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Back-end software development (Java EE, Node.js)

Demonstrated proficiency in developing business-grade software applications, complemented by an aptitude for collaborative teamwork and adaptability in utilizing appropriate tools and methodologies.

Data and softare modeling and design

Extensive background and interest in data modeling and information systems design.

Quantitative and qualitative research

Proficient in social science research methods, encompassing both quantitative and qualitative approaches such as interviewing users of software applications and organizational fieldwork.

Academic and professional writing

Proven track record of writing and presenting research findings at international academic and research outlets.

gb English (C2)
be Dutch (Mother tongue)
fr French (B2)
it Italian (B1)
kr Korean (A1)


University of Twente
PHD Candidate
April 2018 – Present Enschede, The Netherlands
PhD research in the context of the European Research Council (ERC) funded project Processing Citizenship (grant agreement No 714463) and at UTwente faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS), section of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STePS).
Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna
Associate Researcher
April 2023 – August 2023 Bologna, Italy
Assisted in the preparation of scientific publications for the Processing Citizenship project and in coordinating and organizing the concluding conference for the project, showcasing event management and logistical skills.
Società Italiana Di Studi Su Scienza E Tecnologia (STS Italia)
Technical Secretariat for 9th STS Italia Conference
September 2022 – June 2023 Bologna, Italy
Established and maintained the conference website, managed all communication aspects of the submission and review process for conference contributions, and acted as a central point of contact for authors and participants.
European Commission Joint Research Centre
In-service training at Text and Data Mining unit
October 2017 – February 2018 Ispra, Italy
In-service training in the field of computational linguistics to improve multilingual text mining tools (Europe Media Monitor).
Node.js Developer
March 2016 – September 2019 Brussels Area, Belgium
Worked as a Node.js backend developer on different microservices for streaming video platform called Stievie, a type of Belgian Netflix for television stations.
October 2013 – January 2016 Brussels Area, Belgium
Worked as an IT consultant for clients in the banking and energy sectors. As a test engineer to improve the quality of a multinational bank’s applications by doing (automated) testing. As a Java developer on an internal tool of multinational electric utility company for managing large B2B contracts.


PhD dissertation project
My dissertation investigates the intricate interplay between data matching technologies, identification practices, and transnational commercialized security infrastructures, particularly within migration management and border control. Public defence is scheduled for July 2024
PhD dissertation project
Processing Citizenship
From 2018-2023 I was part of the European Research Council (ERC) funded Processing Citizenship project investigating the digital registration of migrants as co-production of citizens, territory and Europe.
Processing Citizenship
Brussels Games Festival
Between 2013 and 2016, I was involved with Ludiris, a non-profit association dedicated to hosting a board games festival in Brussels.
Brussels Games Festival

Recent Publications

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(2021). Sensing European alterity: an analogy between sensors and hotspots in transnational security networks. Sensing in/Security: Sensors as Transnational Security Infrastructures.

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