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Internal Advisory Board

Trust in a digital society

Prof. Dr, Frenk van Harreveld is Professor of social psychology. His research concerns the experience of uncertainty and how this impacts on perceptions and behaviour. He holds the chair “Social cognition and behavioural change in relation to sustainability and safety”, sponsored by the National Institute for Public Health and the environment (RIVM). He obtained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam. Subsequently he worked for the world’s largest consulting firm Accenture, after which he returned to the UvA. He has worked as a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  

Bastiaan Rutjens is Assistant Professor at the Psychology Research Institute of the University of Amsterdam, where he runs the PsySci lab. His research interests are in social and cultural psychology, within which he focuses on the psychology of belief systems and worldviews. Most of his research targets the psychology of science. Currently, his research is funded by an ERC Starting Grant.  

Dr. Eefje Steenvoorden is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on social divisions in public opinion and participation, with a specialization into political trust and societal pessimism. She published in journals such as Electoral studies, West European Politics, and European Societies.

Chris Reinders Folmer is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Jurisprudence at Amsterdam Law School, University of Amsterdam. His background is in social and economic psychology (PhD 2008, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). His research integrates psychological, legal and economic perspectives to empirically test the assumptions that underlie legal practice and policy making, identify possible discrepancies, and develop alternatives informed by these perspectives. Key research topics include 1) when, and why people obey legal rules (compliance), and the intuitions that lawyers have about this; 2) the remedial effectiveness of reparations in private law, focusing particularly on the value of apology; 3) trust in human or digital adjudication. More generally, his research interests include trust, reconciliation, cooperation, and misunderstanding. 

Nik de Boer is an Assistant Professor in Constitutional Law at the Department of Public Law, Amsterdam Law School, University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on contemporary challenges to constitutional democracy, for which he uses insights from political and constitutional theory, law and qualitative methods. His doctoral thesis 'Judging European Democracy' (University of Amsterdam 2018) was awarded the Dissertation Prize of the Dutch Association of Constitutional Law and offers a systematic analysis of how we should assess the democratic legitimacy of the national constitutional courts' review of European law. Nik held visiting positions at the European Court of Justice, Harvard Law School and the Center for Global Constitutionalism WZB, Berlin Social Science Centre. Previously, he was a postdoctoral reseacher at the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE) and Assistant Professor at the Department of Private Law of the Amsterdam Law School. 

Jerfi Uzman is full Professor of constitutional law at the University of Amsterdam since 2022. Previously he held the chair of constitutional law at the Utrecht University (2018-2022), and previously was an assistant professor at Leiden University (2013-2018). He holds LLM and PhD degrees of Leiden University (2005, 2013), and he was a visiting scholar at the university of Cambridge and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law in Heidelberg. Jerfi’s research focuses on the role of courts within the separation of powers, effective fundamental rights protection and the interaction between the domestic and the international legal order, the impact of populism on domestic constitutional law, resilience of democratic constitutions, civic participation, and interinstitutional respect.  

Lonneke van der Velden is Assistant Professor Global Digital Cultures at the University of Amsterdam. Her work centres around issues of datafication, surveillance, digital inequalities, and responses by social movements and civil society. Lonneke contributes to the Global Digital Culture Research Priority Area and is part of the editorial board of Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy. She teaches at the Media Studies Department. From 2015-2021 she was postdoctoral researcher with DATACTIVE, an ERC funded research project that investigated the politics of data according to civil society. Lonneke engages with various tech, art and civil society networks outside of the university. She has contributed to Unlike Us, a network that invested in theorizing and developing alternative social media (INC, 2012-2013), and served on the board of directors of the Dutch Digital Rights organization Bits of Freedom (2012-2020; Chair 2016-2020). 

Ellen Rutten is a Professor of literature and chair of the Department of Russian & Slavic Studies at the University of Amsterdam. At the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, She co-founded and co-coordinate the research collectives Digital Emotions and Literature of the 21st Century. She also act as editor-in-chief of the journal Russian Literature. Her research interests include post-Soviet literature, (Russian and global) art and design, social media, Soviet memory, and nation branding.  

Eva Groen-Reijman is a researcher and teacher at Philosophy and public affairs. Her topics are those where ethics and democratic theory meet, such as autonomy, persuasion, nudging, emotions in politics, and the epistemic quality of political procedures. After having defended her thesis on deliberative democracy and political campaigns cum laude, she now works on democratic theory, manipulation and political microtargeting in the NWO funded interdisciplinary project Safeguarding Democratic Values In Digital Political Practices. She is also a researcher in the research priority area on organizational cultures. 

Jochen Peter is a Full Professor in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam. His research has focused on the interplay of new and emerging communication technologies and how young people use them. He is particularly interested in the psychosocial consequences of these technologies on young people’s lives. His latest project, which is funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant, deals with children and social robots and focuses, amongst other things, on whether and why children trust social robots.   

Linda Bos is an Associate Professor and Program Group Director of the research group of Political Communication and Journalism at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research. She is an expert in the broad field of populist political communication, teasing out the role of communication in the success of populist parties. Her broader research line centres on the relation between political elites, media and voters, focusing on the content and effects of (digital) political communication for democracy, resulting in recent work on the impact of fake news cues on news trustworthiness, and moral appeals on political intolerance. Linda is one of the PI’s in an ACES-funded Interdisciplinary Research Project studying Emotions in European Politics, and a member of the DigiWorld Team, studying digital election campaigning worldwide. From 2014 to 2018 Linda was a Management Committee Member of the COST action on Populist Political Communication in Europe. 

Prof. dr. Christian Burgers is a Full Professor in Communication and Organisations in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) and a Full Professor by special appointment in Strategic Communication (Logeion Chair) at the same university. He is also Program Group leader of the Corporate Communication group.  His research focuses on the role of language in strategic communication, with a particular focus on figurative framing, intergroup communication and linguistic bias and has been funded through various grants including NWO/Veni and NWO/Vidi. He is the main editor of the interdisciplinary book series Metaphor in Cognition, Language and Communication. Through his Logeion Chair, he frequently engages with external stakeholders from the professional field.