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Here you'll find an overview of the people and partners that are involved in the team of the UvA RPA: Trust in a digital society.
Dr. B. (Balázs) Bodó

Faculty of Law

Information Law

Balázs Bodó, PhD, (1975) is Associate Professor and socio-legal researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. He was a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society in 2006/7. In 2012/13 he was a Fulbright Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. In 2013 he moved to Amsterdam as a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2018 he received an ERC Starting Grant to study the legal, and political implications of blockchain based technologies, and started the Blockchain & Society Policy Research Lab. He has been invited by the European Commission to serve as an expert for various blockchain related projects. In 2019 he has been a senior visiting fellow at the Weizenbaum-Institut für die vernetzte Gesellschaft, Berlin. He is the founding (co)director of the University of Amsterdam’s interdisciplinary research area on Trust in the digital society. His academic interests include digital piracy, decentralized techno-social systems, shadow libraries, informal media economies, regulatory conflicts around new technological architectures, and trust.  

Dr. M.D. (Marc) Tuters

Faculty of Humanities

Departement Mediastudies

Assistant Professor in the New Media and Digital Culture Division of Media Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Marc Tuters is affiliated with the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) and the Open Intelligence Lab (OILab), of which he is a co-founder. His research concerns radical political subcultures online, which he explores with colleagues at multi-yearly research schools coordinated by the Digital Methods Initiative (DMI), with which he has also been long affiliated. His most important contributions have been on radical right-wing political subcultures and online conspiracy theories, for which he has been a co-Investigator on both the AHRC-funded "" and "Everything is Connected" research networks. This research has formed the empirical basis for a number of high-profile press pieces by well-known journalists in venues such as Buzzfeed, FastCompany, Politico and the Dutch national broadcaster NOS amongst many others. His key publications all concern media infrastructures and narratives of distrust.

Prof. dr. T.M. (Tom) van Engers

Faculty of Law

Juridisch Kennismanagement

Professor in Legal Knowledge Management at the University of Amsterdam and managing director of the Leibniz Institute, founded by the University of Amsterdam and TNO. He has been involved as strategic advisor in several governmental change programmes, including INDiGO, with the Dutch Immigration Service (IND) [2007-2015]. He has coordinated several international research projects such as E-POWER, Trias Telematica, Estrella and SEAL. He is PC member of international conferences such as ICAIL and DEXA/E-Government, former chair of the EU-Forum working group on Change Management and Cross-Institutional Issues, chair of the JURIX Foundation, member of the E-Government working group of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), board member of Juriconnect, chair of CEN/ISSS Metalex workshop on standards for legal sources. His research is focused on normative systems, normative reasoning and normative control, the latter being essential to trust in socio-technical systems. 

Prof. dr. J.B. (Jan) Engelmann

Faculty of Economics and Business

Section Microeconomics

Jan B. Engelmann is Professor of Neuroeconomics at the Amsterdam School of Economics. His research focuses on the neurobiology of social and economic decision-making, with a focus on how emotions influence our decisions. In the recent past, Jan’s work has in particular focused on the cognitive, affective and neurobiological determinants of trust decisions. Jan studied Experimental Psychology at the University of St. Andrews (MA) and at Brown University (MSc, PhD). Prior to joining CREED, Jan worked with Economists, Neuroscientists and Clinicians at Emory University, at the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research at the University of Zurich, and, as Radboud Excellence Fellow, at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior. His papers can be found on ResearchGate or Google Scholar.

Prof. dr. T.B. (Theo) Araujo

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences


Professor of Media, Organizations and Society in the Department of Communication Science and Scientific Director of the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam. He is co-director of the Communication in the Digital Society Initiative ( ) and has co-founded and is a former co-director of the Digital Communication Methods Lab ( His research focuses on the increasing adoption of artificial intelligence and related technologies within our communication environment, including conversational agents and automated-decision making. He is also interested in the latest developments of computational social science, and in the implementation of large-scale data collection and analysis for communication research. In 2021, he has been awarded a Platform Digital Infrastructure Social Sciences and Humanities Grant to lead a consortium of six Dutch universities to develop D3I, a digital data donation infrastructure (, enabling researchers to partner with users to study digital infrastructures via data donation.

Mr. drs. S. (Stefanie) Boss

Faculty of Law

Information Law

Stefanie is a PhD student associated with the RPA working on norm formation in decentralized systems in collaboration with the UvA Data Science Center, and the FNWI.

Dr. L. (Linda) Weigl

Postdoctoral Researcher

Linda Weigl is a political scientist and a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR). In her doctoral thesis, Reflections of Sovereignty in Policy and Technology, she integrates perspectives from science and technology studies, political science, and law to analyse the implications of sovereignty-driven datafication governance mechanisms at both the institutional and individual level. At IViR, Linda is part of the Trust RPA, which studies the evolution of trust in response to emerging algorithmic trust production technologies and explores the potential disruptions to existing trust relationships. Her research aims to provide insights into the legal and socio-technological safeguards and limitations of trust and trustworthiness in the context of techno-political infrastructures, such as decentralized transaction protocols, online platforms, or AI. Furthermore, she investigates the extent to which technology-centric solutions of said infrastructures can be reconciled with democratic criteria and public values.

Dr. T.A. (Tomasz) Zurek

Postdoctoral Researcher

Tomasz Zurek holds a master’s degree in management (1999) and doctorate in computer science (2004; the dissertation concerned the utilization of artificial intelligence in banking). His current scientific interests focus on representation of legal knowledge and modeling of legal reasoning and argumentation, especially the modeling of informal ways of reasoning.

For a number of years Tomasz has worked as assistant professor at the Institute of Computer Science at Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland (currently on sabbatical), successfully combining research and teaching. His recent activities also include a research visit at Swansea University (2020), the position of Artificial Intelligence Expert for Deep Clue sp. z o. o. (2020 – 2021), as well as work on grant projects and initiatives dedicated to sharing, supporting, and popularizing knowledge.

Tomasz has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers. He belongs to the International Association of Artificial Intelligence and Law and is a member of the steering committee of the ArgDiaP Association (, whose main goal is coordination of the activities of the Polish School of Argumentation. Tomasz has also served as a member of the program committees of a number of renowned conferences and workshops devoted to Artificial Intelligence and Law.

M. (Mónika) Simon

Postdoctoral Researcher

Monika will join the RPA as a postdoctoral researcher in 2024. She will be working on the narratives of distrust on social media.