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Digital platforms hold huge potential to address societal challenges. By providing essential resources like software modules and data, digital platforms drive innovation in any industry.

Imagine a connected health platform that patients can use at home. The platform collects data from wearables and electronic patient data. Developers can use the platform to provide tailored lifestyle advice. However, this opens the door to potential misuse—patient data being sold illicitly or unsafe health advice from low-quality applications. This example illustrates my fascination with platform openness. When designing for openness, digital platforms enable innovations that benefit society. Yet, openness also creates massive risks for values such as safety, privacy and sovereignty.

My research focus is the design of digital platforms. I'm driven by new technological paradigms for platform design: multi-platform constellations, data platforms and decentralized platforms. My aim is to develop design-relevant knowledge at the crossroads of architecture and governance.

My mission is to move the field into four main areas:

  1. Expand to new generations of digital platforms (e.g. data platforms)
  2. Create design-relevant knowledge on how to open up platforms. This design knowledge should consider new technological paradigms (e.g. decentralization)
  3. Incorporate societal implications of platform openness (e.g. privacy, sovereignty). Rather than idealizing these values, I aim to study how they interact with business models.
  4. Move away from well-known examples (e.g. smartphones, game consoles) to new engineering domains (e.g. health, mobility)
I'm currently fascinated by platforms for the data economy and AI. Can we design data platforms with viable business models, while preserving privacy and sovereignty?

Research interests

  • Digital platforms
  • Platform ecosystems
  • Data platforms and data spaces
  • Digital business models

Academic background

PhD (2009): Delft University of Technology. Governing mobile service innovation in co-evolving value networks

MSc (2006): Delft University of Technology. Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management. Specialization: Information and Communication Technology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Governing mobile service innovation in co-evolving value networks, Delft University of Technology

Award Date: 17 Dec 2009

Master's degree, Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management, Delft University of Technology

Award Date: 13 Oct 2005

External positions

Adjunct Associate Professor, Institut Mines-Telecom


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