As of November 2018, I am Full Professor of Administrative Law, Market & Data at Tilburg University. This chair at the intersection of economic administrative law and information law allows me to analyze and discuss the role of administrative law in times of market-driven and data-driven approaches to public administration.
Before my appointment in Tilburg, I studied Law and Mathematics at VU University (Amsterdam). In 2013, I obtained my PhD degree cum laude for successfully defending my doctoral thesis on competitive decision-making, in particular the allocation of so-called 'limited-issued rights' (licences, concessions, contracts, subsidies).
In June 2023, I was awarded two grants for research on the impact of open government legislation on transparency in administrative single-case decision-making procedures: a Vidi grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and an ICON grant from Tilburg University under the Digital Sciences for Society program.
The regulation of new modes of administrative (single-case) decision-making - and the role of administrative transparency therein - has been at the core of my research ever since my doctoral research. Starting with a doctoral thesis on competitive decision-making in situations where public authorities have to make a choice between equally suitable candidates when the number of rights (licences, subsidies, etc.) available for grant is limited (so-called 'limited-issued rights), I have gradually extended this line of research to the impact of EU law on different fields of administrative law, including economic law.
A new research pillar, launched with the NWO-MVI project 'Citizen-friendly data communication' (2017-2022), concerns the interface of administrative law and digitalization, e.g. in the context of public access to government information, automated decision-making and algorithmic transparency. The upcoming Vidi project and the ICON project CITaDOG build on this line of research
I am involved in different courses in the bachelor and master programs of Tilburg University. Apart from teaching in the Law programs, I am also involved in introductory courses on administrative law in the the Tax Economics program.
Collaboration with other (research) partners is essential for conducting excellent and impactful research. For that reason, we have collaborated intensely with a consortium of public and private partners in the NWO-MVI project 'Citizen-friendly data communication' (2017-2022). The new ICON project "Case-Inclusive Transparency for a Digital and Open Government" (CITaDOG) (2023-2027) also brings together several academic scholars and practitioners from different disciplines.
I am also involved in the practice of administrative law as a deputy judge in the administrative court of Rotterdam, as member of the internal appeals committee of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and as a research partner of the Netherlands Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit).