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dr. T. Timan


Tilburg Law School
Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)


As of July the first 2014, I have become part of the TILT team, where I am working as a Postdoc researcher on surveillance and privacy in the VICI project of prof. Bert-Jaap Koops.  

Academic background

Training-wise, I successfully defended my PhD thesis at the University of Twente in 2013, in the field of Science-and Technology Studies (STS) - I received a BSc in Industrial Design at the Technical University of Eindhoven and an MA in Media and Culture from the University of Amsterdam before that. In my thesis, called ?Changing landscapes of surveillance ? emerging technologies and participatory surveillance in Dutch nightscapes?, I have combined Surveillance Studies, User Studies and Urban Geography to tackle questions of old and new media technologies in relation to (experiences of) surveillance. Via qualitative methods and user studies, I have investigated the use of ICT?s and social media in Dutch city centres. I have published and presented in different disciplines related to this work (f.i. Environment and Planning A, Surveillance & Society, 4S).


On the educational side I have been involved as a lecturer, researcher and designer in the field of ICT and (new) media. I provide the Digital Research Methods course for the Media and Business Master in the Department of Media & Communication at the EUR, as well as a PhD course in Big Data and visualisation for the Erasmus Studio in Rotterdam. Also, I have been involved in providing several honours-lectures for the EUR on the topic of (big) data and knowledge-regimes.

Courses and workshops I have previous taught include (among others) Cross-Media Documentary making, An introduction to Arduino and Physical Computing (for Mediamatic), Maker-workshops at FabLab (for the Waag Society), History of Civil Engineering in the Netherlands (for the University of Twente), Technology Assessment (for the University of Twente) and Privacy for the 21st century (Tilburg Law School).

Besides academic work, I have been involved in commercial web- and software design and research work, both for large companies but also for smaller studios and institutions. 

Occasionally, I am also involved in voluntary work, which often deals with Science Communication (f.i. ScienceCafeEnschede), or Cultural Communication (such as the Rijksmuseum Twente). My most recent endeavours here are setting up and leading a Coderdojo in Brussels (see


Science and technology studies, surveillance - privacy studies, small data science methods, qualitative methods, user studies, media theory.

Most recent publications

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Last amended: 13 March 2017