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dr. J.A. Beaulieu

Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies; Director Data Research Centre
dr. J.A. Beaulieu

Anne Beaulieu is associate professor of Science and Technology Studies and Director of the Data Research Centre at Campus Fryslan, University of Groningen. She works on creating knowledge infrastructures for sustainability and leads the development of the major Responsible Planet in the programme Global Responsibility and Leadership. She writes and teaches about the societal aspects of energy and Big Data.

Beaulieu's interest in data in context and drive to implement more responsible approaches to data fed the development of the minor Data Wise (from Sept 2019). She coordinates the PhD training in STS for WTMC (Dutch National Research School in Science and Technology Studies) together with Andreas Weber. She co-founded the Groningen Energy Summer School for PhDs and acted as one of its scientific directors for 6 years. She is a member of the Board of Studium General Groningen and of the NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board.

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A dominant theme in Beaulieu’s work is the importance of images and interfaces for the creation and circulation of knowledge. Past research projects focused on data-sharing (expert panel for OECD), on knowledge networks and big data, and on visualisation and visual knowledge. Beaulieu has also done extensive work in the field of digital humanities, on new (ethnographic) research methods and on ethics in e-research. Between 2015 and 2018, she was initiator and programme manager of the project Energysense, a large-scale longitudinal study of energy with 10 000 households in the Northern Netherlands.

Anne Beaulieu has published widely in STS and social science journals and in a number of edited collections. Some of her key contributions have been translated and/or reprinted in major reference works. She is co-author of Data and Society: A Critical Introduction, and co-editor of Smart Grids From a Global Perspective (Springer) and of Virtual Knowledge (MIT Press) and has been guest editor of special issues for the following journals: Theory and Psychology, Social Epistemology, Journal of Computer Mediated Interaction and Forum Qualitative Research.  

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Associate Professor