Wouter is mainly concerned with the social responsibility and regulation of technology companies. He has previously conducted (ethnographic) research into digital co-production, the use of data by local governments, innovation in the public sector, and digital working from home.
Wouter studied Administration and Organisation Science at Utrecht University and Social Sciences at the University of Tsukuba (Japan). He then did a research master's degree in Public Administration & Organisational Science at Utrecht University. During his studies, he worked for two years as an advisor on digitisation at municipalities, was a research assistant at Utrecht University and a researcher at the Datawerkplaats. During his graduation research, he and the Province of Zuid-Holland investigated how digital homeworking is getting in the way of the digital transformation of government. On the basis of this research, he published an instrument for meaningful digital and hybrid collaboration.