Dr. Iris Korthagen

Dr. Iris Korthagen has been working as a researcher at the Rathenau Instituut since February 2015.

Iris works on topics as science journalism, 'digital democracy' and 'smart cities'. The project on science journalism resulted in a symposium, as well as in various publications, such as this longread, and presentations and lectures in the field. With Ira van Keulen, Iris analyses the opportunities and dilemmas around digital democracy. Part of this project is a study for the European Parliament including 22 different cases of online participation of citizens and organisation in democratic decision making. Iris also researches smart cities and particularly the use of data-driven policies in Dutch cities.

Career and education

Iris has worked for the Council for Social Development (Raad voor Maatschappelijke Ontwikkeling). The advisory reports she has written for the RMO were focused on nudging and on journalism.

Her PhD research focused on the role of media and media logic in decision making in networks. In this research, she used both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Iris (1986) studied cultural studies (BA) and Philosophy (BA) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. After a pre-master year public administration she gained her Master’s degree in Research in Public Administration and Organizational Science (MSc) at the University of Utrecht. During this two-year master, she tutored seminars in the bachelor of public administration at the Erasmus University and was a thesis supervisor.