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Dr. Emma Hoes

At the Rathenau Institute, Emma is involved, among other things, in setting up the ‘Values Monitor’ (Waardenmonitor), especially the developments of its methodology. The Waardenmonitor aims to map how the Dutch population views specific developments within science, technology and innovation.


Emma’s research focuses on the various challenges that emerged with the advancement of digital technologies and related phenomena. Examples include misinformation, micro-targeting, online content moderation, AI and LLMs (ChatGPT), and - more broadly - the role of social media in our daily media diet. She is interested not only in the extent to which the many interventions against these potentially harmful phenomena are effective, but also to what extent such interventions can cause unintended, negative spill-over effects, and how these in turn can be prevented. In her research, Emma uses quantitative methods, including survey (experiments). 

Education and career 

Emma studied Political Communication (MA) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Political Science (MSc) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). In 2018, she enrolled in the PhD track at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, where she obtained her PhD in 2021 on the negative impact of well-intentioned interventions against misinformation. Since January 2021, Emma was is postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich, Department of Political Science. She still holds this position in addition to her work at the Rathenau Institute for one day a week.