Dr Ben Wagner has been professor of the Media, Technology and Society research focus area since September 2021 and therefore forms part of the Creative Business research group. At the same time, Ben started a new role as manager of the Sustainable Media Lab in The Hague.
The Lab brings together researchers, experts and people with hands-on experience to explore how media systems could operate more sustainably. This question is particularly topical in view of the fast-paced technological changes and the growing role of technology in society. What is the significance of digital media here and how could this operate more sustainably? For the practical research on these and other questions, Ben will work closely with students from the Creative Business domain within the Lab.
Ben likes to work with the professional field to examine how media systems could be organised in a different way. This does not just concern media and technology-oriented companies; other partners can also contribute because almost every sector is faced with the growing influence of digital media and technology.
In addition to his work at Inholland, Ben Wagner is also an assistant professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology.
Ben has been conducting research at the interface of social sciences, technology and human rights for years. In 2013, he obtained his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence on the subject of freedom of expression and the regulation of online content. Since then, he has regularly published in leading international scientific journals about the governance of digital media, the impact of technology on society and how digital media systems can support human rights.
Among other things, Ben founded the Center for Internet & Human Rights at the European University Viadrina. He was also director of the Sustainable Computing Lab at Vienna University of Economics and Business and a member of the advisory board of ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity. In addition to his work in the Netherlands, he is a visiting researcher at the Human Centred Computing Group of the University of Oxford. Ben is also affiliated with the data science journal Patterns and UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub, a British platform that focuses on reliable autonomous systems.
Ben lives in The Hague, where he can regularly be found by the beach, on his bike, diving in the water or simply relaxing in the dunes.
"We are at a time of great technological change and our experiences are changing as a result."