Pieter Van der Elst
Pieter Van der Elst joined imec-SMIT as a PhD candidate in 2023. Researching on the broader topic of algorithmic recommenders in the Flemish media industry, his thesis focuses on how the public service broadcaster VRT positions itself within a contemporary media context. His academic interests lie mainly in media economics and datafication of media.
Before his start at imec-SMIT he briefly worked as a consultant for one of the leading social bureaus for artists (SBK’s) in the Flemish cultural industry, providing services exclusively to VRT. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and subsequently a Master’s degree in Communication Studies.