Sophie’s work supports the digital transformation of smart cities and communities. Her research is on trust in technology in the context of data spaces, local digital twins, and testing and experimentation facilities. She conducts interdisciplinary research and employs both qualitative and quantitative research methods to then finally translate her findings into guidelines, requirements, and recommendations like governance models or data management plans.
Prior to joining imec-VUB, Sophie completed the Schuman Traineeship at the Innovation and Strategy Unit of the European Parliament Research Service. She also holds a Master in Digital Communication Leadership (policy track), an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree of the University of Salzburg, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Aalborg Universitet, Denmark where her thesis ‘Reverse Agenda-Setting untangling mis-/disinformation’ was awarded with excellence due to its innovative and explorative research method. During her studies she was part of the initial team launching the VUB AI Experience Centre.