Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Martijn de Waal appointed Professor of Play & Civic Media

3 Feb 2020 10:36 | Communication

The Executive Board of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) has appointed Martijn de Waal Professor of Play & Civic Media as of 1 February 2020. In his research, De Waal focuses on the relationship between digital media and public space, with a specific interest in design and civic media. De Waal’s appointment gives Play & Civic Media the opportunity to increase its clout in the field of education and research.

De Waal has made important contributions to the development of the Play & Civic Media professorship since 2014, first as a senior researcher and later as an associate professor. Prior to this, he was an assistant professor in media studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

Doctoral thesis and various books

De Waal has a background in journalism, media studies and practical philosophy. He obtained his doctorate in 2012 on the role of digital media in urban culture and public spaces. His thesis was published by Nai010 Publishers. De Waal has written several books with various co-authors, including his recent books ‘The Platform Society. Public Values in a Connective World’; ‘The Hackable City. Digital Media and Collaborative City-Making in the Network Society’; and ‘Responsive Urban Spaces’.

International network

De Waal has an extensive international network – both European and worldwide – and is frequently invited to speak at conferences. In the Netherlands, he is regularly called on to advise ministries and provincial and municipal authorities. De Waal is also well known in the creative industry: among other things, he chairs the Digital Culture committee of Creative Industries Fund NL. Since founding the international thinktank and research network TheMobileCity.nl with Michiel de Lange in 2007, he has organised a variety of conferences and workshops on new media and urban culture.

MAB20 in Amsterdam

De Waal and AUAS Professor of Building Transformation Frank Suurenbroek are members of the Executive Committee of the Media Architecture Biennale (MAB20), which will take place in Amsterdam in November 2020. The event is a collaboration between several faculties of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), Utrecht University and various local partners.

The Play & Civic Media professorship provides education and research on the themes of playful empowerment, design and civic media (media used to solve social issues in a community).