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Stefania Milan is Professor of Critical Data Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and a research associate within the Chair in AI & democracy at the School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute. Her work explores the interplay between political participation, digital technology and data, and governance, with focus on infrastructure and agency. Among others, Stefania leads the project “Citizenship and standard-setting in digital networks” (, funded by the Dutch Research Council. In 2015-2021 she was the Principal Investigator of DATACTIVE ( and of the Algorithms Exposed (ALEX) project (, both funded by the European Research Council. In 2017, she co-founded the Big Data from the South Research Initiative, investigating the impact of datafication and surveillance on communities at the margins. Stefania holds a PhD in Political and Social Science from the European University Institute. Prior to joining the University of Amsterdam, she worked at, among others, the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, Tilburg University, and the Central European University. Stefania is the author of Social Movements and Their Technologies: Wiring Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013/2016), co-author of Media/Society (Sage, 2011), and co-editor of COVID-19 from the Margins. Pandemic Invisibilities, Policies and Resistance in the Datafied Society (Institute of Network Cultures, 2021). She is currently working on a new monograph on data activism. Outside office hours, Stefania can be found on a bicycle, a mountain, or the boxing ring.


Social Movement Studies

Data in movement: the social movement society in the age of datafication

BKC Faculty Associate Stefania Milan and David Beraldo put the studies of data and social movements in conversation with each other.

Mar 28, 2024


Mar 30, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

COVID-19 from the Margins

Video & Podcast: Pandemic Invisibilities, Policies and Resistance in the Datafied Society

Video & Podcast: Exploring the pandemic from the perspective of communities and individuals at the margins in the Global South and beyond