Background

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Hertie School’s Centre for Digital Governance in Berlin, Germany. I defended my PhD in Technology Governance on June 9, 2020 at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. The thesis was titled “Open Government Data Co-Created Public Services” and can be accessed here.

Publishing and researching within the field of electronic government, my work aims to build a bridge between information technology and public administration. I have been active within the digital government research community, having participated in many conferences as both author and reviewer, and recently joined the journal Information Polity’s editorial board as the social media editor. In addition to my current research work, I am also active in the open data scene both within Estonia and at a wider international level; I built and managed the previous Estonian open government data portal and saw Estonia rise to a high of 5th place in the EU open government data rankings.

My background is in both IT, previously working as a backend integration engineer, and social sciences with my educational background lying largely within the field of political science and public administration. I have worked on preparing and submitting research proposals at the EU level (Horizon2020, CEF, REC), at the national level, and at the institutional level.

Employment History

  • Present2020

    Postdoctoral researcher

    Hertie School - Berlin, Germany

  • 20202018

    Chief Technical Lead

    Estonian Open Government Data Portal

  • 20202019

    Manager

    GovAiLab - www.govailab.com

  • 20202017

    Research Fellow

    TalTech. Tallinn, Estonia

Education

  • PhD 2017 - 2020

    Technology Governance

    Tallinn University of Technology - Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. Tallinn, Estonia

  • MSc 2015-2017

    e-Government Technologies and Services - Cum Laude

    Tallinn University of Technology - Department of Information Technology. Tallinn, Estonia

  • BA 2011-2014

    Political Science and International Relations - Magna Cum Laude

    Montana State University. Bozeman, Montana