Pre-PhD candidate / Guest
Jaap Dinkelman is a dual PhD candidate at Leiden University Dual PhD Centre. Working title thesis: 'The State of Technology - How smart cities deal with public values'.
From 2006 to 2014 Jaap Dinkelman studied at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. The search for the right study brought him along the courses Industrial Management and Law. Ultimately, the Communication program proved to be the best match for his broad interests. After completing this study, Jaap started as a trainee at the municipality of The Hague. In his first position he worked as a communications advisor at the Communication Strategy department.
After a year in the communication field, Jaap switched to working on policy. His interest in government policy, and specifically aimed at public space, has arisen in the policy department of the City Management Department. The need to learn more about how and why the government works the way it works was the reason for him to start the master's program Management of the Public Sector at Leiden University in 2018. He completed his master's degree in 2019 with a thesis on the then almost 20-year-long discussion about the deposit-return system, entitled Gekweld door statiegeld - Een onderzoek naar de statiegelddiscussie in Nederland (Tormented by the return-deposit system - Research into the return-deposit discussion in the Netherlands).
During the master, Jaap came into contact with issues in which technology, ethics and public values come together. The increasing use of technology in public space and the question of how this goes hand in hand with public values, therefore forms the basis for his future thesis.
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