Anne Beaulieu is associate professor of Science and Technology Studies at Campus Fryslan, and director of the Data Research Centre, University of Groningen. At Campus Fryslan, she leads the research group Knowledge Infrastructures for Sustainability. She coordinates the minor Data Wise: Data Science in Society (together with Gert Stulp) and the major Responsible Planet at University College Fryslan.

A dominant theme in Beaulieu’s work is the intersection of new technology and knowledge production, in particular the importance of digital data assemblages and interfaces for the creation and circulation of knowledge. Current research projects focus on knowledge infrastructures in the areas of ecology, biodiversity and the Sustainable Development Goals. Past work focused on data-sharing, on knowledge networks and big data, and on visualization and visual knowledge. Beaulieu has also done extensive work in the field of digital humanities, on new (ethnographic) research methods, and on ethics in e-research.

She is currently working on a book with Sabina Leonelli entitled: A Critical Introduction to Data and Society (to appear with Sage). She is co-editor of Virtual Knowledge: experimenting in the Humanities and Social Sciences (MIT Press) and of Smart Grids From a Global Perspective (Springer). She has published widely in STS journals and been guest editor of special issues for the following journals: Theory and Psychology, Social Epistemology, Journal of Computer Mediated Interaction and Forum Qualitative Research. Beaulieu was visiting research fellow at the Pufendorf Institute for Advance Studies (DATA group), Lund University, Sweden (2017-18) and visiting professor at the STS Department of the University of Vienna, Austria (spring 2018). Since September 2018, she is co-coordinator of the PhD training network of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC).


Current positions

  • Since March 2019, Director Data Research Centre, University of Groningen
  • Since Sept 2018, Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies, University of Groningen
  • Since Sept 2018, Scientific Coordinator PhD training, Research School WTMC
  • April 2018-December 2018, Coordinator Impact Project, Seconded to CWTS, Leiden University
  • 2015-May 2018, Programme Manager Energysense, University of Groningen
  • 2011-2014, Project Manager Groningen Energy and Sustainability Programme, University of Groningen
  • 2005-2011, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Programme Leader, Virtual Knowledge Studio, KNAW, Amsterdam
  • 2001-2005, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Programme Leader, Virtual Knowledge Studio, KNAW, Amsterdam
  • 1999-2001, Lecturer in Science, Culture and Communication, (equivalent to assistant professor, tenure track), Department of Psychology, University of Bath, UK
  • 1995-1999, Sessional Instructor, Department of Science & Technology Dynamics, University of Amsterdam
  • 1992-1993, Teaching and Research Assistant, Department of English, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • 1992-93, Research Assistant, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Professional and Editorial Activities

  • 2020 to present, Board member, King of the Meadows
  • 2017 to present, Board Member of the NIAS-Lorentz advisory board
  • 2017 to present, Board member Studium Generale Groningen
  • 2001 to present, Member of WTMC, National research school Science, Technology and Modern Culture (science studies research network)
  • January 2002 to 2005, Visiting Fellow, Science Studies Centre, University of Bath (UK)
  • Member of the editorial board of the journal Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration (DISCO) (formerly the Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration, Biomed Central).
  • 2002 to present, Reviewer for NSF (US), Wellcome Trust (UK), ESRC (UK), King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium), Temple University Press (US), Cornell University Press (US), Sage (UK), Social Studies of Science, Science, Technology and Human Values, Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, New Media and Society, Science Studies, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Science as Culture, Forum Qualitative Research, Social Science & Medicine, Ethnography, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Field Methods, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Public Understanding of Science, Organization, Science in Context, Data Science Journal, Big Data and Society
  • Member of MacArthur-UCHRI Digital Media and Learning Initiative, Group on Community Protocol on ethics and data-sharing, 2010.
  • Member of KNAW programme committee on Computational Humanities, 2009-2010.
  • Member of the E-science panel of the Swedish Research Council, 2009.
  • Member of the OECD expert committee on data sharing, 2001-2003.


  • 2000 Ph.D. Department of Science & Technology Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, Dissertation: The Space inside the Skull: Digital Representations, Brain Mapping and Cognitive Neuroscience in the Decade of the Brain, Promotor: Professor Stuart Blume.
  • 1994 M.A. Thesis: The Truth of the Trace: Constructing the Power of the Medical Image, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
  • 1992 B.A. (with distinction) Humanistic Studies (Religious Art), McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Where I’m from

I grew up in city called Moncton, a regional service and cultural centre in an economically deprived part of Canada. As part of the minority Acadian (French-speaking) community, I developed a rather complex and sometimes fierce view of language politics and of centre/periphery issues–which comes with its highly specific kind of humor (Acadieman!). At 18, I went to McGill University, and from there moved to Amsterdam where I did my PhD.

photo: Harry Holsteijn

Since 2007, I’ve been living in the fabulous northern city of Groningen with my husband and son (a UK millennium baby). I was a long-time member of the Groningen section of Stitch&Bitch, love working with all kinds of textiles, and am an avid bio-oriented scuba diver , in the past with Hydrofiel in Groningen and with Oceanus in Zeeland. More recently, I took up water polo, as supporter,  acted as member of the water polo committee of TriVia and for a few years  enjoyed being a recreational player.


My newest passion is triathlon and I am a member of GVAV. My first multi-sport event was a swim-run  organised by Tritanium in 2018. In Summer 2018, I took part in the Speedman sprint (Groningen). A year later, this black and orange number saw me through the European Championship (Weert). In 2020, my training goal is the middle distance event (1.9-90-21) at Didam (Achterhoek, Gelderland) next July.weertek2