Research on Contemporary Conflict, Post Conflict Reconstruction, and Digital Media

I am a firm believer in practice-based research, rooted in the belief that science should inform policy, or ‘science as policy’. As a result my research is always strongly embedded within the social and political landscape.

Current Research Project

2015-09/current, PhD Candidate

Utrecht University (NL)

Stephanie de Smale is a humanities/computer science PhD candidate at Utrecht University, affiliated with the Centre for Conflict Studies and GAP. Her research is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and supervised by Prof. Joost Raessens (New Media), Assoc. Prof. Jolle Demmers (Conflict Studies & Human Rights), and Prof. Johan Jeuring (Software Systems).

Stephanie’s research focuses on the way in which wartime suffering is imagined and remembered in translocal digital culture communities. The empirical research conducted offers an in-depth case study analysis of everyday practices of remembrance within digital culture, read in relation to peace building and postwar reconstruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Past Research Projects

2014-09/2015-09, Simulation & Games in Academic Education

Utrecht University (NL)

This practice-based research project ‘Simulation and Simulation Games in Academic Education’ at Utrecht University investigates the effectiveness of simulations and simulation games in academic education. Our interdisciplinary team consisted of a group of scholars from computer science, pedagogy, governance and the humanities. We will present our research at the Games and Learning Alliance Conference 2015 (link).


2014-02/2014-08, Researching Biotechnology Movements

Waag Society, Amsterdam (NL)

I obtained a research position at Waag Society’s hacker space the Open Wetlab in Amsterdam. My research focused on the online do-it-yourself (DIY) biology movement and biohacker practices world wide. My research resulted in a report with educational policy recommendations, which was also turned into an article.


2014-02/2012-08, Data Research,

EMMA Communication, The Hague (NL)

For six months I conducted media and data analysis for several branches of the government, such as the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.


2011-09/2012-09, Digital Media Research

Upstream Strategies, Arnhem (NL)

Working as a project manager in a digital communications agency my daily tasks consisted of organizing events, conducting project management for digital media campaigns, and doing qualitative and quantitative research within different media practices.


2010-01/2012-06, Civic Education through Digital Innovation

YoungDone, owner

Parallel to my bachelor degree I created YoungDone, a digital application designed to increase civic and cultural engagement in high school students (maatschappelijke stage). For this start-up I received a social innovation grant.