Hello and welcome! I’m an independent researcher, writer, and advisor interested in democratic experiments with data and the ways digital infrastructures create public spaces and shift what we deem as valuable.

I work at the intersection of STS, media studies, platform and critical data studies, with an emphasis on digital, qualitative, and ethnographic methods. Currently I’m pursuing a PhD at the Locating Media Graduate School at Siegen University, Germany. My dissertation is an infrastructural ethnography of health data governance initiatives (data cooperatives, data donations and data shareholding), how they organize data flows and create different forms of value, as well as the epistemic, ethical, economic, and cultural challenges this brings about.

In the past, I led research and policy work at the Open Knowledge Foundation, and held assistant researcher positions at the University of Amsterdam and the Fraunhofer Society. I have collaborated with various international NGOs, donors, public policy bodies, and research institutions.

On this website you can find updates on my writings, publications, projects, and public talks. Get in touch via at danny.laemmerhirt [ at ] gmail.com, if you would like to collaborate, explore new ideas, or just have a chat over coffee.