Martijn de Waal (1972) is a writer and researcher focussing on the relation between digital media and urban culture, with a specific interest in public space.
I am currently working as a senior researcher at the Lectorate of Play and Civic Media at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Formerly I worked as an assistant professor in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. In 2009 I spent a semester as a visiting scholar at the M.I.T. Center for Civic Media.
In November 2016 De Platformsamenleving (The Platform Society) was published, a book I co-authored with Jose van Dijck and Thomas Poell (An English version is in the planning for 2017/18). In 2014 I wrote The City as Interface (Rotterdam: Nai010 Publishers), a book on the relation between digital media and the urban public sphere. Other key articles include Owning the city: New media and citizen engagement in urban design (co-authored with Michiel de Lange) and The Ideas and Ideals in Urban Media Theory (published in Foth. et. al. From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen, Cambridge: MIT Press 2012).
With Michiel de Lange, in 2007 I founded TheMobileCity.nl, an international think tank and research network on New Media and Urban Culture. Over the last few years we have organized a variety of conferences and workshops, in amongst other Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Some of my recent activities and research projects include The Hackable City, a research project on collaborative citymaking in the Network Society, and Design & The City, a four day event I curated on citizen-centered design approaches for the smart city.
In the past I have worked as a journalist for a broad variety of Dutch media such as de Volkskrant and VPRO Radio, served as a member of the board of the Dutch Media Fund and organized various workshops on digital media and interactive storytelling. I also contributed to Neville Mars study The Chinese Dream with a travelogue.