a PhD Research position (1,0 fte) on Legal and Governance Aspects of Data-Driven Innovations in I...

Tilburg University
September 28 2017
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Full Time
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Tilburg law and Economics Center (TILEC) is looking for a PhD researcher interested to examine the legal or organizational impediments for the implementation of data driven innovations in the infrastructure sectors. The LONGA VIA project is led by Prof. Saskia Lavrijssen and financed by the Dutch Research Council NWO. The project will be performed in cooperation with large infrastructure organizations, including Alliander, Vitens, Port of Rotterdam, Prorail and Rijkswaterstaat.

Managers of infrastructures for energy, transport and water are continuously looking for smarter ways to operate and maintain their infrastructures, in order to provide reliable, safe, affordable and sustainable services to the general public. At the same time, existing infrastructures are aging, and facing increased wear and tear as a result of higher utilization. Data-driven innovation in the operation and maintenance of, and the sharing of data across critical infrastructures can aid the managers of these infrastructures in safeguarding these public interests, yet are insufficiently utilized. There is little cross-sectoral cooperation between infrastructure managers for the purpose of creating data sharing platforms and common security and crisis procedures. Neither are data-driven innovations in infrastructure operation and maintenance implemented at a large scale.

The research project investigates which legal and organizational factors impede the implementation of data-driven innovation in infrastructure sectors and how these impediments can be overcome. It combines a legal-empirical perspective with an organizational-economic perspective on infrastructure operation and maintenance, a combination which is relevant yet hardly pursued. The legal-empirical perspective is used to identify legal and regulatory barriers, and aims to identify effective adaptations to existing rules and regulations to facilitate such innovations. The organizational/ economic perspective helps to assess the main hurdles towards the adoption of data-driven innovation, and seeks to identify effective business models. In combination, these two perspectives help mitigate challenges at the organizational level (i.e., at infrastructure managers and between them and their partners) as well as at the sectoral level (i.e., within and across infrastructures).

The project into legal impediments will be executed by a PhD with a legal and/or law and economics background and will be supervised by prof. S. Lavrijssen and prof. M. Groenleer.

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess

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