Anouk Mols MSc

PhD Candidate

Biographical Note

Anouk Mols (1987) is a PhD candidate at the Department of Media & Communication. Under supervision of Dr Jason Pridmore and Prof. Susanne Janssen, she studies how users of mobile technologies develop mental models of privacy. Examples of such mobile technologies are neighbourhood watch WhatsApp groups, intelligent personal assistants, and fitness and health tracking apps and wearables. Anouk’s PhD research is part of the NWO funded project Mapping Privacy and Surveillance Dynamics in Emerging Mobile Ecosystems: Practices and Contexts in the Netherlands and US, which is conducted in collaboration with the University of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Anouk received a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam, followed by a Master’s degree in Media Studies and a research master’s degree in Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. After graduation, she started as a lecturer at the Media & Communication department, a position she happily fulfilled for two years. In addition, she worked as a Research Assistant for Dr Jason Pridmore for ten months, facilitating the development and construction of three Horizon 2020 research proposals about cybersecurity, surveillance and radicalisation.

Anouk's research interests include privacy, surveillance, and media debates. She is particularly interested in attitudes toward privacy in relation to mobile technologies, public safety, control over personal information, commercial data collection, and governmental surveillance.