Shenja van der Graaf (1976) began her career in Utrecht at age seventeen as a student of performing & film studies. This combined interest made her pack her suitcase a lot and eventually relocate to places including Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Cambridge (Mass), Haifa and Brussels.

In the late 1990s she showed off her love for Hollywood at the ‘start of the Internet era’ in a MA study on stardom by building a bridge between critical theory and cultural studies. This was followed by a postgrad grant supporting her combined interest in business studies and Japanese consumer culture. While pursuing the love for her other career, her interest in media never evaporated. By the mid-2000s she took a plunge and started a PhD study focusing on innovation in process and product development in the context of 3D software platforms at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2009).

If there is one common thread joining her various research activities together, it is an interest in moments of transition and the dynamics that accompany them. Her research has been concerned with the social, economic and policy issues arising from innovations associated with information and communication technologies (ICTs). Her work examines the integration of new media and ICTs more broadly into society, interactions between engineering design and the structure of markets, and sources of regulatory effectiveness and failure. She has particularly been intrigued by the governance of new technologies and social networks, and organizational and micro-level change, especially, at the intersection of commerce and the community across different cultural spaces.

Van der Graaf is a graduate of Utrecht University (MA, 1999), postgraduate of Leiden University (2000) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (PhD, 2009). She was a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Harvard) and the Research Center for Information Law (University of St. Gallen), a consulting researcher at Convergence Culture Consortium (MIT), an alumna of the Oxford Internet Institute, and worked as consultant for Hakuhodo Inc. in Tokyo.