dr. (Jess) JL Bier


**Jess Bier (1980) is an assistant professor of urban sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. **

Dr. Bier is a social theorist who engages with the social and political impacts of scientific and technical knowledge. Her first book, Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine, analyzes how segregated landscapes have shaped digital cartography in Jerusalem and the West Bank since 1967.

The full text of Dr. Bier’s publications can be downloaded from www.jessbier.org/publications. Her work is situated at the confluence of Science and Technology Studies (STS), critical geography, and postcolonial theory.

Dr. Bier is the recipient of a 2018 EUR Fellowship for for her current project, "Data Streams and Cargo Flows: The Labor Consequences of the Datafication of Logistics" on the role of data in the automation of shipping in the Port of Rotterdam. In the past, her work has also been funded in part by the Dutch National Research School for Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC).

Dr. Bier's dissertation received the 2016 Maastricht University dissertation prize, awarded to the best dissertation submitted to the university during the previous two years, from among all disciplines except medicine and the life sciences. In 2013, a chapter of her dissertation received a prize from the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).

From 2013-16, Dr. Bier was a postdoctoral researcher in the ERC-Funded Monitoring Modernity research project headed by Willem Schinkel, where she analyzed the changing spatialities of efforts to monitor international financial flows during the ongoing financial crisis.


Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Associate professor | Science Public Issues and Imaginaries
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam

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  • Jess Bier (21 June 2022) - Bodies of the Titanic: Found and Lost Again
  • Jess Bier, M Dap & F Ntow (4 June 2020) - Police Violence and Systemic Racism
  • Jess Bier (1 January 2018) - New Texts Out Now: Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine: Occupied Landscapes of International Technoscience.

  • Jess Bier (2021) - Engaging Science and Technology Studies (External organisation)
  • Jess Bier (2018) - Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) (External organisation)
  • Jess Bier (2017) - Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (External organisation)
  • Jess Bier (2017) - National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (USA) (External organisation)

  • Jess Bier (2017) - Maastricht University Dissertation Prize
  • Jess Bier (2013) - PhD Paper Prize, Middle East Section (MES), American Anthropological Association (AAA)

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ERC Starting Grant for Jess Bier for research on how the digitalisation of container shipping is reshaping inequalities

Social theorist Dr. Jess Bier of the Erasmus University Rotterdam has been awarded the prestigious starting grant of 1.5 million by the ERC

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