dr. (Jess) JL Bier


Jess Bier is an associate professor of urban sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Overall her work engages with the social and political impacts of scientific and technical knowledge.

Jess's research is situated at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and critical geography. She draws on theories of racial capitalism, Black feminism, decolonial theory, and feminist theories of technoscience. Her first book, Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine, analyzes the ways that landscapes of military and humanitarian occupation have shaped digital cartography in Jerusalem and the West Bank since 1967.

Jess is currently the principal investigator of the ERC-funded Digiports project, which seeks to better understand how injustices are reproduced in times of radical technological change. Digiports focuses on how the digitalization of container shipping is reshaping racial and labor inequalities in Rotterdam, Shanghai, and Los Angeles. The project team also contribute to debates over the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in reworking contemporary capitalism.

Jess's dissertation received the 2016 Maastricht University Dissertation Prize, awarded to the best dissertation submitted to the university during the previous two years. From 2013-16, Jess was a postdoctoral researcher in the ERC-Funded Monitoring Modernity project at Erasmus University, where she conducted ethnographic research on the international efforts to monitor financial flows following the 2007-08 financial crisis.

PDFs of Dr. Bier’s publications can be downloaded from www.jessbier.org/publications.

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

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


  • 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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Documentary Festival ‘AIDocs: Very Social Tech Docs’

Festival 'AIDocs: Very Social Tech Docs' highlights social and societal implications of technological developments, through documentaries on AI.

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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