Isabelle Fest

Isabelle Fest

Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, The Netherlands


  • Algorithm use in police 
  • Responsible algorithmization and public values
  • Ethnographic fieldwork

Brief Bio

Isabelle Fest works as a PhD candidate at Utrecht University under the trans- and interdisciplinary research project ALGOPOL. In her doctoral research, Isabelle uses ethnographic methods to shed light on the role of public values in algorithm design, use and implementation by the Netherlands Police. Next to her research related activities, Isabelle also teaches at the Utrecht School of Governance. 

Prior to her PhD career, Isabelle worked as a policy researcher/advisor at the court of audit for the Dutch Provinces of North-Brabant and Limburg (2018-2020). 


  • 2020-current: PhD in Public Management, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • 2016-2018: MA in Euroculture (with distinction), joint degree Georg-August Universität Gottingen, Germany and Jagiellonian University Kraków, Poland 
  • 2011-2015: BA in Dutch Language and Culture, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • 2010-2011: (Unfinished) Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands