App Studies Initiative


The App Studies Initiative (ASI) is an international research network comprising academic experts in app-related media research who contribute to the study of apps and platforms. The research network involves researchers and faculty from the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University (The Netherlands), the University of Warwick and Goldsmiths, University of London (United Kingdom), Concordia University and the University of Toronto (Canada), amongst others. Its directors are Anne Helmond, David Nieborg, Fernando van der Vlist, and Esther Weltevrede.

Latest posts
Digital Methods for Sensory Media Research

Digital Methods for Sensory Media Research: Toolmaking as a Critical Technical Practice by Jason Chao, Daniela van Geenen, Carolin Gerlitz,… Read More


Super-Appification: Conglomeration in the Global Digital Economy by Fernando van der Vlist, Anne Helmond, Michael Dieter, and Esther Weltevrede In:… Read More

Pandemic Platform Governance

Pandemic Platform Governance: Mapping the Global Ecosystem of COVID-19 Response Apps by Michael Dieter, Anne Helmond, Nathaniel Tkacz, Fernando van… Read More