dr. Peter Mechant

Senior researcher at the research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies, Department of Communication Sciences, Ghent University.

Peter Mechant


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e-gov (open and linked data)
smart cities
social software
Internet of things (IoT)


Peter Mechant holds a PhD in Communication Sciences from Ghent University (2012) which focused on interactivity in a Web 2.0 context and posited a conceptual framework to explore how software enables and constrains agency and engagement.

Until mid-2005 Peter worked as an ICT-project coordinator for an e-business firm. He studied several scripting and programming languages during and after this period. After joining mict, Peter has been mainly working on imec research projects related to e-gov (open and linked data), smart cities, social software and online communities.

As senior researcher, he is currently involved in managing projects and project proposals on a European, national as well as regional level. Besides expanding and enhancing mict’s offering towards the scientific research community, he is also coordinating a TETRA-project for the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Product Design of Ghent University.