Current Projects

I am currently working on several projects connected to big data use by policymakers with the goal of unpacking the way data information impacts policy design in the urban context. 

Digital Public Service Delivery

This project focuses on data-based solutions at local level in several social policy domains. Together with Prof. Sandra Groeneveld and the Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS), the goal is to look at the impact of big data within government and which opportunities and challenges occur for managing and using this new information in local policymaking processes. 


This project focuses on 'Robust Estimation using Aggregated Data for Urban policy making'. Together with Prof. Wessel Kraaij from the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), the Center for Big Data Statistics (CBS), and a Postdoc, the goal is to use a combination of traditional urban data (e.g. survey data) and more dynamic sources of information to support urban decision-making processes. (More info in Dutch)

Governance & Data Science Collaborations

Working Papers

Work submitted for publication

Giest, Sarah. Entrepreneurial activities by government in climate change policy: Swedish wind power coordinators. Regional Environmental Change (revise and resubmit).

Mukherjee, Ishani  and Sarah Giest. Policy entrepreneurs and design in times of uncertainty: The case of the EU carbon market. Public Policy & Administration (revise and resubmit). 

Giest, Sarah. Big Data for Policymaking: Fad or Fast Track? Policy Sciences (under review). 

Breeman, Gerard, Giest, Sarah and Dovile Rimkute. Food security governance and the sustainability of GMOs in the United States and the European Union. (Chapter for Food Security & Sustainability vol 2, edited by David Barling) (under review). 

Giest, Sarah. Policy learning in times of big data analytics: The challenges of skill-based outsourcing. Book chapter for Edward Elgar book 'Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions' (accepted). 

Giest, Sarah. Resolving the Canadian innovation bottleneck: European solutions for facilitating high-technology fields. Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice (revise and resubmit).

Working Papers/ Books

Giest, Sarah. Do nudgers need nudging? The role of implementing agents in environmental policy. 

Giest, Sarah. Nested mechanisms: Nudging for reduced energy consumption.

Giest, Sarah. Facilitation of high-tech networks: Cluster Policy in the life science sector. (Book manuscript, accepted for publication by University of Toronto Press). 

Giest, Sarah. The changing role of hospitals in local innovation networks: Policy implications from the Illinois Medical District. 

Giest, Sarah and Sarah Hartley. Responsible R&D in life science clusters.

Giest, Sarah and Elena Zukauskaite. Making energy personal: Systemic challenges in smart meter implementation. Review of Policy Research (under review).