Denis Costa

Denis CostaProject Manager

Denis Costa is a project manager for the Smart Citizens Lab of Waag. He investigates how data, technology and active citizenship can help address the challenges our society is facing today. 

Denis manages research projects across several thematic domains, including environmental monitoring, climate adaptation, health and food transitions, and citizen participation. Examples include research projects on air quality (Hollandse Luchten), the smart city and data-driven healthcare. He has a background in International Relations and Environmental Science.

Closed projects

Healthy life, healthy microbiome

Waag_Microbiome Center_Gezond leven
Smart Citizens Lab
Waag and the Microbiome Center are joining forces to research how technological solutions contributing to more control for patients in diseases related to their microbiome.

Shared Cities, Smart Citizens

Data visualisation - data graphics
Smart Citizens Lab
This project examines the conditions for building a future smart city. Public values and the rights and needs of citizens play a central role.

Tipping the Balance

opening planet b
Smart Citizens Lab
The aim of Tipping the Balance is to investigate which factors and strategies play a role in encouraging citizens to make healthier food choices.

Participation @ Waternet

Participatie Waternet
Smart Citizens Lab
Waternet strives to make the participative approach their standard approach in working, when possible and relevant. Waag's Smart Citizen Lab, aimed at citizen science, will help Waternet in taking the first step from pilots to a new policy.

Sentinel Citizen

Sentinel Citizen. (c) Copernicus, CAMS.
Smart Citizens Lab
Sentinel Citizen connects air quality data generated by citizen measurements of the project Hollandse Luchten, with data from satellites of the European Space Agency.

Chamber of Commons

Commons Lab
Commons Lab
The Chamber of Commons bolsters the interests of commons and commoners.

Digital Democracy Lab

Proeftuin digitale democratie
Future Internet Lab
In the Digital Democracy Lab, the possibilities for strengthening democracy are investigated by applying new digital participation tools to Dutch municipalities.

GammaSense 2.0

Smart Citizens Lab
With GammaSense 2.0 we develop a citizen network for the measurement of radioactive radiation.

Amsterdam Sounds

Amsterdam Sounds project
Smart Citizens Lab
Making cooperative tools for civic participation and citizen science in the field of noise pollution.


DSI map Europe
Commons Lab
Digital Social Innovation in Europe (DSI4EU) supports digital social innovation networks in Europe.