Imme Ruarus, Web editor Waag, Jimena Gauna, 2021.

Imme RuarusSmart Citizens Lab Lead

Imme Ruarus is the lead of Waag's Smart Citizens Lab. She researches how citizens can use technology to take ownership of their living environments. She also focuses on new forms of collaboration between government and citizens. As lab lead, she defines the research lab's strategy in line with societal challenges surrounding digitalisation, the democratisation of technology and participation. 

Imme obtained her master Sustainable Development at the University of Uppsala. Previously, she worked at an international sustainable trade organisation, focussing on ecological and social impact. 

Current projects

Co-creatie public stack summit Waag
Smart Citizens Lab

Science in the Cloud

The project Science in the Cloud researches how online platform KennisCloud should be designed for scientists, citizen scientists and knowledge institutions to collaborate on social and scientific issues.
Beveiligingscamera in de stad
Smart Citizens Lab

Human Values for Smarter Cities

In Human Values for Smarter Cities, Waag Futurelab investigates the process of procurement when applying smart city technology in public spaces.
FabLearn onderwijsconferentie
Smart Citizens Lab

Imagining public connectivity

The lack of meaningful imaginaries about 5G and the knowledge concentration within industries are catalysts of public distrust. We aim to create a shared knowledge base among citizens and governments to include citizens in official local decision-making processes around 5G.
Platformcoöp Accelerator
Smart Citizens Lab


With a broad coalition of social organisations, Waag works to strengthen the local, cooperative community economy in the Amsterdam metropolitan area.
Smart Citizens Lab


Together with citizens, investigative journalists and scientists, Waag research heat stress in the Netherlands.
NWA route Smart Liveable Cities
Smart Citizens Lab

NWA Route Smart Liveable Cities

Waag organises the route management around public programmes relating to ‘Smart, liveable cities’, aiming to better connect science with society.
Woman with sensor
Smart Citizens Lab

Hollandse Luchten

Hollandse Luchten is a citizens science project where we involve citizens in measuring air quality in their environment in the Province of North Holland.