About Me

Peter Gerbrands (1978) was born in Gouda, The Netherlands. He developed an international career in the information technology sector while completing his Bachelor in Business, IT and Management at Amsterdam University of Applied Science in 2014. He pursued his studies at the University of Amsterdam and graduated as a Master of Science in Information Studies in 2016.

In October 2016 he became a Ph.D. candidate at Utrecht University School of Economics, where he completed this dissertation in 2021. The Ph.D. position was made available through the COFFERS project, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no. 727145.


During this time, he served as an external researcher at `infobox Crimineel en Onverklaarbaar Vermoven‘ in Utrecht, The Netherlands, between 2017 and 2020. In April 2018 he was a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy in Sofia, Bulgaria. His main research interests are: agent-based simulation, social network analysis, complex systems, big data analysis, and statistical learning. He applies his skills primarily for policy analysis, especially related to tax compliance and tax morale.

In October 2020, he was recruited for a postdoc position at Utrecht University School of Economics where he will setup a data infrastructure with information on Dutch companies within the FIRMBACKBONE project.