Nele is currently a PhD researcher in political science at the European University Institute.

Before her PhD research, Nele led the ICT in education domain at the e-Governance Academy, advising governments in more than 40 countries on public sector reform and e-governance. She was a team member of the pan-European online voting advice application EUANDI for the European Parliamentary Elections in 2014 and a programme co-chair of the International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) in 2011.

Her current research interests include: governance innovation, internet and politics, political participation, e-governance, and e-participation. Currently, she is analysing the development of e-governance in OECD and EU member states during the past twenty years, examining whether and how institutional arrangements, organizational processes and actors’ preferences have influenced this process. She is also interested in policy crowdsourcing, comparing the cases of People’s Assembly in Estonia and constitution crowdsourcing in Iceland.

Nele speaks Estonian and English.