My professional passions? Helping young scholars and colleagues to optimally develop their talents, professionally and personally. Text and language work. Questions of social innovation and environmental sustainability.
My personal passions? Nature, gardening, sports, yoga, (vegan / vegetarian) cooking and literature. My favorite place: the beach.
I have a PhD in Economics and Business Administration, an MA in Philosophy, and an MA in Literary Analysis (cum laude, University of Amsterdam and University of California, Los Angeles). I spent one year at the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, acquiring the Diplôme Superieur de la Langue Française. I have my certificate for Teaching in Higher Education (BKO, basiskwalificatie onderwijs). Moreover, I am a certified yoga instructor. Prior to academia, I worked as program officer/manager at international development institutes Hivos and IICD, and before that as ICT Consultant at different start-ups. I am a bilingual native speaker of English and Dutch and near-fluent in French.
ResearchMy main research interest is social network dynamics among diverse stakeholders, analyzing how such networks foster social innovation. I study these dynamics in the light of network governance and strategy, across a wide range of social innovation contexts, including labor market innovation, collaborative governance of urban consumption spaces, sustainable trade, international cooperation and crisis governance.
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