My professional passions? Helping researchers to optimally develop their talents, professionally and personally, while developing societal relevant knowledge. Text and language work. Questions of social innovation and environmental sustainability. I am a member of the municipal biodiversity council (Groenraad) in my hometown Amstelveen.
My personal passions? Biodiversity/nature, gardening, sports, yoga, (vegan) 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 and a trainer for researchers. 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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