I have a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) with an honours certificate in Art & Research from the UvA and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. I hold a Master of Research (MRes) in Humanities & Cultural Studies from the London Consortium.
I now work as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Cultural Organisation, where I study fluid forms of organisations in and outside the arts, such as creative collectives, community art practices, and co-working spaces. I have published and presented my academic work here.
Some media outlets have interviewed me about my research. I am also the coordinator of the Research Group Collaborative Spaces. And a member of Vizier, a Dutch-Belgian research collective of young academics working at the intersection of culture and economics.
Before entering academia, I worked as a journalist
I was an editorial intern at the art pages of NRC Handelsblad. During this internship I also contributed stories to NRC Next. Between 2010 and 2012 I wrote features, interviews and reviews for the culture pages of Het Parool. All of these are national newspapers in the Netherlands.
The book, entitled The Volkskrant Building: Manufacturing Difference in Amsterdam’s creative city, is based on more than a year of intensive fieldwork in what is now called the Volkshotel. By following the different parties which were involved in turning this building into the nexus of creative Amsterdam (city government, former squatters, and artists and creative workers), it provides a critical approach to the creative city idea that has become a staple among city governments and policy makers. The book, co-authored with Sebastian Olma, is available here.
I occassionally conduct freelance research
I made an ethnographic study of various creative hubs for the University of Amsterdam. I investigated the impact of technology on art in public space for the University of Melbourne. I developed educational programmes for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and helped set up the Métamatic Research Initiative.