I am a sociologist and art historian trained in ethnographic methods and very much value an interdisciplinary outlook in my work. My work focuses on issues of maintenance in ecological transitions, especially as seen through the analytical lens of care and it is placed at the nexus of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Environmental Sociology.
Currently, I work at the Anthropology department at the University of Amsterdam where I explore clean ecologies. First, as part of an ethnography of a 'clean' park I explore how an Amsterdam city park is kept clean on a daily basis by and among the park visitors, the flora and fauna, and park infrastructure. Which variants of 'clean' and 'dirt' emerge in this process, and how these are dealt with, are some of the questions guiding this research project. Another project I contribute to has to do with the adaptation of a wastewater treatment prototype implemented for experimental use in a Dutch ecovillage. The prototype makes use of anaerobic bacteria and microalgae and we ask which modes of knowing are mobilised and emerge while caring for this multispecies prototype.
Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh. There, I analysed, synthesised and harmonised links between science and technology studies, feminist ethics and studies on sustainable consumption to understand and reclaim gender normativities in zero waste living. I have also been a postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University (the Netherlands, 2016 - 2019). There, I worked on two research projects to do with market maintenance issues in energy transitions. Furthermore I have worked as a postdoc at the Centre on Research on Environmental and Social Change at the University of Antwerp (Belgium, 2015), and I have been a visiting fellow at the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt University Berlin (Germany, 2013), the DEMAND Centre at Lancaster University (UK, 2017) and the Sociology department at the University of Edinburgh (UK, 2018).
I received my PhD-education at the Sociology department of the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands, 2015). My dissertation connects an ethnography of everyday life in a neighbourhood to literature about the role of affects in the construction of citizenship. It develops an innovative perspective on ‘affective citizenship’ and its construction through policy mediation work.
I am a member of the editorial board of the Dutch open access journal Tijdschrift Sociologie.