I am lecturer at Rural Sociology and education coordinator at both Rural Sociology group and Sociology of Development and Change group, Wageningen University. My research involves the interplay of institutions, people, society and natural resources. I am interested in how institutions dynamically mediate actor and natural resources. How do people respond to new regulations, standards, norms or conventions on
environmental issues. I have studied this Papua New Guinea, Bolivia, Ecuador, Europe and at global policy platforms such as the climate change conventions. Topics that I worked and published on are forest policy, community forest management, environmental governance, Natura 2000, ecotourism, landscapes, climate change, REDD+ and more.
Before joining Rural Sociology and Sociology of Development and Change, I worked as research coordinator on REDD+ at the Geo-Information and Remote Sensing Group and on landscape research with the Centre of Development Inovation. Before that, I was a postdoctoral researcher on Natura 2000 with the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group. All of these were at the Wageningen University.
I hold a PhD on the reshaping of forest management institutions by smallholders in the Amazon region. I have a masters in policy and organization (Utrecht University) and in rural development sociology (Wageningen University).