About me

I am currently a lecturer at Van Hall Larenstein in Leeuwarden where I teach on policy issues related to marine management.

My work focusses on local governance processes related to landscapes and natural resources in the context of sustainability and climate change. My research explores the nature of policies and institutions, and its impact for development and natural resource management practices. I locate this work within a contemporary body of critical institutional thinking, practice theory and notions of place.

In the past, I have studied these issues related to forest management in the Amazon of Bolivia and Ecuador, nature governance in Europe, ecotourism in Papua New Guinea and at global policy platforms such as the climate change conventions. Recently, I am applying this critical lens to coastal/rural communities.

I hold a PhD on forest governance in the Amazon (Wageningen University). I have a masters in policy and organization (Utrecht University) and in rural development sociology (Wageningen University).