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I am a political and environmental anthropologist whose research interests lie at the intersection of resource extraction, ecology, infrastructure, and governance. I obtained a BA (2011) and MA (2014, cum laude) in Cultural Anthropology from Utrecht University. In 2021, I completed my PhD (cum laude) in Social and Cultural Anthropology at VU Amsterdam, with a dissertation that focused on the sociopolitical life of small-scale gold mining in Chocó, Colombia.

After my PhD, I worked for two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New Brunwsick, doing research on everday material practices in Colombian mining regions (NWO-Rubicon grant).

My work has appeared in Anthropological Quarterly, Geoforum, Globalizations, International Development Policy, the Journal of Latin American Studies, the Journal of Rural Studies, and The Extractive Industries and Society.

My upcoming book Underground Politics will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.


I have taught the following courses:

  • Development & Globalization (coordinator)
  • Confronting Commodity Chains
  • Transnational Organizations
  • Ethnographic Research Methodology
  • Ethnographic Monographs
  • Academic Skills Lab

I have worked as thesis supervisor for numerous MA (VU) and BA students (Utrecht University).

I am open to supervising PhD students.

Prizes and Awards

"Honorable mention" for Bonnie J. McCay Junior Scholar Award, for the article Extracting Empirically: A Ground's-Eye View of Small-Scale Mining in Colombia, 2023, American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting

Winner J.C. Ruigrok Prize, 2022, Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen

Winner Faculty of Social Sciences Dissertation Award, 2022, VU Amsterdam

Nominee Nieboer Master Thesis Award, 2024, Utrecht University


SSHRC Connection Grant, 2023 (with Daniel Tubb, Ann Farnsworth- Alvear, and Noah Pleshet)

NWO-Rubicon Postdoctoral Grant, 2022

ASI Seed Money for Integrative Project, 2021 (with Eva van Roekel, Žiga Malek, and Clarissa Meerts)

KNAW Award for Science Communication, 2021 (with Dimitris Dalakoglou and Marjo de Theije)

LASP PhD sholarship (CEDLA, NWO-funded), 2016

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