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I am an anthropologist with a keen interest in the themes of state formation, citizenship, resource extraction, and cultural politics. I obtained a BA (2011) and MA (2014, cum laude) in Cultural Anthropology from Utrecht University. In 2016, I was selected as a PhD Candidate in the Latin American Studies Programme (NWO-funded), for which I carried out my doctoral research at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I completed my PhD in 2021 (cum laude) with a dissertation that focused on the everyday politics of wildcat gold mining in the Colombian region of Chocó.

My current research explores hybrid governance regimes in mining zones in Colombia. Specifically, I look at the dynamics of conflict and cohabitation that emerge between different actors in these regimes (e.g., small-scale miners, landholders, corporations, state emissaries, non-state armed groups, rivers).


Sept. 2019 - now: Teacher at BA Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (VU). I have taught the following courses: Development & Globalization (coordinator), Ethnographic Research Methods, Academic Skills Lab.

Nov. 2015 - Aug 2016: Bachelor thesis supervisor (Utrecht University).

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