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I have an interdisciplinary background in social sciences with a focus on anthropology, development, human rights, civil society and social movements. In 2016 I finished my PhD on civil society in Myanmar at the VU's Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, for which I was awarded the faculty dissertation prize in January 2017 and the research prize of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation in May 2018. My research mainly focuses on social and political activism at various levels: community, regional and (trans)national. I particularly look at issues of voice, representation and legitimacy within rights-based advocacy.

My PhD thesis discusses the views and identities of organised Burmese civil society actors, their transnational advocacy strategies, and their relationship with Western supporters. I have published on various issues related to Myanmar and have organized panels at the EuroSEAS conference and the International Convention of Asia Scholars. In 2015, I organised a conference at the VU on Religious Violence in South(East) Asia. In 2019 I co-edited a special issue of Moussons journal with dr. Marion Sabrié on the urbanization of Yangon.

As a postdoctoral researcher, I contributed to projects on land rights advocacy in Kenya at Radboud University Nijmegen, and on urban intermediaries in the Netherlands at Tilburg University. For more information, see the following links.



I have worked for various civil society organisations in The Netherlands on issues such as discrimination, international justice and refugee rights, and served as a board member for the Dutch Foundation for Peace Studies (Stichting Vredeswetenschappen).

I currently coordinate the education programme of the Anthropology department at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, as well as two courses in the minor Peace and Conflict Studies.

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  • Tilburg University | Tilburg | Researcher (Guest) | 2020-09-01 - present

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