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I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Organization Sciences. My research interests include discursive, psychoanalytic and relational approaches to identity and wellbeing, elite working contexts, power and resistance and new career developments in the 21st century. Prior to moving to the Netherlands, I lived in Germany, the UK, Sweden, the US, and Switzerland.


My current research focuses broadly on ‘career identity’, investigating why people choose a particular career path and how career transitions affect their professional self-image. I take an interest in career change in elite work contexts (such as strategy consulting), the implications of global career mobility, the link between professional identity and wellbeing at work, as well as the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) implementations on the professional identities of practitioners who work with AI technology. I have moreover collaborated on topics of elderly care, friendship at work, collaborative work practices and creative teaching methods.

My work has been published in top international journals such as Organization Studies, Human Relations and Journal of Business Ethics. I have received prestigious personal research grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the University of St. Gallen and the Dutch government.


I am the program coordinator for the master program Culture, Organization and Management (English program with 100 students), and for the master program Beleid, Communicatie en Organisatie (Dutch program with 200 students). 

I have 15 years of teaching experience across 13 different courses on Bachelor, Master, PhD, MBA and Executive level. I have supervised Bachelor, Master and PhD theses, and I have served as a member on teaching and PhD committees. I currently teach the bachelor course “Organizational, Culture and Change”, and the master course "Organization & Power". I also supervise master theses in the program Culture, Organization and Management.

Over the previous years, I have developed and endorsed an experiential course pedagogy that aspires to educate excellent future business leaders and/or organization scholars, while at the same time promoting reflexivity, critical thinking and integrity when pondering upon questions of what it means to be “a good citizen”.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Academic qualification

Organizational Studies and Cultural Theory, PhD, Careers in Transition: Continuity, Complexity and Conflicting Desires in the Discursive Identity Construction of Ex-Consultants, University of St. Gallen


Award Date: 24 Apr 2014

Organisational and Social Psychology, Master, The London School of Economics and Political Science


Award Date: 1 Nov 2007

Psychology and Business Administration, Bachelor, Richmond, The American International University in London


Award Date: 6 Jun 2006

User created Keywords

  • Narrative identity
  • Discourse analysis
  • Elite working contexts
  • Power and resistance
  • Global career mobility
  • Creative teaching methods


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