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VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSW), Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS)

March 2019 - present


# PhD-course 'Qualitative Data Analysis with Atlas-ti (QDAA)'
# PhD-course 'Selected Qualitative Methods' 'Analyzing Qualitative Data - Theory and Practice'


VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSW)

2013 -  2018


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Visiting Fellow Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania

Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences

May 2017 – Jun 2019

* Teaching the students on qualitative research methodologies in the context of their research.

* Providing and sharing knowledge with Bachelor, Master & PhD-students on ‘Land Grabbing in Eastern Europe, with a specific focus on Romania’.

Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching & Training scholarship


Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, Inspectorate of SZW

March 2016 - March 2018 (freelance/ZZP)


- Atlas.ti 8, practical user manual
- Atlas.ti 'training on the Job' / trainer qualitative research methodologies


Webster University Leiden Campus

2012 - 2015


Undergraduate courses:

- INTL 3500 Environment & Energy Security (Fall 2012, Fall 2015, semester course)
- POLT 1050 Introduction to International Relations (Fall 2014, semester course)
- PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics (Spring 2013)

Language of tuition: English


My PhD project is entitled 'Land Grabbing in the Post-Socialist Era? - The Role of Intermediary Elite Brokers in Eastern European Transitional Democracies', with a specific focus on Romania.

Scholars in the international land debate frequently refer to the important role of local and national governments and elites in initiating and facilitating land deals, however without a further elaboration and conceptualization of these important actors. I am trying to grasp this specific part in the context of Post-Communist Transitional Eastern European Democracies still struggling with the legacy of communism embedded in their institutions and social structures, which paves the way for so-called elite entrepreneurs or defined by myself as 'intermediary elites' (based upon a first theoretical exploration of the field), entering the property playing field. The concept of 'Land Grabbing', most likely adopted from NGOs/CSOs to indicate the urge of the matter, is currently being used as a catch-all term and needs further conceptualization. I will therefore treat the concept of land grabbing as a 'sensitizing concept'.

In a comparative case study analysis, with a mixed method research design, I am combining semi-structured interviews with a Social Network Analysis (SNA), hereby adhering an interdisciplinary approach by applying theories from the disciplines of anthropology, sociology & political science.


Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching & Training in Romania


May 2017

May 2018

Overall objectives of the mobility:

The overall objective of the mobility was to provide Bachelor (course 'Communication in the Public Sector'), Master & PhD students (seminar) of Communication with knowledge on ‘Land Grabbing in Eastern Europe’, and to teach the students on qualitative research methodologies in the context of their specific research.

Main goals:

  1. Teaching in the field of qualitative research methodologies. Which methodologies are currently applied in the context of Political Communication and how can the students advance and broaden their knowledge both theoretically as well as practically in the field of qualitative research.
  2. To share recent research findings on land grabbing in Eastern Europe, with a specific focus on Romania with students from Romania and to discuss their practical experiences with land issues.



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Ancillary activities

2020- onward: Atlas.ti coordinator of the VU.

Ancillary activities

I am a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Development Studies (CJDS) and the Journal of Land Use Science.

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 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Academic qualification

University Teaching Qualification BKO, University Teaching Qualification (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs BKO), VU University Amsterdam

13 Feb 20157 Jul 2015

Award Date: 30 Sep 2015

Political Science (Global Environmental Governance), Master, ‘The Politics of Land Deals: A Comparative Analysis of Global Land Policies on Large-Scale Land Acquisition’, Vrije Universiteit faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen

1 Sep 20111 Jul 2012

Award Date: 1 Jul 2012

Environmental Sciences, Bachelor, Bachelor of Environmental Sciences, major Environmental Policy, Open University of the Netherlands

1 Sep 20061 Aug 2011

Award Date: 1 Aug 2011

TOEFL ITP Certificate, TOEFL ITP Certificate, VU University Amsterdam

Award Date: 24 Apr 2011


  • JN Political institutions (Europe)
  • Elites
  • Eastern Europe
  • populism
  • codes of conduct
  • Social Networks
  • transitional regimes
  • elite theory
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • climate policy
  • Climate change
  • HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
  • post-communism
  • nomenklatura
  • socialism
  • capitalism
  • brokerage
  • S Agriculture
  • land grabbing
  • land use change
  • industrial agriculture


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