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VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSW)

Lecturer qualitative research methods/Atlas.ti

See my linkedIn profile for a course overview.


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 research is focussing on land issues globally: effectiveness of soft law instruments (voluntary guidelines/codes of conduct), large-scale land acquisitions (LSLA) in the context of the climate-food-energy nexus, role of 'middle-men' elites, role of ICT's in improving land governance, uprise of peasant movements.

More specifically my PhD project focuses on 'Land Grabbing in the Post-Socialist Era? - The Role of Intermediary Elites in Eastern European Transitional Democracies'.

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. In a comparative case study analysis I would like to conduct semi-structured interviews, combined with a Social Network Analysis (SNA), hereby applying theories from the disciplines of anthropology, sociology & political science.

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 have reviewed articles for the Canadian Journal of Development Studies (CJDS) and the Journal of Land Use 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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Academic qualification

University Teaching Qualification BKO, VU University Amsterdam

13 Feb 20157 Jul 2015

Award Date: 30 Sep 2015

Political Science (Global Environmental Governance), Master, Vrije Universiteit faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen

1 Sep 20111 Jul 2012

Award Date: 1 Jul 2012

Environmental Sciences, Bachelor, Open University of the Netherlands

1 Sep 20061 Aug 2011

Award Date: 1 Aug 2011

TOEFL ITP Certificate, VU University Amsterdam

Award Date: 24 Apr 2011

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Research Output

The Global Land Rush revisited: current and future challenges in complex climate & land governance discourse

Verhoog, S., 31 Aug 2017, (Submitted) In : Sage Open. p. 1 21 p., SO-17-0782 .

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  • The Politics of Land Deals: A Comparative Analysis of Global Land Policies on Large-Scale Land Acquisition

    Verhoog, S. M., 1 May 2015, Empirical Perspectives on Communication : IV. Institutional Communication. Hosu, I. & Iancu, I. (eds.). Cluj-Napoca: Accent, Vol. I. p. 139-170 31 p. (Empirical Perspectives on Communication; vol. I).

    Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

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    The (in)effectiveness of Global Land Policies on Large-Scale Land Acquisition

    Verhoog, S. M., 21 Jul 2014, p. 1. 1 p.

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