I am willing to supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students who want to do anthropological and/or sociological research on the everyday, material and technological dimensions of state-society relations, foreign state- and peacebuilding and development more broadly.

I especially encourage students to contact me about projects that explore:

  • digital politics and governance (e.g. biometric voter registration, welfare apps, the datafication of humanitarian aid, conservation)
  • the everyday politics of off-grid infrastructures (e.g. solar PV systems, water tanks) and maintenance and repair work (e.g. as they relate to large-scale infrastructures such as roads and dams)
  • communication for development projects (e.g. related to climate change, health, gender inequalities)
  • gendered mobilities (e.g. the feminization of international migration)
  • East Asian development initiatives in the Global South

and/or with geographic interests in:

  • the Pacific Islands
  • coastal, marine and/or small island environments more broadly
  • New Zealand/Australia
  • Japan/South Korea/Taiwan

Current and past supervision:

PhD Theses

Maria Cristina Gallegos, “From Social Practice to Social Change? Exploring Practices as a Combination of Images, Skills and Stuff to Problematize Participatory Approaches and Meanings Related to Environmental Conservation within Communication for Development and Social Change Interventions,” co-supervisor with Marleen Buizer, Laurens Klerkx

MSc Theses (post-fieldwork only):

Matika Kormeling, MSc International Development (Sociology), “Alternative Medicine, Society and Women in the Netherlands – Beyond Taboos and Healing”

Joyce van der Lans, MSc International Development (Politics and Governance), “Wheels of Change: Organized Women’s Cycling Groups and Women’s Empowerment,” co-supervisor with Margreet van der Burg

Annemarie van der Meer, MSc International Development (Sociology), “Women’s Voices, Mother’s Choices: A Gendered Analysis of Resettlement for Infrastructural Development in Uganda”

Simcha Verweij, MSc Development and Rural Innovation, “A Discourse Analysis of Brushtail Possums in New Zealand Society,” co-supervisor with Marleen Buizer


Dirk Naaijkens, 2019, MSc International Development (Sociology), “‘You have to think about your future life!’ Nepalese Youth and Sexuality in Relation to the Journey4Life – a Peer Education Project by Dance4Life on Sexuality in Sunsari District, Nepal”

BA Theses that I have supervised include topics such as:

  • menstrual taboos in Nepal
  • biometric surveillance in Israel/Palestine