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:

In progress (post-fieldwork only):

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

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


Annemarie van der Meer, 2021, MSc International Development (Sociology), “Still waters run deep: Female silence as strength: A gendered analysis of resettlement experiences following infrastructural development in Uganda.”

Joëlle Glerum, 2021, MSc International Development (Sociology), “Heritage on Statia: The relevance of the remnants of slavery for the tourism strategy.”

Matika Kormeling, 2021, MSc International Development (Sociology), “Understanding the attraction towards Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Netherlands – a gendered analysis.”

Anouk Roeling, 2021, MSc International Development (Disaster Studies), “Waiting for disaster: How residents and professionals in The Hague experience waiting through the imagination of a disastrous future,” co-supervised with Robert Coates.

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