I am a social anthropologist with a MSc from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD from Wageningen University. Since I came to Wageningen I have been working on the anthropology of law and policy in relation to development interventions and the exploitation and management of natural resources, primarily water and land. After a period of work and research in Indonesia (transmigrant settlement; land and water rights; decentralization and regional autonomy in relation to ethno-religious identification) I became increasingly involved in water issues in South Asia and the Netherlands. I am currently working on peri-urban processes in relation to water conflicts and climate change, flood policies (the Netherlands), conflicts related to oil palm cultivation (PhD, Indonesia), and peri-urban water insecurity (PhD, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal).
Fields of Expertise
- Anthropology of law
- Anthropology of policy and development
- Development studies
- Natural resources governance and management
- Land and water rights; flood policies.
- South Asia
- Southeast Asia
- The Netherlands