Trained as a sociologist (BSc) and cultural anthropologist (MSc) I completed a mixed-methods PhD in sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My previous experience lies in the field of migration, where I worked mainly on transnationalism and integration. Having had a long lasting dream to study rural issues, I started working as a post-doctoral researcher at RSO in November 2021. The overlap in the two fields lies in my interest in how people relate to places and how they give meaning to specific localities. At RSO I will be focussing mainly on the Dutch context, studying for instance farmer’s everyday experiences and identities against the backdrop of increasing societal pressure to transition to more sustainable farming. Furthermore, I aim to combine my interests in migration and rural sociology by looking at agricultural labour migration to the Dutch countryside. Last but not least, I am interested in issues relating to population decline, rural marginalization and urban-rural relations.