I have been working as a researcher business innovation at Wageningen Economic Research since November 2019. What drives me is to create value for major societal challenges that we face by building bridges between the worlds of knowledge and practice; developing applied knowledge for a sustainable future. I have a broad interest in developments towards a circular economy and specific knowledge about (adaptation to) climate change, food security, land & water management and the water chain. Previously, I gained (international) experience as an (applied) researcher, project coordinator and project manager.
For three years I worked as a project manager/applied researcher, exploring the economic potential of a novel biological wastewater treatment technique for the removal of nitrogen and methane (Radboud University Nijmegen). For this, I developed business cases for two wastewater treatment plants, integrating knowledge from different scientific experts, process technologists on-site and an industrial partner. I have six years’ experience working as a project coordinator for a Dutch national knowledge program on climate adaptation (Knowledge for Climate / Kennis voor Klimaat). I have a multidisciplinary background in geography and rural development sociology with a focus on smallholder agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. During my PhD study I explored farmers’ drought perceptions in two areas in Ethiopia and Tanzania, which also included a study on their soil management practices and their coping strategies to deal with weather variability.