I am originally trained as a social and cultural geographer but mostly identify as a social scientist who finds inspiration in sociology, geography, and psychology. I worked much on the everyday realities of bisexual people in the Netherlands and have written a number of publications based on previous studies that I conducted with people who are attracted to same-sex and different-sex people. The multiple interactions between individuals and (social) practices continue to intrigue me on a daily basis but go beyond sexuality. I’m currently (since July 2021) working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Netherlands Defense Academy.
My current research interests are: mental health, sexual health, well-being, the military, interactions between the military and society.
I feel very privileged that I was able to spend many years on studying sexuality, and bisexuality (and plurisexuality) in particular, however I did more than just that. After finishing my PhD on bisexual identity negotiations (August 2018), I conducted research on gender-based violence, gendered career scripts, sexual integrity at high schools, and the bisexual movement in the Netherlands. I was also involved in setting up a research project to evaluate social interventions to prevent sexual and partner violence. I am currently very pleased to work on the military, however the “old” topics still interest me.
What can you find in this section?
In this section you will find my academic efforts, memberships, and output. I only list output that has been published (or presented, in case of workshops or conference contributions) or, at least, accepted.
I do not only write in English but also in Dutch as I find it important to also make content available for people outside academia. These Dutch articles (target group: Dutch and Flemish professionals, policy makers, students, and academics) are accompanied with an English translation to provide a first impression of the topics/content.
I try my best to always link the output with an internet page; if you cannot access an article due to possible paywalls, please send me a message via Twitter, researchgate, or via email.