I am trained as social scientist and historian, and have worked for many years as a researcher and policy officer in international human rights. Through fact-based research, publications and blogs, as well as presentations and social media I contribute to (policy) debates on topics such as the future of human rights, counter-terrorism and digital surveillance, and migration in Europe. I also lead and moderate symposia, seminars and panel debates, in Dutch and English.
After finishing my Master degrees in History and Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, I embarked upon a PhD at the VU University. In 2011 I defended my PhD research on the framing and regulation of the Islamic veil in the Netherlands, France, and Germany. I was a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) (London), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) (Paris), and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) (Berlin), and an exchange student at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi (Istanbul).
I’ve worked as an independent researcher and consultant for Human Rights Watch, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), Art. 1 and the Scientific Research and Documentation Centre of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security (WODC). This resulted in various international policy reports, for instance on the rights of undocumented migrant women who have escaped domestic violence and on rights to data protection and privacy.
Currently I work for Amnesty International. In my capacity as Senior Policy Officer I advocate for human rights in the fight against terrorism and in the digital age. As an analyst for Strategic Studies I look ahead at future risks and opportunities for global human rights and advice on how best to deal with them. See my Linked-In profile for my CV.
Together with my partner I live in Amsterdam. I enjoy practicing yoga, traveling, scuba diving, and watching documentaries, series and films. I’ve been a board member and Fellow for different civil society organizations, and I interview politicians about socio-political questions for de Idee.