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Work History

Community-Led Researcher, Educator and Consultant

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My Background

I'm an experienced educator, researcher, and community development specialist with a focus on participatory action research and localisation. My work integrates community voices into concrete knowledge and development initiatives. I also leverage my expertise in curriculum design, project management, and stakeholder engagement. Passionate about fostering inclusive environments, I've led impactful projects, published extensively, and developed innovative educational programs across multiple institutions, supporting community-led transformation and empowerment.


Core Transferable Skills:

Project Management: Experience in planning, executing, and evaluating complex projects.

Stakeholder Engagement: Skilled in collaborating with diverse groups, including community organizations, marginalised groups, NGOs and academic partners.

Curriculum Development: Expertise in designing and implementing educational programs both online and in-person.

Participatory Research: Proficient in conducting research that emphasizes community involvement and ethical considerations.

Training and Facilitation: Ability to develop and deliver training sessions that promote interactive learning and inclusivity.

Content Creation: Competence in creating engaging and informative materials for a variety of platforms.

Upcoming Projects, Presentations, Publications and more...

Trial Lecture 

A pivotal exploration into law and development, setting the stage for my defence. 1st March.

Neurodiversity: Participation in Education and Research

Partnering with colleagues from the University of Amsterdam and Inholland Hogeschool, I'm co-developing an innovative, inclusively designed master's elective, set to debut in 2024, focusing on Participatory Action-Based Research (PAR) with neurodiverse communities - see here.

Presentation at SLSA Conference

March 26th-28th 2024, Imaginaries of Law, Borders and Rights: Forced Migrant Voices of Change, Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), University of Portsmouth. In my presentation, I will examine the intersection of law, borders, and the narratives of forced migrants, revealing their influence on redefining legal consciousness and advocating for social justice. This exploration emphasizes the powerful role of migrant voices in shaping new legal and social landscapes.

Ph.D Defence Law and Development

 An in-depth journey through the voices and rights of forced migrants, challenging traditional perceptions. 6th March.

Academic Writing with Erasmus University 

Leveraging my expertise in academic writing, I'm guiding biomedical students at Erasmus University to refine their writing skills, ensuring they effectively communicate complex research ideas and findings. This role underscores my commitment to enhancing students' academic proficiency and fostering their success in the biomedical field. Courses start from mid-March. 

Shifting Discourse in Rule of Law Development Policy

In collaboration with former PhD colleagues, I'm offering expert input on participatory community engagement for a project focusing on integrating decolonial perspectives into rule of law (ROL) development. The aim is to transition from traditional top-down approaches to more inclusive, community-driven policy-making, thereby connecting decolonial theoretical insights with practical ROL applications and fostering people-centered interventions.

Recent Work History


2023- current


Since my last role in August, I've been intensively preparing for my PhD defense and actively engaging in consultancy projects, focusing on academic advancement and professional consulting opportunities as seen above.

Docent in Communication in Science


Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC)

In my role as an academic instructor, I enhanced students' scientific writing and presentation skills while advocating for dynamic teaching methods and online learning. My student-focused approach in workgroups and thesis tutorials nurtured a supportive learning atmosphere, preparing students for complex professional environments.

Academic Writing Lecturer


Leiden University 

In my teaching roles, I crafted interactive courses tailored to diverse learning needs, enhancing critical thinking and communication skills across academic disciplines. My expertise in academic integrity and stakeholder engagement shone through in high-level presentations and personalized training, fostering an inclusive, collaborative, and impactful educational environment.

PhD in Law and Development


Tilburg University

Initially engaged as a paid PhD researcher at Tilburg University for three and a half years, I transitioned to an external researcher role, continuing my academic pursuits while adapting to a more autonomous working framework. This shift allowed me to maintain research momentum and engage deeply with my field of study beyond the structured university environment.

Development of research training courses for community leaders and forced migrants.

Module Leader in Writing


Hogeschool, Den Haag

As Module Leader at Inholland Hogeschool, I spearheaded curriculum development across multiple campuses, integrating key academic skills into a dynamic curriculum. This learning and development project allowed me to showcase my skills in project management, as well as course creation. My leadership, characterized by innovative pedagogy and mentorship, significantly enhanced post-Covid student engagement and academic success.

Chronological CV

For an overview of my extensive work experience, encompassing a range of fields from teaching and community development to research and event coordination, please refer to my detailed CV.

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