I am associate professor of sociology, leading a number of research projects and educational teams. My central scientific concern is with the political origins of subjectivity. Particularly I want to find out how the experience of a problem and political processes interact in cases like bodily (over)activity, sadness, (over)weight, mobile phone technology or aircraft noise. Conceptually, I aim to further develop medicalization theory. Methodologically I try to advance qualitative methods through systematizing collaborative longitudinal approaches.
My research so far shows that everyday experiences and taken-for-granted assumptions are often profoundly shaped by policy practices. The coming years I will look into the mechanisms behind this effect. In Sarphati Amsterdam , I am leading a large-scale longitudinal ethnographic panel study on eating, drinking, physical activity and sleeping. I will try to find out how and why certain aspects of a childs development become problematized within a household and how in the process health practices emerge. In CoCreate https://www.fhi.no/en/studies/co-create/ I am leading workpackage 5, where we investigate under which conditions the policy for overweigth prevention can be cocreated with young people and pushed into the direction of societal and system approaches instead of invididual approaches. I am also developing software for open online qualitative research.
At the University of Amsterdam, I head the program group Political Sociology and lead the team that sets up a new BA program called Humans Society and Technology.
My career is a bit a-typical since I first studied ballet, worked outside academia between my MA (cum laude) and the beginning of my PhD study and worked part-time since my daughter was born in 2000 until 2012. I am still keen on dancing and teach Salsa irregularly.
In the past I have taught the following courses :
I am supervising PhD´s, research (master) en bachelor students with their thesis. My PhD-students:
Here are some examples of the kind of MA or BA thesis I supervised as a first supervisor: