I am an assistant professor at the Department of Organization Studies. Additionally, I am a visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology of the University of Chicago and research fellow at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology of Stellenbosch University.
In 2017 I received a Rubicon Grant from the Dutch Research Council for promising young doctorates. The project ‘Professional Practices’ unraveled the influence of university impact strategies on impact activities of academics. In 2020 the European Commission granted me a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. In this project, ‘Invisble Forces’, I study the effect of professional staff (Ondersteunend en Beheerspersoneel, or OBP, in Dutch) on academic knowledge development.
I have published in journals such as Public Understanding of Science, Research Policy, Research Evaluation, Science and Engineering Ethics and Science and Public Policy.
I am interested in the relationship between science and society. In particular, I my research is about the organization and evaluation of societal impact of academic research; changes in university governance and the resulting effects on academic research; and attitudes towards science.
To support academics in having an impact on society, I am regularly invited to host workshops in which participants develop impact approaches for their research. For instance, I have hosted workshops for the Dutch Heart Foundation, Marie Curie Innovative Training Network IT-DED3, Antwerp University Erasmus University Rotterdam, Lancaster University, Leiden University, Maastricht University, Utrecht University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
I supervise bachelor and master thesis circles. In academic year 2020-2021 I supervised a master thesis circle on organizing transdisciplinary research for societal challenges and a bachelor thesis circle on university impact strategies. At the moment I supervise a bachelor thesis circle on professional staff of universities and organizational change.
At the Alliance Manchester Business School of The University of Manchester I was a seminar leader in 'Innovation and the Knowledge Economy, a course module of the MSc programme Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. My students appreciated my ability to explain difficult concepts in understandable terms as well as the open and enjoyable atmosphere during the seminars. Their appreciated resulted in a teaching award from the school.
During my doctoral studies I have supervised two internships of master students at the Rathenau Instituut. Both internships have resulted in publications in international peer reviewed journals.
Ever since my doctoral studies I actively seek (international) collaboration. I have published with authors from Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. I am one of the founding members of De Impact Alliantie, a national network of researchers and policy makers interested in the organization and evaluation of societal impact. From 2017 until 2020 I was a member of COST Action ENRESSH, of which I was steering committee member, work group leader and science communication manager as well.