I am Dutch, but I have been enjoying life in Spain since 2002. I’m proof that there is life after a PhD. I now work with Oxfam and as a fellow at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague. Afghanistan is the clearest common denominator in all my work, but I also focus on Colombia and Pakistan. Counter-narcotics policy, and the broader nexus between security and development, has been my passion ever since I started my International Relations degree.
I did my PhD at: Department of Constitutional Law and Political Science, Universidad de Valencia, Spain
With the title: “Towards an international economic security regime for alternative development in illicit drug producing countries. Exploring international support for alternative livelihoods in Colombia through case studies from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Meta and Tumaco.”
Status: I successfully defended my PhD on 29 April 2014.