I’m Programme Manager and Academic/Study Adviser at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
Next to managing the Master's programme Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, I'm also the internationalization coordinator for the faculty ITC
Since graduating as a physical geographer from Utrecht University I have been working at the intersection of Social Science and Physical Spatial Planning, where stakeholder interests and land-use conflicts are at play. I have been working as a lecturer and researcher for the faculty ITC since 1999.
My scientific interests are in the fields of PGIS (Participatory Mapping and GIS), VGI (Volunteered Geographic Information) and citizen-based mobile mapping and monitoring initiatives, and the role this plays in the interaction between Policy-makers, Planners and Citizens.
My main experience abroad is in Sub-Saharan Africa where I have worked on various projects in education and research. I have however worked on most continents.