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I started my academic career at the VU Amsterdam, where I conducted my PhD at the Department of Organization Sciences and Center for Philanthropic Studies (CPS, Faculty of Social Sciences). I studied how and why the public supports crowdfunding for product development and services using field and lab experiments. Using social information (information about the behaviour of others, a type of nudge), I designed crowdfunding campaigns to collect more funds and improve donor happiness. Crowdfunding is an online tool to collect public funds to financially support private individuals, companies, foundations and/or charities. For my postdoc, I continued working for CPS, also joining the Department of Sociology (VU Amsterdam). This time focussing on longitudinal data analyses, I continued my crowdfunding research, also focussing on other types of fundraising strategies. I’m an Associate Editor at the Journal of Philanthropy and Marketing and a project manager at the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP). 


  • Social Sciences

    • Crowdfunding
    • Donation
    • Social Information
    • Higher Education
    • Systematic Review
    • Project
  • Psychology

    • Systematic Literature Review
    • Behavior




Research profiles

Affiliated study programs

Courses academic year 2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses academic year 2022/2023

I focus on researching the reliability of crowdfunding to fund product development, focusing on reward-based and donation-based crowdfunding (i.e. philanthropic crowdfunding). I study the effects of informal quality signals and expert decisions using experiments and surveys, using theories from social psychology, behavioural economics and organizational behaviour.

My additional projects focus on the role of disintermediation between charities and individuals and the use of crowdfunding for cultural institutions. 

I’m a frequent speaker in both formal and social media. You can contact me for the following subjects:

  • Crowdfunding and other online forms of fundraising
  • Giving behaviour in the Netherlands
  • Charities in the Netherlands
  • Social norms and people following the behaviour of others

In the press

Media appearance  (past two years)



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