pers1 1I am a PhD candidate at the department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). I hold a Bachelor’s of Applied Sciences in Social Work (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and a Master in Cultural Sociology (University of Amsterdam).

Previously I worked as a social worker in a domestic violence shelter in the USA and a homeless shelter of the Salvation Army in the Red Light District in Amsterdam. I continued this job during my studies, which has culminated into over seven years of experience in the homeless community and care giving facilities. This is where I became intrigued by violence and group dynamics during tense interactions. Therefore, I conducted my master thesis research in Sociology on the situational and emotional dynamics of violent situations and the lived experiences of tension and fear among social workers in homeless shelters. This has led to a publication on the emotional and bodily processes of social workers and how they manage these during tense and threatening situations (forthcoming).

In 2016-2017 I worked as a junior lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and as a junior researcher at RIGO Research en Advies, a commercial research agency. Currently, I continue to work on violence and group dynamics in my PhD research on police teams. Theoretically, my main interests are in micro-sociology of violence, sociology of emotions, classical sociology and cultural sociology.

flag yellow lowThis project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 683133

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