From Aug. onwards I am employed at the Vrije Universiteit (Free University) Amsterdam as a senior lecturer. I teach Legal Skills, Law in Action, Introduction to Law and History of Law.
Since December 2015 I am an adviser and researcher on child- and spousal support after divorce, my PhD topic. Besides that I collaborate with international researchers on scientific projects. One of my services is the calculation of alimony. See also Alimentatievraag.nl. Furthermore I am a member of the editorial board of the socio-legal scientific journal ‘Recht der Werkelijkheid.’
From September 2007 until October 2017 I worked as a senior research fellow and lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
In 2016/2017 I was a member of the editorial board of the online divorce tool ‘Rechtwijzer uit Elkaar’. In 2013/2014 I was a member of the Dutch Parliament’s expertcommittee revising the legal system for child support after break ups.
In 2008 I obtained my PhD degree from Leiden University in Sociology of Law. My specialization is child- and spousal support after divorce. The subject of my thesis ‘rechters normeren de alimentatiehoogte’ is an intervention aiming to contribute to uniformity in judicial decision making. The research focusses on judicial guidelines for the calculation of child- and spousal support. The central question I address is: are the intended effects, such as equality before the law, being achieved? Simply put; does someone have to pay the same amount of alimony in Amsterdam as in The Hague in similar circumstances?
From 2005 until 2007 I worked as a research fellow and lecturer at Tilburg University. From 2001-2005 I was a Phd. Student at the University of Leiden in Leiden. Before I worked at the municipality Wormerland as a legal correspondent.
In 1999 I graduated from the University of Amsterdam. Within this period I studied Law at the University of Kent in Canterbury in the United Kingdom for nine Months. I have written a Master Thesis about H.L.A. Hart’s The Concept of Law (1961) in which I addressed his theory of the internal aspect of rules from a legal philosophical and sociological perspective.