Since August 2019 I am an assistant professor at the Molengraaff Institute for Private Law (specifically family law), department Law, Economics and government and Research Center for European Research into Family (UCERF), Utrecht University.
Since December 2015 I am also 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.I am also a member of the editorial board of the socio-legal peer reviewed journal Recht der Werkelijkheid.
From April 2018 until August 2019 I was a senior lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit (Free University) Amsterdam and I taught Legal Skills, Law in Action, Introduction to Law and History of Law. Furthermore I was the program coordinator at the English bachelor study Law in Society.
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.