I am a Ph.D. Candidate (fourth year) in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. My research focuses on the politics of large-scale renewable energy projects in Senegal. I also work at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as a Senior Research Analyst in the Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division. This website encapsulates work from both of these strands of my professional life.
How did I end up where I am? My early years were spent, quite literally, on the banks of the Mississippi river in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. When I was five, we moved (back) home to another alluvial plain, the Netherlands, where I grew up and hold dear ties to. With a sedimentologist mother and a cartographer stepfather, perhaps it is no coincidence that I ended up pursuing a Ph.D. in Geography, although it took me a little while to get there. I have a B.A. in Anthropology and Latin American & Caribbean Studies from Union College and an MSc. degree in Anthropology and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Having worked in international development for ten years, mostly in West Africa and India, I decided that Geography was the most appropriate discipline to bring together my interests in natural resource governance, rural transitions, land, (renewable) energy, and climate change, and to gain additional training in social theory as well as climate science, statistics, GIS, and remote sensing.