I provide the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Amsterdam University of Applies Sciences (HvA) with advice about the innovation of ICT services for researchers. Many of my interests and experiences come together in this advisory work, specifically my love of ICT and my research skills.
I consider myself an early adopter of digital technology: my family owned a Commodore 64 and we were the first in our rural town to have a connection to the internet. Thus I developed an interest in ICT in my early childhood – and I continue to enjoy keeping up with new technological developments. At the same time, I find it important to engage with ethical issues, for instance the right to privacy.
Until 2018 I worked as an assistant professor in the Educational Sciences. I conducted qualitative and quantitative research, together with PhD students, into a range of topics related to education and learning such as classroom dialogue, communicative skills, social acceptance and mind mapping. My research focused on the informal learning practices children and youth engage in online. Because I was displeased with the present-day work climate in academia, I decided to end my scientific career.