I am a researcher, author, and reggae historian with a naturally inquisitive mindset and international outlook. Unearthing new insights and sharing knowledge are the driving forces behind my curiosity and dedication as a researcher.
Specialized in the fields of History, Health, Media & Communication. In 2021, I obtained a PhD in Communication Sciences at the Department of Communication Sciences within the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at Ghent University (Belgium). Previously, I worked 5+ years for international market research agency InSites Consulting as a qualitative researcher and senior research manager. As of March 2021, I am back in market research at SKIM, headquartered in Rotterdam, in the position of Director.
I graduated from the Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands), after having completed studies in History (BA) and Media and Communication (MA). I spent six months at Keio University in Tokyo (Japan) as an exchange student, and was a guest student with a focus on Japanese history and cinema at Leiden University (The Netherlands).
Grounded in academic practices, my research and writings blend personal fields of interest with professional skills and expertise. Topics I write about include media & communication, health communication, Japanese history and cinema, and, most notably, reggae music.
Besides various digital publications, I have published a photo book together with Gijsbert Hanekroot about Bob Marley & The Wailers in The Netherlands (Babylon By Bus: Bob Marley & The Wailers in Nederland / Babylon By Bus: Bob Marley & The Wailers Live and Up Close). In September 2021, after 10 years of research and writing, I released my second book, The Reggae Nation: The Global Impact and Legacy of Bob Marley and The Wailers.