I obtained a PhD degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University in 2017. My doctoral research was supported by the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation and the Council for Middle East Studies at Yale University and included a visiting scholarship at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. In 2018, I received a post-doctoral grant from the Niels Stensen Fellowship Association under which I was a visiting scholar at the program for Governance and Local Development at Gothenburg University.

 

My research encompasses two broad fields. I study political authority in conflict-affected settings, investigating the organization of services, security, and representation by hybrid governance assemblages during or after violent conflict. This work engages with concepts like ‘twilight institutions,’ ‘languages of stateness,’ and ‘rebel rule.’ I also do research on the governance of forced displacement. More specifically, I explore the governmentalities and bordering practices that emerge through the politics and policies directed at refugee communities in so-called ‘regional host countries.’

 

I engage with these themes through qualitative field work – mostly in the Middle East – and critical policy analysis. My analysis is inspired by the notion of epistemic politics and investigates the strategic dimensions of the production of knowledge and ignorance in political decision-making processes. In studying the governance of migration in conflict-affected situations, I am especially interested in the ways in which spatial and temporal uncertainties are produced, navigated, and contested and in tracing the institutionalization of such strategic institutional ambiguity.

 

In my work, I strive for empathy and impact. I endeavor to critically interrogate the direct as well as structural violences that generate marginalization. This results in a strong conviction to share knowledge within as well as beyond academia.

  

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