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Research interests

How can we create better futures for people? How can we live together and grow from differences? How can our fundamental values inform our work and life more fruitfully? These questions guide my career. I am the rector of the International Institute of Social Studies in Den Haag (part of Erasmus University Rotterdam) as well as professor of Lived Religion and Development. My aim is to support ISS in becoming even more visible, effective, and innovative as a leading center of expertise in development studies. Personally, I have a background in the study of religion, combining theology, religious studies, and social sciences. I have published on narrative approaches, trauma, sexuality, popular culture, and societal challenges. My research focuses on lived religion, how people shape their relationship to the sacred and how they relate to the tradition(s) from which they draw. Parallel to my academic career, I have worked in politics, church, and (hospitality) business.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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