I was born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 1984. I have a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Organisation Sciences and a master’s degree in Social Science Research (both cum laude). During my time as a student at the VU University in Amsterdam, I also worked as a junior researcher at the Department of Public Administration and Organisation Sciences. My bachelor’s thesis was awarded with the NBN Rabobank Award, my master’s thesis was nominated for the Van der Zouwen thesis award of the VU Faculty of Social Science. In 2009 I obtained a grant from the Center for Comparative Social Sciences (VU) open competition for a PhD position within the VU Faculty of Social Sciences. In 2014 I received my PhD in Public Administration from the VU University with my dissertation titled ‘One style fits all? The content, origins and effect of follower expectations of ethical leadership’. With this dissertation I won the prestigious G.A. van Poeljeprijs for best dissertation in Public Administration in the Netherlands and Flanders.
I currently work as an Assistant Professor of Governance at the Utrecht University. In my research, I study organisational and management puzzles in the public and semi-public sector, and in comparative public-private contexts. My research focuses especially on the role of leadership in responsible, moral behavior of and within organisations but also covers HRM and leadership in a broader sense. Among other things, I look at how managers foster ethical behavior among employees, what expectations employees have of managers in terms of leadership and ethical guidance, and how managers can develop their ethical leadership successfully. I teach various courses in the Bachelor Public Administration and Organization Science and the USG Master’s programmes in Public Management and Strategic Human Resource Management. I also give lectures in the executive master programme and workshops for organisations on a regular basis.
Throughout my career, I have been a member of many academic committees and several boards, including student-member of the Faculty Board, vice-chair of the Faculty’s Student Council and chair of the Graduate Platform of the VU Faculty of Social Sciences. Together with dr. Sabina Stiller (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and Alessandro Sancino (Open University, UK) I am currently executive board member of the international Public and Political Leadership Network (PUPOL). I am furthermore co-chair of the EGPA Permanent Study Group on Quality and Integrity of Governance and a member of the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG).
A full academic CV with information about teaching activities, workshops and public speaking, courses, publications, and awards can be downloaded here (updated 10 May 2017).