2004 – 2005

Research school CERES, Utrecht (The Netherlands), Ph. D. training in the methodology of social scientific research

1996 – 2003       

Utrecht University (The Netherlands), Master theology

1995 – 1996       

Tilburg University (The Netherlands), Propaedeutic psychology


2015 – present

Research fellow at the Department of Practical Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein (South-Africa)

2010 – present    

Assistant professor in the Sociology of Media, Religion and Culture, Faculty of Theology, VU University Amsterdam

Director master Theology & Religious Studies (1 year)

Project manager reorganisation masters Theology and Religious Studies

Coordinator master specialisation Media

Coordinator research group Virtual Religion

2009 – 2011      

Postdoc researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam


Researcher VU Institute for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society

2008 – 2010

Senior researcher Reformed University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle

2003 – 2008

Ph. D. student VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology


Religion teacher secondary school (CEDER group) and youth worker (Geertekerk Utrecht)

nominations and grants


Best teacher nomination, VU University Amsterdam


Grant received from Stichting Innovatie Alliantie for an innovation project on moral competences in education (€250.000,-)


Grant received from the VU Institute for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society


NWO grant for organizing an international symposium on electronic dance music cultures (€2.500,-)


Grant received from the Van Coeverden Adriani Stichting for the publication of Playful Religion (€2.500,-)

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