Pieter Lagerwaard is a PhD researcher at the University of Amsterdam. His research entails a political ethnographic study of the situated practices of Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) in Europe. He focusses on how financial intelligence is made commensurable across national borders, how financial knowledge on terrorism finance is enacted, and how situated judgement manifests in practice. The goal of the project is to unpack and bring to the fore the perspectives of security professionals; the daily dilemma’s they face in terms of societal expectations, privacy considerations, technological restrictions, and other practice-related challenges.
Academic background: For both his bachelor in anthropology and research master in social science (cum laude), Lagerwaard has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in India. The former research project was concerned with migration and was a collaborative effort by the ‘Provincial Globalization’ research team, under supervision of the late Prof. Dr. Mario Rutten (see http://www.provglo.org/ and this publication). The master project contributed to the growing field of financial anthropology by engaging the financial market of Mumbai. Through daily interaction with stockbrokers Lagerwaard addressed how local brokers experience and ‘negotiate’ the evolving nature of global finance (see this publication).
The PhD is part of the project 'FOLLOW: Following the Money from Transaction to Trial,' led by Prof. Dr. Marieke de Goede (UvA) and funded by the European Research Council. FOLLOW studies the path of the suspicious financial transaction across private and public spheres through the analysis of how knowledge is formed and mobilized by banks, FIUs and courts. FOLLOW is interested in the everyday life of security practices and the complex dilemmas faced by the actors at stake, and relies on participant observation coupled with in-depth semi-structured interviews. See for more information: http://www.projectfollow.org/.