Welcome to my personal website at the University of Amsterdam.
I am engaged in social science research methods in many ways. My expertise lies in the field of qualitative research methods. Specifically, I'm especially something qualitative interviewing and different forms of qualitative analysis such as Grounded Theory, Content Analysis, Discourse analysis and Ethnomethodology. I am an enthusiastic user of the qualitative analysis software ATLAS.ti since 1999, I am also well-aquainted with survey methodology and mixed methods research.
In 1999 I graduated in Sociology of Non-Western Societies in Leiden, on a thesis on the use of Ethnicity by Muslims in Galle in Sri Lanka. Since my graduation, the main focus of my work is on social science research methods. Initially I worked as an assistant to Dr. Wim Dechering in the project on multimedia education in social research methodology. Later this was a lecturer / PhD student at the Department for Research Methods and Techniques at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Since 2006 I work at the University of Amsterdam.
Since 1999 I teach in methodology courses at different levels, from introductions to methods, to Methods Electives for Research master students. Underneath the tab Teaching this year’s courses, as well as previous year courses can be found.
I deeply enjoy teaching research methods. It is great to enthuse students for subjects that scare or bore them beforehand. Apparently my enthusiasm comes across, because in 2011 I became University of Amsterdam Lecturer of the Year [See links at the bottom].
In 2010 I received my PhD with a thesis on interviewer behavior in open interviews. In this study, I used a large scale experiment to compare the effects of different probing tactics on the quality of the information obtained through the interview. The thesis can be found online. The PhD was supervised by Prof. Dr. J. van der Zouwen and Dr. H. van den Berg.
My current research focuses on method and is often linked to teaching. In academic year 2012-2013 Kees Schuyt, Carolien Bouw, 100 freshmen and 12 thesis students have done a restudy of the famous community study of Ivan Gadourek on Sassenheim: A Dutch Community (1953).
In the years 2013-2015, we are doing a similar project, but in this case it is a restudy of a more recent study, namely Place making at the newly made residential island IJburg by Tineke Lupi. Again all Freshmen gather survey data and our advanced students do more qualitative research within the IJburg project.
Together with Christian Bröer I am working on a paper on typifications of education in the qualitative analysis.
I regularly work on projects along as methodological consultant. See for example: Residents Initiatives .
I felt very privileged to be appointed in 2014 as ‘professor’ for the public lectures of the Universiteit van Nederland. I held five lectures of about fifteen minutes in a club in Amsterdam. All lectures were published on the Universiteit van Nederland Website and Youtube (in Dutch)
In early 2012, I was elected Lecturer of the year 2011, what an honor!
• The most beautiful part (in dutch)
Links naar externe sites
Teaching Qualitative Analysis and Interpretation using software, presentation held at the ESA midterm conference 2012 in Lund.
De sheets van het minicollege, zoals gehouden bij Het Glazen Huis van de Wetenschap op 3 september 2012.
Hierbij de sheets van mijn lezing over de student van tegenwoordig (maar vooral over methoden), zoals gehouden op de universiteitsdag 2012.