Category Archives: Nieuwe leden stellen zich voor

Call for update of your personal profile for the NVAS website

afbeeldingPossibly, you have been a member of the NVAS now for quite some time. Therefore, your biographical details and the photograph that you sent to Marieke van Winden as part of your first encounter with the NVAS might now be outdated. The NVAS board would now like to give you the opportunity to update your NVAS profile. The webmaster will place your updated profile on the NVAS website under the heading ‘introduction NVAS members’ (‘Leden stellen zich voor’). If you would like to make use of this NVAS service, please email your updated document to the NVAS webmaster, Louise Müller. Her email address is:

Meine Pieter van Dijk

Meine Pieter van Dijk is economist and em. professor of Water Services Management at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, professor of entrepreneurship at Maastricht School of Management and em. professor of Urban management at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and at the Institute of Housing and Urban development Studies (IHS) of Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He is member of the research schools CERES and SENSE. He worked on and in developing countries since 1973 and as a consultant for NGOs, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, different bilateral donors and UN agencies.

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Thera Rasing

Thera Rasing (Ph.D.) is an anthropologist specialised in Gender Studies and Anthropology of Religion. Her specialities are female initiation rites, gender, sexuality, African traditional religion, Christianity, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, community based volunteers, tertiary education and urbanization. She has predominantly conducted research in Zambia, but also in Malawi and Uganda. She was senior lecturer and Head of Department of Gender Studies at the University of Zambia and at the Catholic University Malawi, and taught courses at other universities in Zambia. She conducted research for the Zambian Ministry of Community Development, on health systems strengthening and development among community based volunteers, and worked at the Centre of Infectious Disease Control Zambia (CIDRZ), where she conducted research to develop new health systems to provide better services for people living with HIV. As independent consultant she conducted research for UN organisations and various NGOs.

Menno Welling

mennoMenno Welling (abd) studied African Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology at Leiden University, University of Dar-es-Salaam and Syracuse University, NY. He is the owner and lead consultant of African Heritage Ltd in Malawi and African Heritage Consulting in the Netherlands. His interests are in African archaeology, cultural landscapes, heritage tourism and intangible cultural heritage. Since 2010 he has been an active member of ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM). He recently also joined the International Scientific Committees for Intangible Cultural Heritage (ISCICH) and Cultural Landscapes (ISCCL). As a consultant he is engaged with heritage impact assessments, World Heritage nominations and heritage management. African Heritage Ltd also has a tourism division which consists of a café and art gallery and offers guided heritage tours in Malawi.

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Linda van de Kamp

In February 2015, I joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. I previously worked at the Department of Culture Studies of Tilburg University. I obtained my PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam with the African Studies Centre, Leiden, in 2011 (cum laude).

My research interests are urban space, transnationalism, religion, ritual, gender, industrial and cultural heritage, and media. I conducted research in Mozambique, Brazil and The Netherlands. During my doctoral research I studied the growth of transnational religious movements in a city in transition, looking at the case of Brazilian Pentecostalism in Mozambique. I conducted two years of ethnographic fieldwork in various areas of the capital Maputo, using a mix of qualitative methods. Embedded in theories of cultural and religious anthropology, urban studies, and globalization, my dissertation argued that transnational religious engagement should not only be approached as a coping mechanism in times of rapid social change. It also implies investing in socio-cultural innovation by its followers, such as entrepreneurial initiatives and alternative family forms.

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David Ehrhardt


After a liberal arts and sciences degree from Utrecht University, I earned M.Phil and D.Phil degrees from the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development. Subsequently, I worked there as a research officer and project manager on the Abuja project of the Islam Research Programme (IRP). With this interdisciplinary background, I currently research and teach development and African studies at Leiden University College (LUC).

The questions that drive my work revolve around three themes: development and inequality, institutions, and conflict. What makes some societies, seemingly, so incredibly much better off than others? Is some of this inequality due to the norms and rules people live by (i.e. institutions)? And how do these patterns of inequality and institutional variation help to explain our (in)ability to resolve conflicts peacefully? I try to address parts of these questions through mixed-methods, fieldwork-based research (thus far in Nigeria and the Netherlands).



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Gerard Prinsen

Gerard Prinsen,spokesperson for the National Frozen Funds Group(FFG) Paraparaumu, 26 06 09

In de jaren 90 heb ik als SNV-er gewerkt in Zuidelijk Afrika. Eerst als adviseur voor het Ministerie van Financiën in Botswana in ‘development planning voor remote areas’ – een Tswana eufemisme voor ‘minderhedenbeleid’ – en later als directeur voor SNV in Mozambique. In 2004 ben ik als part-time PhD student in Nieuw Zeeland onderzoek begonnen naar gedecentraliseerde beheer van scholen en gezondheidsposten in Uganda en Tanzania. Daarnaast heb ik gewerkt als evaluator en adviseur voor diverse organisaties, waaronder de IOB. Sinds mijn promotie in 2011, werk ik part-time aan Massey University New Zealand, en aanvullend als adviseur voor het Dutch Consortium for Rehabilitation en als onderzoeker in een University of Glasgow project rond vlees, markten, en voedselveiligheid in Tanzania.


Louise Müller

Na mijn Bachelor en Master opleidingen Filosofie en Wereldgeschiedenis aan de Universiteit Leiden en de Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam vertrok ik in 2004  naas200_louise.mullerr de hoofdstad van Schotland voor een Msc. in Afrika Studies aan de Universiteit van Edinburgh. Ik ben in deze prachtige stad gebleven om aan dezelfde universiteit ook te promoveren in de Afrikanistiek. In de zomer van 2009 heb ik mijn promotie onderzoek aan de Universiteit van Edinburgh afgerond.   Continue reading

Daniela Merolla

2013-07-13Daniela Merolla (Associate Professor in African Literatures and Media at Leiden University) has been appointed Professor in Berber Literature and Art at the INALCO, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Sorbonne Paris Cité) in 2016. She is specialized in literary analysis and anthropology. Her work investigates the forces that drive circulation and appreciation of African artistic productions in North Africa (Berber) and West Africa (Ewe), including oral and written narratives, theatre, films/videos and artworks as well as novels, films and websites of Africans in Europe. A specific area of her research is the epistemology and history of Berber literary studies and the links between North Africa and Africa South of the Sahara.


Frans van Kooten

kootenIn het najaar van 2013 heb ik mijn master Internationale Betrekkingen aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam afgerond. Voor mijn master-thesis heb ik kwantitatief onderzoek gedaan naar de invloed van sociale voorzieningen op het ontstaan van burgeroorlogen, waarbij ik heb gekeken naar de verschillen tussen binnen- en buitenlandse financiering van deze sociale voorzieningen. Mijn belangstelling voor Afrika is tot bloei gekomen in 2011 toen ik een half jaar vrijwilligerswerk heb gedaan in Oeganda en Kenia. Op dit moment (begin 2014) help ik binnen het Afrika-Studiecentrum (ASC) mee met een onderzoek naar micro-verzekeringen in Togo. Ik ben erg geïnteresseerd in de relatie tussen overheidsvoorzieningen, binnenlandse (economische) ontwikkelingen en conflicten.

Mail: Frank van Kooten