I did my undergraduate degree in Amsterdam, at the VU University (in 2002). In 2003 I started my PhD at the International Institute of Social History and the University of Utrecht, which I finished and defended in 2007. That same year I moved across the Channel to the University of Cambridge where I first held an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2008), followed by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008-2011). The latter post was combined with a Research Associateship at St. John’s College, Cambridge.
After finishing my British Academy Postdoc I moved to the University of Oxford and Somerville College as a Research Fellow and the Principle Investigator of my ESRC Research Grant ‘Migration, human capital and labour productivity: the international maritime labour market in Europe, c. 1650-1815'. Later that year (in December 2011) I joined the University of Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow. My ESRC funded project is now also based at the University of Birmingham.