I started out as a social geographer and demographer; my master's thesis concentrated on infant mortality in developing countries. I then worked in the Department of Sociology at Utrecht University, where I did research on female employment and fertility. In my spare time, I became active as a novelist: I have published several works of fiction.
After completing my MA in English, I began my teaching career, specialising in English for Academic Purposes. I have worked at Birmingham International Academy since 2013, first on a temporary basis and later as a permanent member of staff.