PhD, Amsterdam, 2003
Professor Spierenburg worked as an associate expert for the Social and Human Sciences for UNESCO in Dakar, Senegal (1998-2000) and at the Division of Ecological Sciences in Paris (2000-2001).Between 2001 and mid-2016 she worked at the VU Amsterdam, and also served as Scientific Director of CERES, the Research School for Resource Studies for Development, between 2013 and mid-2016. She is (co-)vice-chair of the Scientific Committee of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society, a research program of the International Council for Science (ICSU), UNESCO, and United Nations University. She also chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of the African Studies Centre, Leiden.
Professor and Chair of the Sociology of Development and Change group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Ph.D. (Cum Laude) in Political Science / Anthropology, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2008
Books / edited work
Articles in peer reviewed journals
PhD Social Sciences, University of East Anglia
Dr Juliet Colman holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of East Anglia. She is currently the Founder and Director of Security for Women which is an advocacy and research organisation that raises awareness of gender equality issues with the security sector globally. This organisation was launched with the support of UN Women and the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Prior to this she was President of the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO) which represents over 80 women’s organisations in the UK. She has also served as the trustee and President of UNIFEM UK (now UN Women UK) and coordinator of Global UNIFEM National Committees including Australia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Sweden and the USA.
PhD, Economics, University of Cape Town, 2016
Dr. O’ Riordan completed a doctoral degree in Economics at the University of Cape Town, entitled Country Programmable Aid: Differences, Divergences and Contradictions between Donor Aid Strategies and Beneficiary Country Development Plans. His research concerned the form and content of international donor aid, and how international donor organisations attempt to shape governance in Africa. His research contributes to understandings of the citizenship and governance, one of the department’s areas of focus, and more generally to questions of sovereignty across the continent. His work promises to extend on South Africa-centric analyses and expertise in the department to the rest of the continent.
Dr. O’ Riordan has more than twenty years’ experience working in the world of international aid, having worked for the EU and UN on projects across four continents. In Africa, he has worked in Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Malawi, Sudan, S. Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Studies, Brown University.
PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2013
Ongoing interests: Kinship and Family, Critical global health studies, HIV/AIDS, humanitarian interventions, Science and technology studies, ethics
PhD, University of Bologna, 2011.
Postdoctoral Fellow within the SARChI Research Chair in “The Sociology of Land, Environment, and Sustainable Development”
Ongoing Interests: Science and technology studies; Governance and politics of resources; Social production of time and space; Political economy of agrarian transformation.