Sociology (2017 cohort)
I am a DPhil candidate at the Department of Sociology at Nuffield College. My DPhil thesis is on the influence of inequality on cooperation in common pool resources. To test my hypotheses, my research will make use of contextualised laboratory experiments and detailed common land datasets. To connect the laboratory setting to common lands, I intend to use a method of decreased abstraction, integrating elements of the social structure within a common in the experiments, using so-called Common Pool Resource [CPR] games. Forests, fishing grounds, pastures and fresh water supplies are all natural resources subject to overexploitation. I hope my research will eventually provide new insights on the use and preservation of these common pool resources.
I hold a BSc and MSc in Sociology from Utrecht University. During my Bachelor’s and Master’s I worked as a student assistant for several projects at Utrecht University and as a teacher in two Bachelor courses in statistics and social research. From September 2016 until July 2017 I was member of the local organising committee of the 16th Biennial International Association for the Study of the Commons [IASC] Conference. At this conference I also presented my Master’s thesis on graduated and strict sanctioning and cooperation in Common Pool Resources.