At present, I am Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Faculty of Social Sciences) at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, where I have a position since 1992. I have also worked as a researcher at CEDLA (2011-2016), as visiting professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife (2001-2002), and as researcher at the Department of Anthropology of University Utrecht (1992-1993).

I have extended experience in building academic cooperation with South American research groups, as evidenced by the Paulo Freire Centre I directed until 2016 at the Vrije Universiteit, two CAPES-Nuffic programs I coordinated between 2008 and 2015 and a Twinning project (UTSN) with the Faculty of Maatschappijwetenschappen at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname that run 2008-2011.