- Postdoc Researcher
Maarten obtained an MA in African Studies from Ghent University (Belgium) with a research project on the re-integration of ex-combatants in Liberia and an MPhil in African Studies from Leiden University (the Netherlands). In 2016, he received his PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale) (Germany) with a research project that focused on the persistence of local social institutions despite the upheaval cause by the civil war in Liberia (1989-2003). By developing a phenomenological approach to “traditional” idioms like landlord-stranger reciprocity and secrecy, Maarten analyzed their meaning as it emerged in a post-war environment. Since 2017, Maarten worked in the field of HIV prevention and test-counselling with the AIDS-Hilfe Halle/Sachsen-Anhalt Süd e.V.