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I am a sociologist interested in social theory, digital life and FOSS. I teach sociology courses at the University of Antwerp and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Previously, I worked as a Human-Computer Interaction researcher at Mintlab (KU Leuven). Areas of interest are algorithmic systems, digital tools for interaction, and social theory in the digital age. Earlier I conducted sociological research on professional debt collection in Belgium and completed a PhD on the topic.

On this site you’ll find information on the doctoral dissertation on debt and debt collection I defended in january 2020, a selection of academic publications, and a short biographical note.

If you are looking for my Zetteldeft note taking extension for Emacs, an open implementation of Luhmanns Zettelkasten system, read the introduction here.

Please note that, while the main language is English, some texts below are in Dutch.

Op 21 januari 2020 behaalde ik mijn doctoraat in de sociologie na de verdediging van mijn proefschrift, getiteld Schuld in meervoud. Schuldinvordering tussen economie, recht en sociaal werk. Dit manuscript biedt een sociologische verkenning van de professionele organisatie van schuldinvordering en -bemiddeling in België.

Meer informatie en het volledige manuscript zijn hier beschikbaar.


University of Antwerp

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


I am a cultural sociologist with experience in Human-Computer Interaction research, currently teaching at the University of Antwerp and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. My research domains are debt and debt collection practices, and digital social life. In January 2020, I earned a doctoral degree in sociology at the same university, where I was a teaching assistant in general and theoretical sociology from 2012 until 2018 at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Outside of my academic interests I enjoy exploring Emacs' text editing capacities and developing a basic Emacs package for note taking with the Zettelkasten method.

  • Sociology of Digital Life
  • Social Theory
  • PhD in Sociology, 2020

    University of Antwerp

  • MSc in Sociology, 2011

    University of Antwerp