In today’s global village many people live and work abroad for a couple of years, or come into contact with people from other cultural backgrounds in their own country. In this blog I would like to talk about expatriation and intercultural communication, but I might also be blogging on topics such as international human resource management, cross-cultural psychology, intercultural aspects of healthcare, social support and the interaction between culture and nature. In short, anything connected with culture might catch my fancy!
Some of my posts are about scientific discoveries in the field, because the business world and the academic world are often two worlds apart. It is my ambition to bring both worlds closer together in this blog, because I believe in the importance of bridging theory and practice. I have always enjoyed straddling both worlds by combining a PhD research with my work as a communications advisor at a teaching hospital. In this blog I hope to make academic publications more accessible and interesting to you. Please let me know what you think and what you would like to read about – there is a world of academic wisdom out there!
I graduated in International Business Communication at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. After my studies I was a Visiting Study Fellow at University of Oxford where I conducted a research on the adjustment of Dutch diplomats and their partners in London. In February 2012 I successfully defended my PhD thesis ‘In Touch with the Dutch’, in which I put expatriates in touch with a Dutch host to examine the effect of this contact on the success of the international assignment. During my PhD I also worked as in house communication consultant at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and have done extensive voluntary work in the intercultural field for the Young Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research (Young SIETAR). One of my projects was to co-edit and co-author A Suitcase Full of Discoveries (2008), an intercultural storybook for children.
Currently I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Leadership and Corporate Strategy of the University of Southern Denmark. In my research I will focus on the various benefits of contact with locals for expatriates, both within and outside the workplace, and on how expatriates can more easily get in touch with locals as this can be difficult in certain countries.