"The point of my work is to show that culture and education aren't simply hobbies or minor influences"
Written by Pierre Bourdieu

Tirza (Julianne) van Bruggen

I was born in The Netherlands 27 years ago and have lived here, in various places, for the largest part of my life. However, I love to travel and have spent a few months living in Indonesia, where I have roots on my father’s side. Since the end of 2016 I have the privilege of working (as a PhD Fellow) in Denmark in one of the most lovely and serene cities in the world: beautiful, sunny, Copenhagen! You can view my photographs of and read all about Copenhagen, my work and struggles as a PhD Fellow and any of my travels here on my website!

Photo by: Ingrid Hofstra

About my work

In 2014 I graduated for my Bachelor Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) and in 2016 I received my Master diploma in International Relations at the University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen). I am currently a PhD Fellow at the Department of Food and Resource Economics of the University of Copenhagen (Københavns Universitet), at the Global Development section. This PhD project is a part of the Rule and Rupture research programme, which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC). For more information about the programme, please visit: www.ruleandrupture.dk.

During both my Bachelor and my Master education I became more and more convinced of my passion for doing research. I am predominantly interested in questions on topics of (good) governance, democracy, rule of law, conflict (resolution), citizenship and minority politics. Due to my Indonesian roots, I have a personal, as well as a professional, interest in Indonesian culture and politics. This is also the main focus of my PhD project, which is an ethnographic study on how political authority is produced through the governance of property in Indonesia. In conducting this research, I am influenced by the works of Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, Sally Falk Moore, and a great number of other incredible constructivist thinkers who have considerably changed the way we think and talk about society and politics today.

If you have questions about any of these topics, please feel free to contact me at: tirzavanbruggen.phdestination@gmail.com