Half Spanish - half Dutch and married to an Australian, I have 12 years of professional work experience, including jobs in Europe, South East Asia, South America and Australia. Several of these positions have been jobs in environmental conservation, agricultural development and community engagement.
I have also worked 4 years at Van Hall Larenstein University as a lecturer in environmental policy and sustainable development. Throughout my career I have frequently chosen to change location as I enjoyed the challenge of a new environment and to learn from new experiences. I always experienced this as refreshing and very rewarding in terms of cross-fertilization and constant learning.
Throughout this journey I lived for a period of 18 months in Laos, where I will be going back for my PhD. In my previous period in Laos I worked as a contractor for the non for profit organisation Village Focus International. In this job I wrote project strategies that secured funding for projects that aimed to influence policy makers in their appreciation for small-scale land uses, which are sustainable and an alternative to large-scale investments and plantations.
Through this PhD I am entering a new phase in my personal and professional development. At the end of it, I hope to be a better person, and to have better research and analytical skills with which I can offer a tangible contribution to forest conservation and poverty alleviation.
van der Meer Simo, A. (2006). Farmers fighting poverty: Mapping rural people organizations in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. Publisher: Agriterra. Number AgriStudies: 12.5.07.51428.
van der Meer Simo, A. (2006). Country strategy paper: Romania. Publisher: Agriterra. Number AgriStudies: Publisher: Agriterra. Number AgriStudies: 12.1.07.51498.
Derix, E, van der Meer Simo, A, Marquez, L, van der Stap, R, Mamani, P. (2007). Estudio socio-económico e identificación de necesidades y potenciales en 14 comunidades del Municipio de Achocalla. Centro Integral de Desarrollo Socioeconómico y Agroecológico Chakana.