Members of the Research Group

The Cultural Heritage Research Group, led by Hester Dibbits and Riemer Knoop, is a dynamic group whose composition changes. As a result the list below is not complete, but it does provide a representative sample of the diversity and expertise present in the Research Group. 

Marlous Willemsen is director of Imagine IC, an archive, museum and heritage platform in Amsterdam. Marlous’s research topics include Religion in Heritage Work and Emotion Networks and Heritage Wisdom in Educational Settings. Previously, she worked at the Wereldmuseum and the Prince Claus Fund, among others.

Michiel Schwarz is a cultural researcher, futurologist and consultant. In his Sustainism Lab he develops projects on sustainist culture. In 2013-2014 he was Artist in Residence at the Academy of Architecture and the Reinwardt Academy, after which he became a researcher in the Street Values project. 

Jule Forth is a research assistant at the NWA project Emotion Networks Around Heritage in Educational Settings and the NWO-KIEM project Facilitated Interaction on Heritage and Wellbeing. For her master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology she examined gender relations in India. For the Leiden City Photographer project she does anthropological research into nightlife. 

Nancy van Asseldonk is a teacher of Information Management and Archives at the Reinwardt Academy and was the project leader of Culture in Context (2009). She is the coordinator of the Heritage Lab, part of the Amsterdam Creative Industries Network. 

Martijn de Waal is a lector in Play & Civic Media and head of research at the Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He is co-author of the book De Platformsamenleving (‘Platform Society’) and co-founder of, a platform for research into the role of digital media in urban culture.

Charlotte Faber works as a student assistant in the Emotion Networks Around Heritage in Educational Settings project. Charlotte took a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Heritage at the Reinwardt Academy, specializing in exhibition production, and then followed the master’s degree programme in Museology.