David studied both Human Geography at Utrecht University (graduated in 1997) and Heritage Studies at VU-Amsterdam (graduated in 2013, cum laude). At present he is an external Phd candidate at Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology (supervised by prof. dr. J. Kolen) as well at VU-Amsterdam (supervised by prof. dr. J. Renes). His research focusses on contested heritage in postcolonial cities, with a variety of (international) case studies. He aims to offer a critical reflection on the position of this heritage worldwide, that often seem to be absent in the heritage sector and official heritage discourses. However, in a globalising world with increasing international tourism and rapidly expanding cities, the position of this heritage can’t be neglected. A critical reflection is necessary to make well-balanced choices for the future.
Besides his research, David is a cultural heritage specialist working for Zeeland Heritage, the cultural heritage agency for the province of Zeeland (in Middelburg). Formerly David worked among other jobs for the Monument Selection Project in the province of Limburg, nominating young architecture and military landscapes for the national heritage list, and for the city of Maastricht (cultural heritage department).
And last but not least David is involved with several organisations related to cultural history. He is a member of the editorial team of the Journal of European Landscapes, a member of the Educational Board of the Heritage Academy (organising courses for heritage professionals) and regional correspondent for two periodicals. Furthermore, he is an active member of ICOMOS-NL, leading a group of interested members on shared heritage by organising debates, excursions and other activities. He has a special interest in cities/urban development, colonial heritage/shared heritage/world heritage/contested heritage (and dark tourism), cultural landscapes/green heritage, and global relations/international politics.