Since February 2020, Maarten works as a Research Assistant for the research project Independence, decolonization, violence and war Indonesia 1945-1950. Together with Peter Romijn and Remco Raben, he investigates how political and administrative processes shaped the way in which the Dutch side has dealt with the issue of mass violence as an endemic aspect of the Dutch-Indonesian war of decolonization and independence. He furthermore assists Martijn Eickhoff with his research on the history of the war in Central Java.
Maarten studied Political Science at the Free University Amsterdam (MSc, 2012) and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Uppsala (MA, 2017). Before his current role at NIOD, he was a research assistant at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) for the same research project Independence, decolonization, violence and war Indonesia 1945-1950.