Rik holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia (UK) and specializes in rigorous impact evaluation and applied econometrics. His academic and policy research focus is on sexual and reproductive health and youth aspirations in low- and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Since joining KIT in 2020, he has broadened his thematic expertise to sustainable agricultural development. As an academic scholar at the University of East Anglia and Radboud University he built up a strong foundation in research design, applied econometrics, and Stata. He has led complex and large-scale impact evaluations, covering multiple countries and treatment arms, coordinating large international teams of researchers, field coordinators, and enumerators. In these projects, he was also responsible for methodological design of impact evaluations, including design of sampling frameworks, sampling procedures, survey development, and data collection. He has a solid understanding and broad experience in applying different quasi-experimental approaches, such as propensity score matching, difference-in-difference designs, and panel fixed effects regression.