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Carolijn van Noort, PhD candidate

Image of Carolijn van NoortVariety is the spice of Carolijn van Noort’s life. So it is no surprise that she was drawn to a PhD topic that involved not one, but five countries.

A fascination with soft power techniques led Carolijn to embark on a PhD focussed on the theoretical concept of strategic narratives, through the case study of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). Her PhD has been a truly international experience - leaving her home in the Netherlands, she travelled to the other side of the world to study at Otago, and has since conducted research in all five BRICS countries.

Prior to starting her PhD, Carolijn completed a BA and MA in Media and Culture from the Universiteit van Amsterdam (Netherlands), and an MA in Global Business Management from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). Not content with three degrees, she has also completed extra courses in International Relations and Communications Science at San Francisco State University (USA) and Simon Fraser University (Canada).

Her working life has been similarly diverse and global, having worked as an English teacher in China, an International Hostess for a Cruise Line, and a Twitter expert for the Royal Dutch Airlines, as well as the usual student jobs in restaurants, bars, recreation camps and student organisations.

As you can imagine, Carolijn makes full use of the abundance of nature on Dunedin’s doorstep, in particular strolling on St Clair beach and riding her bike around Otago Peninsula.

As for life after her current academic adventure, Carolijn is keen to pursue a career that engages with public diplomacy, either through the diplomatic corps or through a university research role.

One thing is for sure, she won’t be slowing down anytime soon!

Read more about Carolijn’s PhD topic here.