Geerte studied International Humanitarian Action at the University of Groningen. She completed this master’s program with a research project on the impact of media on the disappearance of unaccompanied refugee children from Dutch asylum centers. During this research, she realized her commitment to advocating for a more humane and accurate portrayal of victims of humanitarian disasters. In her next master’s program, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, she chose to specialize in visual ethnography. In June 2021, she completed this study with a documentary and thesis on the clash between the nomadic existence of transport workers and the normalization of a sedentary lifestyle in contemporary capitalist societies. For this research, she specifically examined life in inland shipping, leading to the concept of Transport Nomadism. Since September 2021, Geerte has been interning at the communication department of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in Paris.
“I have never done that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do it.” – Pippi Longstocking