Nastasja has a background in Psychology (BSc, Griffith University, Australia) and Global Health (MSc, Maastricht University, the Netherlands). Her previous research focused on the social construction of a growing local drug problem and locally perceived needs for social action, on the small island of Lamu in Kenya. She has a particular interest in collaborative approaches to research and employs a range of creative methods to encourage these co-generated research encounters with her informants.
A shot to warm the body. A shot to enhance appetite. A shot to stimulate creativity. A shot to get drunk. These are just some of the commonly shared reasons behind the widespread consumption of the popular local alcoholic drink Cap Tikus in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, derived from the region's famous sugar palm trees.