Daan completed the Research Master Social Sciences at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. His connection with urban nightlife (by deejaying and organizing events) has played a major role in his academic career. His master thesis research took place in Japan, mostly in Osaka, where he studied African migrants who worked (and were placed in) in contexts that are seen as 'black': he became a resident deejay in a Nigerian owned nightclub, interviewed hip-hop clothing shop employees and (reggae) bar owners.
Daan's research with the ChemicalYouth project provides us with a new perspective on club drug use. The night-time leisure economy is interwoven with a range of chemicals, and not just for those using them recreationally.
This project explores how workers in night-clubs (from deejays to managers, event organizers and sound technicians) seek out stimulative drugs, like cocaine, amphetamine and nicotine, in order to enhance their presentation of the self and their performance. This research forms a part of the grand tour in the Netherlands.