Doutje works as the head of the Research & Advice department at the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights. She previously worked for Amnesty International, Human Rights Diplomacy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others. She holds a PhD in sociology and a degree in history and international relations. She is a strategic adviser at Bureau Clara Wichman and a member of the Advisory Board of Lover magazine. She has lived in Istanbul, Paris, Berlin and London, and now in Amsterdam.