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In top-down alphabetical order.

Pauwke Berkers, PhD
Pauwke Berkers is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Art and Culture in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies. His interests include symbolic and social boundaries, racial/ethnic and gender inequality in the arts, cultural fields and popular music.

Prof.dr. Evert Bisschop Boele
Evert Bisschop Boele is Endowed Professor of Culture Participation at the ESHCC and occupies the chair ‘Meaning of Culture Participation’. Also he will be one of the figureheads of the Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab (RASL).

Laura Braden, PhD
Laura E. A. Braden is an Assistant Professor in the Arts and Culture Department of Erasmus University’s Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication. Her research focuses on differential recognition in the visual art world.

Prof.dr. Hester Dibbits
Hester Dibbits is endowed professor Historical Culture and Education in the Department of History. Her research focuses on the use of heritage in educational networks of schools, heritage institutes, museums and the tourist industry.

Simone Driessen, PhD
Simone Driessen is a lecturer in the department of media and communication involved in several courses in the IBCoM and pre-master program. Her research interests are audience reactions towards and audience engagement with popular culture.

Bregje van Eekelen, PhD
Bregje van Eekelen is Senior Researcher History of Social and Human Sciences at the Department of History. Her research historicizes contemporary concepts (e.g. “creativity”, “knowledge economy”, “quality”).

Prof.dr. Koen van Eijck
Koen van Eijck is Professor in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies. His research focuses on social inequality and trends in
cultural participation and taste patterns, arts education, talent development, and the perception and appreciation of visual art.

Jiska Engelbert, PhD
Jiska Engelbert is a critical discourse researcher. Her work explores the relationship between (increasingly) media-oriented practices—from contemporary fundraising to controlling the borders of Europe—and neoliberalism.

Trilce Navarrete Hernandez, PhD Trilce Navarrete Hernandez is lecturer in the Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship program. As a digital heritage researcher (focused on economic changes) Trilce is driven by an interest to support access to heritage materials.

Erik Hitters, PhD
Erik Hitters is Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Industries in the Department of Media & Communication. His research interests lie in the broad field of transformations in the media and (local, regional, and national) cultural industries.

Arno van der Hoeven, PhD
Arno van der Hoeven is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Communication. His research interests include popular music, cultural heritage and local identity. His current research focuses on the digitisation of urban cultural heritage.

Prof.dr. Susanne Janssen
Susanne Janssen is Chair of the Department of Media and Communication. Her research and teaching activities lie in the fields of cultural sociology, media and communications research, and the sociology of the arts and literature.

Prof.dr. Jeroen Jansz
Jeroen Jansz holds the Chair of Communication and Media in the Department of Media & Communication. His research takes the Internet as a starting point and aims to explain the relations between media consumers and media producers.

Mariangela Lavanga, PhD
Mariangela Lavanga is Assistant Professor in Cultural Economics
at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies. Her expertise
lies in the interrelations between cultural/creative industries and cities. She focuses on fashion
and design-oriented firms.

Emiel Martens, PhD
Emiel Martens is a media lecturer, researcher and producer. His research interests include postcolonial (media) studies, media geography, popular geopolitics, cultural politics, creative industries, film (and) tourism and alternative media.

Jason Pridmore, PhD
Jason Pridmore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communication. His research interests include digital identification, the use of social media & consumer data as surveillance practices, and digital security issues.

Prof.dr. Stijn Reijnders
Stijn Reijnders is Professor of Cultural Heritage and Director
of Education of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. In addition to
his work on film tourism, Reijnders currently supervises a PhD project on dark tourism.

Mélodine Sommier, PhD
Mélodine Sommier is Assistant Professor in Intercultural Communication. Her research interests include (from a critical angle) intercultural communication, identity issues, anti-racism education, migration and acculturation processes.

Daniel Trottier, PhD
Daniel Trottier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communication. His current research considers the use of digital media for policing in a range of contexts, including by citizens to make other individuals visible and accountable.

Marc Verboord, PhD
Marc Verboord is Associate Professor of Media and Culture. His main research interests concern cultural globalization and the impact of new media on cultural markets. He’s published on various cultural forms and is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Poetics.

Prof.dr. Filip Vermeylen
Filip Vermeylen teaches various courses in the Master’s program ‘Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship’. He conducts research on a wide range of issues dealing with the economics of art and culture, with a particular focus on art markets.

Janelle Ward, PhD
Janelle Ward is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Communication. Her expertise is in digital communication. She currently researches how people create and manage impressions on mobile dating apps like Tinder.

Prof.dr. Ben Wubs
Ben Wubs is an Associate Professor Economic and Business History at the Department of History of the ESHCC. He is engaged in projects related to multinationals, business systems, economic regions and transnational fashion industry.

PhD Candidates

Balázs Boross, MSc
Balázs Boross is a PhD candidate at the Department of Arts & Culture Studies. His project investigates tv productions as participatory spaces and the ways social groups use traditional forms of media publicity to create order and meaning.

Carolina Dalla Chiesa, MSc
Carolina Dalla Chiesa (1987) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Arts and Culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam with a project on Crowdfunding for Cultural and Creative Industries by comparing different sectors within crowdfunding markets.

Rick Everts, MSc
Rick Everts is a PhD candidate at ERMeCC. His research is part of the NWO-funded project Staging popular music (POPLIVE) and focuses on the role of live music ecologies in the careers of pop musicians by looking at the different actors involved.

Zouhair Hammana, MSc
Zouhair Hammana (1990) is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture. He studies cultural literacy in everyday urban life under the supervision of prof. dr. Susanne Janssen and dr. Marc Verboord.

Ruud Jacobs, MSc
Ruud Jacobs (1987) is a PhD candidate at the Department of Media & Communication. His PhD research is part of the NWO-funded project Persuasive Gaming in Context: From theory-based design to validation and back, that started in October 2013.

Alice Janssens, MA
Alice Janssens is a PhD candidate at the Department of History. Her research focuses on Berlin as a fashion capital during the Interwar period. Translating between business and economic history, urban economics, cultural and political perspectives.

Karen Klijnhout, MSc
Karen Klijnhout is  a PhD candidate at ERMeCC. Her PhD research focuses on the impact of cultural diversity on urban cultural organisations. It is supervised by prof. dr. Susanne Janssen, dr. Isabel Awad and dr. Marc Verboord.

Rian Koreman, MSc
Rian Koreman (1986) is a PhD-lecturer in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University. She has been working on the NWO-funded project: Constructing Cultural Authority under supervision of prof.dr. Janssen and dr. Verboord.

Anouk Mols, MSc
Anouk Mols is a PhD candidate at the Department of Media & Communication. Under supervision of Dr Jason Pridmore and Prof. Susanne Janssen, she studies how users of mobile technologies develop mental models of privacy.

Shirley Nieuwland, MSc
Shirley Nieuwland is a PhD candidate at the Arts and Culture Department. 
Her research project focusses on urban tourism and Airbnb in creative cities, supervised by dr. Mariangela Lavanga and prof. dr. Filip Vermeylen.

Julian Schaap, MSc
Julian Schaap is a PhD candidate in cultural sociology at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies. His research focuses on social and cultural stratification on the basis of whiteness, race-ethnicity and gender in various cultural fields.

Frank Weij, MSc
Frank Weij is a PhD candidate at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies. His research is focused on the reception of art and artists by Western media platforms and media audiences. His PhD project focuses on geopolitics and art activism.

Yosha Wijngaarden, Msc
Yosha Wijngaarden is a PhD candidate at ERMeCC. Under supervision of Erik Hitters and Susanne Jansen, she studies how cultures of innovation develop in co-located creative industries and what the effects are of their co-location.



Micha Hamel (Codarts)
Micha Hamel is a composer, poet and researcher. He published 5 poetry bundles and wrote a book on the future of classical music. He currently writes a new opera, works on a literary work for the digital space and leads the GAMPSISS project.

Rens Kortmann (TU Delft)
Rens Kortmann is Assistant Professor at the Department of Multi-Actor Systems, TU Delft. He is interested in the way games can equip people with knowledge, skills or attitude to tackle the problems they encounter in their living environments.