OrganisationThe boards of the Graduate School


a)      The Executive Board consists of the Dean of the Graduate School and the Manager of the Graduate School.

  • Dean of the School
    prof.dr. Liesbet van Zoonen
  • Manager of the School
    drs. Jan Nagtzaam

  • The executive team is complemented by:

    • Dr. Fadi Hirzalla, senior lecturer and methodology consultant
    • Jan-Willem van der Mijde, MA, communications officer
    • Menno Verbeek, communications assistant

The contact details of the respective team members are available on the contact page.


 b)     The Supervisory Board consists of the Dean of the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, the Dean of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and the Rector of the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.  The members are:

  • Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)
    prof.dr. Viktor Bekkers, chairman
  • Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)
    prof.dr. Dick Douwes
  • Faculty Philosophy (FW)
    prof.dr. Frank van der Duyn Schouten
  • International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
    prof.dr. Inge Hutter

 c)       The Programme Board consists of scientists and scholars who are active in research in their respective fields and affiliated with EGSH, and who provide advice about the Graduate School programme. The Board consists of the following members:

Faculty representatives:

PhD candidate representatives:

Chair of the PhD Council: Lisenne Giel (Erasmus University College, EUC)

  • Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)
    Rian Koreman
    (Media and Communication)
  • Faculty of Philosophy (FW)
    James Grayot
    (Theoretical Philosophy)
  • Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)
    José Nederhand
    (Public Administration and Sociology)
  • International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
    Cynthia Embido Bejeno
    (Development Studies)

 d)      The PhD Council consists of PhD candidates from the various disciplines of the Graduate School. The council advises the Dean of the Graduate School, whether or not at request, about all matters regarding the Graduate School. The PhD Council currently consists of the following members:

Chair: Lisenne Giel (Erasmus University College, EUC)
Vice chair: Vicky Ariyanti (Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, IHS)

  • Faculty of Philosophy (FW)
    James Grayot
    (Theoretical Philosophy)

  • Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSBS)
    Ilse Verveer
    (Department of Psychology, Education and Child studies, DPEC)
    José Nederhand
    (Public Administration and Sociology)

  • Institute for Housing and Urban Development (IHS)
    Genea Canelles
    (Urban Development and Governance)

 e)      The International Advisory Committee consists of several prominent international scholars. The committee helps to reveal and confirm the quality of Graduate School's programmes and services, and advises on improvements where and when necessary. The committee consists of the following members: