PhD Council


The PhD Council is a platform by and for PhD candidates at the EGSH. The Council was founded on the premise that the opinions, questions and issues of each PhD candidate should be heard and discussed. To this end each faculty or institute participating in the EGSH has a seat in the Council by means of (at least) one representative.

The Council members are key regular representatives of the EGSH PhD community who advocate the interests of PhD candidates and contricute to the organizational development of the EGSH. Council members also join the EGSH Programme Board meetings. 

This year’s council (academic year 2020-2021) is organised around different committees. Each committee represents one of their main concerns:

  • Mental health and well-being committee
  • Organisation of the PhD trajectory (from soft landing to graduation)
  • Social events
  • Knowledge committee (review of the educational programme offered by the EGSH)

PhD Council 2020-2021

Chair: Novika Purnama Sari (Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences)
Vice Chair: Brenda Rodriguez Cortes (International Institute of Social Studies)
Secretary: Phuong Hoan Le (Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication)


Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESSB)
Novika Purnama Sari
purnamasari@essb.eur.nl
Mandeville building, T13-57

Novika Purnama Sari is a PhD Candidate at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, embedded with Generation R Study Group Erasmus Medical Centre. Her research project concentrate on the topic of autism. Using a prospective cohort study from foetal life until young adulthood data, her research explores how children with autism perform academically and how they make a relationship with peers. Additionally, she is interested in observing at how maternal and paternal factors relate to the symptoms of autism in children.

  • Knowledge committee
  • Mental health and well-being committee

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Brenda Rodriguez Cortes
rodriguezcortes@iss.nl
ISS building (The Hague), office I3-15

Brenda Rodríguez Cortés is a PhD candidate at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) located in The Hague. Using a feminist participatory approach, her research explores how women construct their sexual subjectivities with a special focus on the colonial legacies that continue to shape their sexuality(ies) until this day but also the ways in which these colonial legacies are being resisted. At ISS, Brenda is part of the Civic Innovation Research Group, the ISS Counselling Team, the ISS Mental Health Working Group and the ISS Feminist Circles. Moreover, Brenda is a member of the ISS PhD coucil and represents the ISS at the EGSH PhD Council since November 2019. Brenda is a member of the following committees:

  • Social committee
  • Mental health and well-being committee
  • Knowledge committee

Department of Media and Communication (ESHCC)
Phuang Hoan Le
le@eshcc.eur.nl
Van der Goot building, M8-10

Phuong Hoan Le is a Lecturer-PhD (in Dutch: “docent-promovendus”) at the Department of Media & Communication. Half of her time is allocated to PhD research in the field of organizational and corporate communications. Her doctoral dissertation is about organizational identification in the context of social media. With a background in media, communications, and business management, she investigates how people identify with the organization they work for, how an organizational identity becomes part of or woven into one’s personal identity. Does an organizations’ use of social media strengthen this sense of organizational identification, and is this a desirable effect for both parties? Is this sense of identification what drives individuals to share stories about their work with friends, family and strangers online? Hoan is a member of the following committees:

  • Mental health and well-being committee
  • Knowledge committee

Erasmus Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)
Abdulrhman Alsayel
alsayel@ihs.nl
Mandeville building, T14-03

Abdulrhman is now a PhD candidate at the Institute of Housing and Urban Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Abdulrhman's current research focus is to discover the connections and tensions between place branding, inclusive urban development, and the creative class theory. Before that, he led the youth engagement unit at UN-Habitat in its Future Saudi Cities Program, in the capacity of Youth and Advocacy Lead consultant, since July 2017.  He also works for Imam Abdulrhman Bin Faisal University as a lecturer, and before that was a research assistant for the Aramco Chair for Traffic Safety. He chaired the Youth Committee at King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue. Abdulrhman is a member of the following committees:

  • Knowledge committee
  • Social committee

Erasmus Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)
Audrey Esteban
esteban@ihs.nl
Mandeville building, T14-03

Audrey Esteban is a PhD candidate specialising in Urban Development and Governance. Her dissertation is on collective engagement and urban resilience where she looks at how disaster-prone cities transforms itself to become more disaster-resilient. The aim of the study is to distill critical conditions and patterns of resilience of four city cases. Audrey started her PhD in December 2016 and represents the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies since September, 2018. Audrey is a member of the following committees:

  • Social committee
  • Knowledge committee

Department of Arts and Culture Studies (ESHCC)
Britt Swartjes
swartjes@eshcc.eur.nl
Van der Goot Building, M7-05

Britt Swartjes is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. Her PhD research into music festivals and cultural diversity is part of the HERA-funded project Festiversities. With a background in sociology, she is researching how music festivals can be public spaces where people from diverse backgrounds meet. Britt is a member of the following committees:

  • Knowledge committee
  • Organisation of the PhD trajectory committee

Department of Public Administration and Sociology (ESSB)
Daphne van Helden
vanhelden@essb.eur.nl
Mandeville Building, T17-46

Daphne van Helden is a PhD candidate at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS). Her study is about diversity in academic careers. In particular, she studies which factors influence the gender gap in academic leadership positions. Daphne started her PhD in April 2019.  Daphne is a member of the following committees:

  • Organisation of the PhD trajectory committee
  • Knowledge committee

Department of History (ESHCC)
Jasmin Seijbel
seijbel@eshcc.eur.nl
Van der Goot Building, T6-48

Jasmin Seijbel is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of History Culture and Communication with a background in history and anthropology. Jasmin researches antisemitic discourse in Dutch football and educational programmes initiated by professional football clubs to combat antisemitic behaviour among their fans. Jasmin started her PhD in October 2019 and represents the History department at the EGSH PhD Council since September 2020. She is a member of the following commitees: 

  • Mental health and well-being committee
  • Knowledge committee

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)
Sanne Allers
allers@eshpm.eur.nl
Bayle Building, J8-01

Sanne Allers is a second year PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management. Her research focusses on the influence of payment on innovation in healthcare. Combining the scientific worlds of health economics and innovation management, she attempts to shed some light on the innovation ecosystem in Dutch healthcare. By understanding the influence of our current payment on healthcare innovation, she aims to establish recommendations towards a sustainable financial system. Sanne is a member of the following committees:

  • Organisation of the PhD trajectory committee
  • Knowledge committee

Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPHIL)
Thijs Heijmeskamp
heijmeskamp@esphil.eur.nl
Bayle building, J5-47

Thijs Heijmeskamp is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of Philosophy specializing on moral psychology. His research project concerns the workings of morality. In particular, he focusses on what is called the automaticity problem, i.e., the phenomenon that many of our action seems to be the result of automatic (cognitive) processes we do not have any control over. This is problematic for our current understanding of moral agency, in which conscious control of actions is taken to be a necessary condition. In order to move past the automaticity problem, he aims to develop a situated, embodied account of moral agency. Thijs started his PhD in March 2019. Thijs is a member of the following committees:

  • Organisation of the PhD trajectory committee
  • Knowledge Committee

Department of Public Administration and Sociology (ESSB)
Willemijn Bezemer
bezemer@essb.eur.nl
Mandeville Building, T15-47

Willemijn Bezemer is a PhD candidate at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS). She studies interactions between police officers and youth with a special focus on the emergence of (dis)trust and  the mechanisms which lead to overrepresentation of minorities in the criminal justice system. Willemijn started her PhD in January of 2018 and has represented the PhD Council since September 2020. Willemijn is a member of the following committees:

  • Mental health and well-being committee
  • Knowledge committee
  • Organisation of the PhD trajectory committee

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)
Xuelei Zhang
x.zhang@ihs.nl

Xuelei Zhang is a PhD candidate with a background of Public Administration at the Institute for Housing and Urban Developement Studies . Her research interests are urban governance and sustainable urban heritage development. Xuelei is a member of the following committees:

 

  • Social committee
  • Knowledge committee