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 contribute to the organisational development of the EGSH. Council members also join the EGSH Programme Board meetings. 

This year’s council (academic year 2021-2022) is organised around different committees and working groups. Each represents one of their main concerns:

  • Social committee
  • Mental health committee
  • PhD trajectory committee
     
  • Working group on challenges of external PhD candidates
  • Working group on integrity/harassment issues

PhD Council 2021-2022

Chair: Willemijn Bezemer (Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences)
Vice Chair: Jasmin Seijbel (Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication)
Secretary: Sanne Allers (Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management)

Contact: 
For general enquiries: phdcouncil@egsh.eur.nl
For specific enquiries on committee or working group activities, please feel free to contact the respective council member.


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 and working groups:

  • Mental health and well-being committee
  • Organisation of the PhD trajectory committee
  • Working group on integrity/harassment issues

Department of History (ESHCC)
Jasmin Seijbel
seijbel@eshcc.eur.nl
Van der Goot Building, M6-48

Jasmin Seijbel is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of History Culture and Communication with a background in history and anthropology. Jasmin works within the project Sport and Nation and her doctoral research is on Football Fandom and Holocaust Education. She is interested in football-related antisemitic discourse(s) in on- and offline spaces. Her research also involves educational programmes initiated to prevent discrimination and antisemitism in football stadiums in the Netherlands. 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 committees and working groups: 

  • Mental health and well-being committee
  • Working group on integrity/harassment issues

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

Sanne Allers is a third 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 and working groups:

  • Organisation of the PhD trajectory committee
  • Working group on challenges of external PhD candidates

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Brenda Rodriguez Cortes
rodriguezcortes@iss.nl
ISS building (The Hague), office 3.15

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 they resist them. 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 and working groups:

  • Mental health and well-being committee
  • Working group on integrity/harassment issues

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 and working groups:

  • Mental health and well-being committee

Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies (DPECS, ESSB)
Emily Tang
e.tang@essb.eur.nl
Mandeville Building, T13-27

Emily Tang is a PhD candidate at the Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies (DPECS). After obtaining a master's degree in Media and Culture and Child and Family Studies, she is pursuing her PhD in evidence-based youth care. Her research is about the effectiveness of family-centered treatment in (semi-)residential youth care. Emily started her PhD in January 2020 and joined the PhD Council in September 2021. Emily is a member of the following committees and working groups:

  • Social committee
  • Working group on challenges of external PhD candidates

Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management (ESHPM)
Leonoor Gräler
graler@eshpm.eur.nl
Bayle building, 6-8 floor

Leonoor Gräler is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management (ESHPM). Her research is about informal care for older persons, with a special focus on the overlap of informal care with formal care such as nursing home care and care arrangements of municipalities. Leonoor started her PhD in September 2019. She joined the PhD council in September 2021. Leonoor is a member of the following committees and working groups:

  • Social committee
  • Working group on challenges of external PhD candidates

Department of Media and Communication (ESHCC)
Phuong 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 gig community identification. Gig workers have been growing exponentially in number and diversity, but little is known about their experience of belongingness and oneness at work. Gig work is done independently and remotely and is characterized by high levels of job insecurity and a lack of organizational support and organizational identity/membership cues. With a background in media, communications, and business management, she investigates whether, how, and to what extent conventional understandings of social identification are transferable to the gig economy and the role of communities of gig workers herein. Hoan is a member of the following committees and working groups:

  • Mental health and well-being committee
  • Working group on integrity/harassment issues

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 and working groups:

  • 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 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 and working groups:

  • Social committee

Department of Media and Communication (ESHCC)
Zhen Ye
ye@eshcc.eur.nl

Zhen Ye is a PhD candidate in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC). Her research is about gender and cultural production in the live-streaming industry. Zhen started her PhD on September, 2020 and has joined the PhD Council since January, 2021. Zhen is a member of the following committees and working groups:

  • Organisation of the PhD trajectory committee
  • Working group on integrity/harassment issues