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 ideally has a seat in the Council by means of (at least) one representative.

The PhD 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. 

The current members of the PhD council are listed below. They will in turn act as the chair of the Council in the current academic year. You can contact the Council via the individual email address of the Council members or via the general email address


Department of Arts and Culture Studies (ESHCC)
Stine Skovbon
Van der Goot building, M7-05

Stine Skovbon is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. Her research is about sustainability within the classical music sector, specifically focusing on environmental and social sustainability of symphony orchestras.

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)
Sanne Allers
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.

Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil)
Ana Barbosa Mendes
Bayle Building 5th floor

Ana Barbosa Mendes is a doctoral researcher at the Erasmus School of Philosophy. She has a background in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology but has previously been engaged in interdisciplinary projects in a range of research fields. Her current research interests lie in Responsible Research and Innovation, Open Science, transdisciplinarity and participatory methods in research.

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Isbah Hameed
Room no 0.19, ISS building The Hague

Isbah Hameed is a first-year Ph.D. candidate at ISS. She has a background in teaching and researching environmental issues previously. In her Ph.D., her research is focused on studying the politics of climate change adaptation with a particular focus on adaptation projects employed in rural environments.

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)
Frédérique Franken
Bayle building, J8-01

Frédérique Franken is a second-year PhD student at the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM).  She has a background in Medicine and Health Economics, Policy and Law. Her research focusses on price variation in the medical-specialist care. She is interested in the extent of and driving forces behind price variation. Frédérique joined te PhD Council in October 2022. She also chairs the yESHPM board, that represents the interest of PhD candidate working at ESHPM. 

Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies (DPECS, ESSB)
Emily Tang
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.

Department of Media and Communication (ESHCC)
Zhen Ye

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.