PhD Council

Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities


The PhD Council of EGSH is a platform by and for PhDs that are part of the Graduate School. The Council was founded on the premise that the opinions, questions, issues, and thoughts of each of its members merit being heard and discussed. To this end each participating department in the Graduate School has a seat in the Council by means of one representative.

For the academic year 2018-2019, the current council are focusing on two main agendas:

  • mental health of PhD candidates, and;
  • organisational improvements of the PhD Council and representation.

A number of activities are in the process and will be announced soon as well as this webpage through the calendar of events.

The 2018-2019 PhD Council consists of eight members from the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC), Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB), Erasmus University College (EUC), Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil), Institute for Housing and Urban Development (IHS), and International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

Moreover, It is the council's task to advice the Dean of the Graduate School on all matters that affect doctoral education. Members of the PhD Council are part of the Programme Board as key regular PhD candidate representatives and are actively engaged in the organisational development of the Graduate School.

So if you have a question, problem or good idea, do not hesitate to contact one of them; every idea and initiative is more than welcome!



Members 2018-2019

Chair: Audrey Esteban (Institute for Housing and Urban Development)
Vice chair: Lise Zurné (History)
Vice chair: Luis Artavia-Mora (International Institute of Social Studies)

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)

Department of Media and Communication
Anne van Eldik
vaneldik@eshcc.eur.nl
Van der Goot building, M8.45

Anne van Eldik is a PhD Candidate at the Erasmus School of History Culture and Communication. Her PhD project focuses on Urban Media Engagement, where she investigates how young people in cities use and produce media and how this helps them construct an urban identity. With a focus on Rotterdam as a super-diversity, she investigates the ways in which particularly social media are used as a tool to identify with the city and urban environment in which young people find themselves. Anne is a member of the following committees:

  • Welcome Committee
  • Organisational Committee

Department of History
Lise Zurné
zurne@eshcc.eur.nl
Van der Goot building, M6.32

Lise Zurné is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. With a background in visual anthropology, Lise is interested in the representation of 21st century violence in popular culture and focusses particularly on historical reenactments. She investigates how reenactors deal with sensitive pasts and the ethical issues they encounter in the bodily performance of the past by comparing cases in Indonesia (decolonisation) and the Netherlands and Belgium (Second World War). Lise is a member of the following committees:

  • Organisational Committee
  • Mental Health Committee

Department of Arts and Culture Studies
Apoorva Nanjangud
nanjangud@eshcc.eur.nl
Van der Goot Building, M7-07

Apoorva Nanjangud is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. She is currently working on a ERC-funded project 'Worlds of Imagination' which is a comparative study of film tourism in India, Brazil, Jamaica, South Korea, and the UK. Her subproject analyses the phenomenon of film tourism in India, by looking at how the popular culture induces global tourism flows. Bearing a qualitative, empirical approach for her research, she aims to understand why and how tourism traverses in the realm of popular film discourses, policy changes, and tourist experience; with a non-Western perspective. Apoorva is a member of the following committee:

  • Welcome Committee

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)

Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS)
Sanne van der Valk
vandervalk@essb.eur.nl
Mandeville building, T17-23

Sanne van der Valk is a PhD candidate at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS). She studies the effects of meetings between caseworkers and the (long-term) unemployed on social and labour market activation of the (long-term) unemployed. In addition, her research is aimed at understanding the mechanisms underlying this effect as well as the contextual factors that may be of influence. Sanne's research design can be characterised as a mixed method design, including experimental methods and realist evaluation. Sanne started her PhD in August, 2017 and she has represented the Department of Public Administration and Sociology in the PhD Council since September, 2018.  Sanne is a member of the following committees:

  • Knowledge Committee
  • Mental Health Committee
  • Welcome Committee

Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies (DPECS)
Erasmus University College (EUC)

André Mamede Soares Braga
mamedesoaresbraga@essb.eur.nl
Mandeville building & Erasmus University College

André Mamede S. Braga is a PhD candidate at the Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies (DPECS) of the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB). His research focuses on health promotion through behavioural change. The idea is to improve the health and well-being of the population by helping people lead a healthier lifestyle. To that end, he studies the mechanisms underlying the process of behavioural change, and utilises these insights to develop and test behavioural change interventions. He is also interested in utilising technology-based application to improve the cost-effectiveness of these interventions. André started his PhD in December of 2017 and has represented DPECS and EUC in the PhD Council since September 2018. André is a member of the following committee:

  • Mental Health Committee

Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil)

Philosophy of Man and Culture
Lydia Baan Hofman
baanhofman@esphil.eur.nl
Bayle building, J5-55

Lydia Baan Hofman is a PhD candidate at Erasmus School of Philosophy and the Erasmus Initiative ‘Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity’. Her research aims at elaborating the notion ‘response-ability’ introduced by Donna Haraway, in order to foster a constructive way of thinking about dealing with climate change that includes the perspectives of nonhumans as well as humans. As part of the DoIP team, she collaborates with Erasmus School of Law and Rotterdam School of Management. Lydia started her PhD in September 2018. Lydia is a member of the following committees:

  • Knowledge Committee
  • Welcome Committee

Institute for Housing and Urban Development (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 is the current chair of the PhD Council. She will represent the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies for the next two years. Audrey is a memeber of the following committees:

  • Social and Media Committee
  • Organisational Committee

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Luis Artavia-Mora
artaviamora@iss.nl
ISS building (The Hague), 0.18

Luis Artavia-Mora is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS). His research interests focus in the theoretical and applied work on human cooperation that locates at the intersection between Behavioural and Development Economics. His PhD topic studies “Migration, Integration and Discrimination in The Netherlands” by investigating the mechanisms driving helping behaviour in modern societies. Also, Luis is involved in a large-scale health intervention in Burkina Faso that sends mobile messages to HIV patients to improve their retention, adherence and psychosocial wellbeing during treatment. Moreover, Luis started his PhD in January of 2017 and he represents the Institute of Social Studies at the EGSH PhD Council since August 2018. Luis holds a seat as Vice-Chair and is a member of the following committee:

  • Social and Media Committee