September 28 | Dean's Master Class: 'Sustainability'


Event information

  • Type: Master Class
  • Date: September 28 (Thursday) 2017
  • Time: 12.15 - 17.00
  • Location: EUR Woudestein campus Rotterdam (directions and campus map), room to be determined
  • Enrolment:
    Exclusively for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
    Consult our enrolment policy for more information
  • Contact: enrolment@egsh.eur.nl
  • Telephone: +31 (0)10 40 82607


The upcoming edition of the Dean's Master Class will focus on the research theme 'Sustainability'. Graduate School Dean Professor Liesbet van Zoonen has again chosen a theme which cuts across disciplines and asked three distinguished scholars, from three academic fields, to present their research on the theme. The speakers and their respective disciplines are:

  • Assistant Professor Mariangela Lavanga (Arts and Culture Studies)
  • Professor Derk Loorbach (Dutch Research Institute For Transitions, DRIFT)
  • Assistant Professor Peter Scholten (Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, IHS)

The master class is a highly interactive event, consisting of a combination of presentations, discussions and assignments. During the afternoon, PhD candidates will work in groups towards presenting a draft research proposal on 'Sustainability'. The best proposal will be awarded 'The Dame'; the Dean’s Award for Multidisciplinary Excellence.


SpeakersDean's Master Class: 'Sustainability'

Assistant Professor Mariangela Lavanga
Department of Arts and Culture Studies

Mariangela Lavanga is assistant professor in Cultural Economics at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies. Her expertise lies in the analysis of the interrelations between cultural/creative industries and cities. Mariangela focuses on fashion and design-oriented firms, their business and growth models, and internationalisation strategies; fashion and design fairs/events as intermediaries and temporary clusters.


Professor Derk Loorbach
Dutch Research Institute For Transitions (DRIFT)

Derk Loorbach is director of DRIFT and professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB). Derk is one of the founders of the transition management approach as new form of governance for sustainable development. He has over one hundred publications in this area and has been involved as an action researcher in numerous transition processes with government, business, civil society and science. He is a frequently invited keynote speaker in and outside Europe.


Assistant Professor Peter Scholten
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)

Peter Scholten is a governance and sustainability specialist with a background in Social and Political Sciences of the Environment. He holds a PhD in water governance and specialises in governance, integrated planning and leadership strategies in complex decision-making environments, specifically concerning water-related issues. He coordinates and lectures courses at IHS/Erasmus University and Radboud University Nijmegen and currently engages in the developing of international training modules on Sustainable Urban Water management.