Prof. dr. Liesbet van Zoonen new dean Graduate School


Professor Liesbet van Zoonen has been appointed as dean of the Graduate School from January 1, 2014. Van Zoonen is professor of Popular Culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam and holds a chair in Media and Communication at Loughborough University (UK). She succeeds the ‘ founding father’ of the Graduate School, professor of Public Administration Victor Bekkers.

In his years as dean, professor Bekkers not only set the stage for the school, but also developed a solid organizational framework for the collaboration of the four founding disciplines. His efforts were rewarded by the University’s Executive Board this year with a 250.000 euro grant to enlarge and professionalize the further international recruitment to the school. He leaves the school in order to dedicate his attention to the coordination of a very large EU 7th framework research project.

“The Graduate School offers an intellectual home to over 200 PhD and Research Master Students in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Studies and Philosophy. I am immensely looking forward to work with such a talented and diverse group of students and hope to create an internationally appealing academic community with them”.

<link people victor-bekkers _blank>About prof. dr. Bekkers

Past February Bekkers successfully acquired a budget of 2.5 Million Euros, funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union, for LIPSE, one of the largest research wide projects on social innovation in the public sector. The projects lasts 3,5 years.
Researchers within project LIPSE, `Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments’, study the drivers and barriers of successful social innovation in the public sector. In the project EU researchers participate, stemming from 12 different universities and located in 11 countries participates. Professor Bekkers is the chief coordinator of the project.

<link people liesbeth-van-zoonen _blank>About prof. dr. Van Zoonen

Liesbet van Zoonen has an international research orientation and extensive multidisciplinary experience. For more than 20 years she worked at the University of Amsterdam and she has held positions as professor at Oslo University, and as visiting professor at the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) and the Hochschüle für Film und Fernsehen (Germany).
Her research has received funding from diverse disciplinary bodies, including the humanities, social sciences and technical sciences. It covers a wide range of issues in the social sciences, but all concern the question whether and how popular culture is a relevant resource for civic understanding and social participation. Furthermore she is internationally known for her work on gender and media (Feminist Media Studies, 1994), which has been translated into Chinese, French, Portuguese, Serbian and Italian.