dr. (Simone) SMR Driessen


Simone Driessen is an assistant professor in Media & Popular Culture in the Arts & Culture Department of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before, she worked as a senior lecturer in the Media and Communication Department. As a researcher she is interested in topics at the intersection of media and popular culture. As a lecturer she is involved in several courses in the Arts & Culture program(s), and supervises theses.

In June 2017, Simone obtained her PhD from the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC). Her PhD-project examined the affordances of mainstream popular music in the everyday life of ageing audiences (e.g., exploring why fans remain fan of a band like boy band Backstreet Boys over time). In addition to researching why fans remain fans over time, Simone is currently examinig why fans discontinue their fandom (e.g. after a controversial moment or the cancellation of an artist). 

Furthermore, Simone is involved as a researcher in two Horizon projects  (Inspiring and Anchoring Trust in Science, and COALESCE, which works towards a European center on science communication) on science communication, particularly popular, digital science communication.

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

Assistant professor | Department of Arts and Culture Studies
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam


  • Simone Driessen (7 July 2023) - Wel of niet naar Rammstein?
  • Simone Driessen (1 July 2023) - De aantrekkingskracht van Rammstein. Mika (16) uit Assen: 'Als fan wil je backstage'
  • Simone Driessen (25 June 2023) - 'Wat toen kon, kan nu niet meer'
  • Simone Driessen (10 June 2023) - Wat te doen als jouw idool moreel alle grenzen over gaat
  • Simone Driessen (8 June 2023) - Is het nog wel betaalbaar om fan te zijn?
  • Simone Driessen (23 May 2023) - Bivakkeren voor The Boss
  • Simone Driessen (14 March 2023) - De moeizame overgang van kindster naar 'serieuze' artiest
  • Simone Driessen (10 November 2022) - Ajouad - Cancel Culture
  • Simone Driessen (15 June 2022) - De nacht van: de wondere wereld van fans
  • Simone Driessen (31 May 2022) - Waarom rechtszaak Johnny Depp zoveel kijkers trekt: 'Beter dan Netflix'

  • Simone Driessen (2022) - Insights into music fandom across the life course
  • Simone Driessen (2022) - De relatie tussen fan en idool
  • Simone Driessen (2022) - Cancel Culture, how to deal with it?
  • SMR (Simone) Driessen (2022) - Why are fans loyal anyway?
  • SMR (Simone) Driessen (2021) - Cancel culture
  • Simone Driessen (2020) - 'Good Fan, Bad Fan?' On politics, appropriateness, and toxicity
  • Simone Driessen (2018) - De Grote Roddelshow - Dit was 2018!
  • Simone Driessen (2018) - Our fascination with Flawed Celebrities
  • Simone Driessen (2017) - Waarom je levenslang fan kunt zijn van de Backstreet Boys
  • Simone Driessen (2016) - The future of music

  • Simone Driessen (2018) - ICA top paper award Popular Communication Division
  • Simone Driessen (2014) - DAME: Dean’s Award for Multidisciplinary Excellence

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Arts, Culture and Media

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BA-1, BA-1
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Cultural & Media Studies

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BA-2, BA-2, BA-3, BA-3
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News regarding dr. (Simone) SMR Driessen

Reversed gender roles in Barbie, it's like a game that we as a society can learn from

Media scientist dr. Simone Driessen explains on EenVandaag how the criticism towards Barbie reveals a tension in views on gender.

Controversy surrounding rock-'n-roll idols: Simone Driessen explains in the media

Simone Driesen explains about controversy surrounding artists and subsequent fan behaviour in several Dutch newspapers.
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What to do when your idol crosses all moral boundaries?

Simone Driessen on NPO Radio 1 on artists crossing moral boundaries and the effects on their fans.

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