Media and Cultural Industries

ERMeCC Research Theme

Against the background of wider technological, economic, socio-cultural and political developments, the logics of the media and cultural industries have been changing significantly in recent decades. They have become major economic growth sectors, especially in advanced western countries. We examine how media organizations and industries have responded to altering international, national and local (business) conditions brought about by these developments. What has been the impact of successive technological innovations on the production and distribution of media and cultural content? To what extent and in what ways are structures and processes of media production currently being transformed by increasing digitalization, converging media and shifting ownership structures? How does this affect the nature of creative work in the media and cultural industries? Our research also seeks to understand and qualify the role of media and cultural industries for cities and regions worldwide as breeding grounds for economic and cultural developments, and as places for cultural consumption and tourism.

Fields and industries

ERMeCC researchers focus on the following fields and industries:

  • Innovation in the Creative Industries (Bhansing, Hitters, Wijngaarden).
  • Tourism (Reijnders, Bolderman, Siri Driessen, Van Es, Waysdorff). 
  • Cultural Heritage (Braden, Janssen, Reijnders, Van der Hoeven, Vecco, Vermeylen).
  • Popular music (Berkers, Bolderman, Simone Driessen, Handke, Hitters, Janssen, Schaap, Van der Hoeven, Van Poecke).
  • Film and Television (Kersten, Krijnen, Bouman, Engelbert, Janssen, Verboord).
  • Journalism and News (Hille, Janssen, Kester, Slot, Verboord).
  • Telecommunications and Mobile Devices (Mosemghvdlishvili).
  • Digital Games (Jansz, Jacobs, Kneer, Neys, Ribbens, Slot).
  • Fashion and Design (Braden, Lavanga). 
  • Literature and Book Publishing (Berkers, Van Es, Janssen, Verboord, Van Rees).
  • Visual Arts (Arora, Braden, Handke, Van Hest, De Strooper, Vermeylen, Vecco, Weij).
  • Performing arts (Bhansing, Ragsdale). 

Recent publications

A selection of publications within this research theme is listed below.


  • Ahmed Al-Rawi. Media Practice in Iraq. Basingstoke, Hampshire (UK). Palgrave-McMillan (ISBN 978-0230354524).

  • Christian Handke. Digital Copying and the Supply of Sound Recordings, Information Economics and Policy, 24(1), 15-29.

  • Arno van der Hoeven. Remembering the popular music of the 1990s: dance music and the cultural meanings of decade-based nostalgia. International Journal of Heritage Studies.  Online first: DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2012.738334.

  • Arno van der Hoeven. The popular music heritage of the Dutch pirates: illegal radio and cultural identity. Media, Culture and Society, 34(8), 927-943.

  • Lela Mosemghvdlishvili & Jeroen Jansz. Negotiability of technology and its limitations: the politics of App development. Information, Communication & Society. Online first: DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2012.735252.

  • Marc Verboord. Exploring authority in the film blogosphere: Differences between male and female bloggers regarding blog content and structure. Interactions, 2(3), 243-259.


  • Isabel Awad Cherit. Latinas/os and the mainstream press: The exclusions of professional diversity. Journalism: theory, practice and criticism, 12(5), 515-532.

  • Amanda Brandellero & Karen Pfeffer. Multiple and shifting geographies of world music production. Area, 43 (4), 495-505.

  • Timothy J. Dowd & Susanne Janssen  (Eds.) Globalization and diversity in cultural fields: Comparative perspectives on music, literature and television. Special issue of American Behavioral Scientist, 55 (5).

  • Erik Hitters. Back to Hilversum. Consolidation of the Dutch broadcast cluster. In R.G. Picard & C. Karlsson (Eds.), Media clusters: Spatial agglomeration and content capabilities (pp. 99-119). Cheltenham, UK: Edgar Elgar (ISBN 9780857932686).

  • Stijn ReijndersPlaces of the Imagination. Media, tourism, culture. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing. (ISBN: 978-1-4094-1977-8).

  • Mijke Slot, Leonie Ruhe, & Valerie Frissen (2011). Nieuws online. Een studie naar digitale nieuwsproductie door traditionele aanbieders en nieuwkomers. Maastricht: Designing the daily digital (ISBN 9781453793767).

  • Marc Verboord. Market logic and cultural consecration in French, German and American bestseller lists, 1970-2007. Poetics. Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts, 39 (4), 290-315.


  • Christian Handke. ‘The Creative Destruction of Copyright. Innovation in the Record Industry and Digital Copying' (PhD Thesis) Rotterdam. Erasmus University.

  • Erik Hitters & Miriam van de Kamp. Tune in, fade out: Music companies and the (re)valuation of local music products in the Netherlands. Poetics. Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts, 38, 461-480.

  • Susanne Janssen. De institutionele logica van de journalistiek: onderzoek naar het journalistieke veld in het spoor van Bourdieu. Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap, 38 (3), 259-267.

  • Susanne Janssen, Marc Verboord, Giselinde Kuipers. Classificaties in de kunstjournalistiek. Hoge en populaire cultuur in Amerikaanse en Europese elitekranten. Sociologie, 6 (4), 51-77.

  • An Kuppens. English in advertising: Generic intertextuality in a globalizing media environmentApplied Linguistics, 31(1), 115-135.

  • Stijn Reijnders. On the trail of 007. Media pilgrimages into the world of James Bond. Area, 42, 369-377.


  • Erik Hitters. Exploring the creation of urban media clusters in the creative city. In A. Albarran, P. Faustino & R. Santos [Eds.] Media as a Driver of Information Society (pp. 349-367). Lisbon: Media XXI/Formal Press.

  • Timothy Dowd, Susanne Janssen & Marc Verboord, Fields in transition, Fields in action. Special Issue of Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts, 37 (5-6), 399-506.

  • Miriam van de KampWhere Corporate Culture and Local Markets Meet. Music and Film Majors in the Netherlands, 1990-2005. PhD Dissertation. Erasmus University Rotterdam.

  • Stijn Reijnders. Schuldig landschap. Over de toeristische aantrekkingskracht van Baantjer, Wallander en Inspector Morse. Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap, 37(2), 118-132.


  • Susanne Janssen. The empirical study of careers in literature and the arts. In: D. Inglis & M. Herrero [Eds.], Art and Aesthetics. Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences. Vol. III. London: Routledge.

  • An Kuppens. De globalisering van hip hop: Vlaamse hip hop artiesten over authenticiteit. In H. Van den Bulck & A. Dhoest (Eds.) Media/Cultuur/Identiteit. Actueel onderzoek naar media en maatschappij (pp. 37-50). Ghent: Academia Press.

  • Lisette Derksen & Jo Driessen with contributions by Miriam van de Kamp & Walter Manshanden. Het economisch belang van film in Nederland. Waardecreatie in een dynamische sector. Haarlem: Institute of Advanced Studies and Applied Research (ASAR. Research report commissioned by