About the faculty

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences


The dean of the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) is responsible for the faculty.The dean is supported by his staff. Since January 1st this staff is compiled as follows:

  • Prof.dr. V.J.J.M. (Victor) Bekkers (dean)
  • Mw.dr. A.M.Ph. (Mariëtte) de Jong (faculty director)
  • Mw. J. (Jessica) Dekkers-de Leeuw MSc (policy adviser Research)
  • Mw. K. (Kimberly) van Aart (policy adviser Education)
  • Dhr. B. (Bart) Looije (business controller)
  • Mw. Anouk ter Punt (student member 2018-2019)

Faculty Management Team

The Faculty Management Team (FMT) is chaired by the dean. The FMT consists of the administrative boards of the departments, director of operations, business controller, policy advisers and a student member from one of the ESSB courses. The business controller and representatives of the policy deparment have an advisory role. 

Faculty Council

The Faculty Council acts as a participational body at the faculty level. The Faculty Council consists of 50% of students and 50% of employees of the ESSB. At important faculty matters the dean consults with the Faculty Council. 

Organizational components

The faculty has the following capacity groups, in which the academic personnel and the support and management staff is housed:

  • Department of Public Administration and Sociology. Chairman: prof.dr. R.J. (Romke) van der Veen
  • Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies. Chairman: dr. A.C.C.M. (Guus) Smeets and prof.dr. P.J. Prinzie
  • Erasmus University College. The interim dean: prof.dr. W.A. (Wim) Hafkamp

Education and research directors

The education and research within Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology and Pedagogical Sciences are housed in programmes. The management over these programmes lies with the education and research directors. Currently the following directors are in place:

Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS)

  • Education director: prof.dr. M. (Markus) Haverland
  • Research director: prof.dr. P.A. (Pearl) Dykstra

Psychology, Education & Child Studies (DPECS)

  • Education director: dr. A.A.C.M. (Guus) Smeets
  • Research director: prof.dr. P.J. (Peter) Prinzie

Faculty office

All support and management staff who do not specifically work for one science-based area are housed in the faculty office. Head of the faculty office is the faculty director: mw. dr. A.M.Ph. (Mariëtte) de Jong.

Advisory committees

There are also some advisory committees within the faculty:


Secretariat dean: office.dean@essb.eur.nl
Secretariat faculty office: office@essb.eur.nl

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences