About the faculty

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

ESSB is home to a vast diversity of study programmes and scientific disciplines: Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration and Sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and DRIFT are linked to the faculty. Our education is small-scale and based around Problem Based Learning (PBL). Being connected to the professional field is another characteristic of our study programmes. Meeting the Future Society

Organisational structure

Dean Prof. Victor Bekkers of the Erasmus School of Social Sciences and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) is responsible for the faculty. Since 1 July 2019 the organizational structure is as follows:


    • Prof. Victor Bekkers, Dean ESSB (chair)
    • Prof. Bram Steijn, Vice-Dean for Education
    • Prof. Semiha Denktas, Vice-Dean for Research
    • Dr. Mariette de Jong, Director of Operations

    The Dean is the Chair of the FMB. All members of the Management Team, directors of the departments, dean EUC and a student are member of the FMB.  Representative of the policy advisors and the business controller are advisors for the FMB.


    Mr.drs. Barbara van Zeijl-Taal, Secretary to the Executive Board | e-mail: vanzeijl@essb.eur.nl


    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.


    Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS). Director: Prof. Romke van der Veen
    Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies (DPECS). Director: Dr. Katinka Dijkstra
    Erasmus University College (EUC). Interim dean: Prof. Wim Hafkamp | Prof. Gabriele Jacobs, Dean EUC (starting 1 January 2020)

    Education and research directors

    Programme directors DPAS:

    • Dr. Brenda Vermeeren, bachelor Public Administration
    • Dr. Rogier van Reekum, bachelor Sociology
    • Dr. Jolien Grandia, bachelor Management of International Social Challenges
    • Dr. Jasper Eshuis, master programmes Public Administration
    • Dr. Ferry Koster, master programmes Sociology
    • Prof. Arwin van Buuren, research Public Administration
    • Prof. Jeroen van der Waal, research Sociology

    Programme directors DPECS:

    • Dr. Annemarie Hiemstra, bachelor Psychology
    • Prof. Sabine Severiens, bachelor Pedagogical Sciences
    • Dr. René Zeelenberg, master programmes Psychology
    • Dr. Nicole Lucassen, master programmes Pedagogical Sciences
    • Prof. Mathias Wieser, research Psychology
    • Dr. Maartje Luijk, research Pedagogical Sciences

    The Dean EUC is also the programme director for the Liberal Arts and Sciences bachelor programme.

  • All support and management staff who do not specifically work for one department are part of the Dean’s Office. Director of Dean’s Office is the Director Operations: Dr. Mariette de Jong


    Risbo, Director dr. Gerard Baars
    DRIFT, Director prof. Derk Loorbach
    IHS, Director drs. Kees van Rooijen


    There are also some advisory committees within the faculty:

    • Education: the programme committees, examination committees
    • Research: the permanent committee for scientific practice
    • Library and information: the Library Committee
      Dr. Gusta Drenthe, liaison librarian Social Sciences, UB
      Dr. Judith Gulpers, liaison librarian psychology, UB
      Dr. Frea Haandrikman, liaison officer Social Sciences, UB

    The main aspects of the faculty's administrative organisation are laid down in the faculty regulations. The formal basis of the faculty's management organisation is laid down in the management instruction.


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

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

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