About the faculty

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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 with a focus on active learning. Being connected to the professional field is another characteristic of our study programmes. 

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:

Management Team

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

Contact person management team

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

Faculty Management Board (FMB)

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

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. For important faculty matters, the Dean consults with the Faculty Council.

Organisational components

  • Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS). Director: Prof. Arwin van Buuren
  • Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies (DPECS). Director: Dr. Daphne van de Bongardt
  • Erasmus University College (EUC). Director: Dr. Gera Noordzij
  • Educational Master Primary Education. Director: Prof. dr. Sabine Severiens
  • Faculty Office. Director: Dr. Mariette de Jong

Programme Directors of Education and Research 
The bachelor's and master's programmes are steered by the programme directors of education: they report substantively to the vice dean of education. The research programmes are steered by the research programme directors. They report to the vice-dean of research.

Programme directors DPAS

Programme directors Education:

  • Dr. Jolien Grandia, bachelor Public Administration
  • Dr. Lore van Praag, bachelor Sociology
  • Prof.Michal Onderco, bachelor Management of International Social Challenges
  • Dr. Robin Bouwman, master programmes Public Administration
  • Dr. Jennifer Holland, master programmes Sociology

Programme directors Resarch:

  • Dr. Ingmar van Meerkerk,  research Public Administration
  • Prof. Jeroen van der Waal, research Sociology

Programme directors DPECS

Programme directors Education:

  • Dr. Marjan Gorgievski, bachelor Psychology
  • Dr. Marieke Meeuwisse, bachelor Pedagogical Sciences
  • Dr. René Zeelenberg, master programmes Psychology
  • Dr. Rianne Kok, master programmes Pedagogical Sciences

Programme directors Resarch:

  • Dr. Janna Cousijn, research Psychology
  • Prof. Maartje Luijk, research Pedagogical Sciences

Erasmus University College (EUC)
The Director of EUC is also the Programme Director of Education for the Liberal Arts and Sciences bachelor programme, dr. Gera Noordzij.

Educational Master Primary Education (EMPO)

The Director of EMPO is also the Programme Director of Education for the Educational Master Primary Education, prof. dr. Sabine Severiens.

Academic Teams

The academic staff of DPAS/DPECS work together in teams. In total, ten teams are focusing on different themes. The teams are managed by a team leader and have shared tasks in the areas of teaching, research, social impact, management and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dean’s Office

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

Affiliated institutes

Risbo, Director drs. Jan de Boom
DRIFT, Director prof. Derk Loorbach
IHS, Academic Director dr.dr. Lasse Gerrits 

Advisory committees

There are also some advisory committees within the faculty:

Faculty regulations & management instructions

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
Communications officer external: kooistra@essb.eur.nl (Marjolein Kooistra, + 31 6 83676038)
More contact information can be found here

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