ESSB researchers in the media on impact coronavirus

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Our ESSB researchers are reflecting or working on the impact of the coronavirus from the perspective of their own disciplines. Below you will find various publications.

Interview with Willem Schinkel about capitalism, socialism, and "wishful thinking"

The fact that in the corona crisis big capital is saved instead of labour is not a law of nature. In a socialist economy that would be quite different, says the Rotterdam sociologist Prof. dr. Willem Schinkel. A conversation about capitalism, socialism, and "wishful thinking" that system change arises from crises. Interview by: Alexander Beunder. Recorded on: May 15, 2020 on (in Dutch)

Young people flock outside: police buried under nuisance reports

"That doesn't surprise me," says Prof. dr. Eveline Crone in the AD (in Dutch). "At this age, young people want to go out, meet, experiment and discover. Finding your own way in life is a very natural process. This development has come to an abrupt halt, as it were."

Corona-app or not?

To slow down the spread of coronavirus, there were talks about the possibility of an app quite early. Gerard van der Werf, senior researcher at consultancy firm Motivaction, and Prof. dr. Liesbet van Zoonen, academic director of the Center for BOLD Cities studied and discusses in Sociale Vraagstukken (in Dutch) the -fluctuating- level of concerns among citizens, their expectations and their readiness to install such an app.

Why does the general public have to save the market?

Necessity knows no law. Emergency measures have been implemented, without extensive democratic weighing, according to EUR professor in Social Theory Prof. dr. Willem Schinkel. This way large companies are saved with public money, while at the same time they're firing lots of employees. This is a subversion of democracy, Schinkel argues in the NRC (in Dutch).

Coronavirus affects minorities in the Netherlands less than in other western countries

In the Netherlands, just like in other western countries, more people pass away due to the coronavirus among minorities. However, that difference is smaller than in, for example, the US and England, according to the NOS (in Dutch). Prof. dr. Godfried Engbersen argues why.

Does nudging work in stimulating compliance with corona measures?

Arrows on the floor that guide you to the stairs, instead of the elevator: have you seen them? This is an example of nudging. Prof. dr. Semiha Denktas explains in 1Vandaag (in Dutch) how nudging can be utilized to ensure that people comply with corona measures. 

Don't forget the human dimension in the new Way of Work 1.5

How can companies open their doors in the one-and-a-half meter economy? The matter is too easily done away with as a practical design problem. In technocratic and economic solutions the human dimension seems to be missing. In Trouw (in Dutch) this issue is discussed in cooperation with Prof. dr. Arnold Bakker, professor in labour and organisational psychology.

The coronacrisis can be an 'unimaginable gamechanger' for the labor market

More inequality, big shifts in employment opportunities and more strict rules surrounding flexwork. The coronacrisis can change the labor market permanently. In NRC (in Dutch) occupational sociologist Fabian Dekker shares his thoughts.

Mini-lecture about work-life balance

Working from home during times of crisis causes an extra strain on the work-life balance, Prof. Dr. Laura den Dulk shows in her mini-lecture in the Vereniging van Bestuurskunde (in Dutch).

For the youth the crisis is extra hard

Social distancing and many things that are banned is hard for the teen-brain to comply with, Prof. Dr. Eveline Crone tells in Het Parool (in Dutch).

European emergency aid connected with corona and the Dutch public debate 

One-sidedness of the Dutch public debate about the emergency aid for badly affected European member states is worse than the diplomatic tactlessness of the actions of Mark Rutte and Wobke Hoekstra.

5 misconceptions addressed by public administrationists Reinout van der Veer, Markus Haverland, Michal Onderco in Sociale Vraagstukken (in Dutch)

How do you reach the youth?

Prof. Moniek Buijzen explains in NRC (in Dutch) how you can ensure that young people stick to the corona measures. According to her, there are opportunities in collaborating with influencers.

Is corona a tipping point in society?

"Society is rudely shaken up, so to speak, and confused. Therefore, things that are taken for granted and automatisms become visible, and you notice how relative they are." says sociologist Jack Burgers in Omroep de Meierij (in Dutch).

Research on the societal impact of Covid-19 on Rotterdam and the Netherlands - interviews with Prof. Godfriend Engbersen

NOS article Onderzoek naar impact coronacrisis: 'Mensen missen toekomstperspectief'(in Dutch).

17.00, 18.00. and 20.00 NOS journaal (min. 7.05) (in Dutch).

Rotterdammers zorgelijker over gevolgen Covid-19 dan anderen (NRC, in Dutch)

Rotterdammers voelen zich bedreigd door coronacrisis (maar er is ook een lichtpuntje) (AD - Rotterdam, in Dutch)

Interview with Godfried Engbersen in Sociale Vraagstukken (in Dutch)

Interview with Godfried Engbersen at Nieuws en Co (in Dutch)

Governance sociologist dr. Mark van Ostaijen on the corona crisis in various articles of the Volkskrant

Laat paniek niet omslaan in obsessieve fixatie op risico's (in Dutch)

De Nederlander gaat als een bungeejumper om met het coronagevaar (in Dutch)

De psychologie van thuisblijven: dit doet sociale isolatie met ons (in Dutch)

Translate the press conference of Rutte

Can the press conference of Rutte be translated? The cabinet does not reach all the citizens if they only communicate in Dutch, public administrationists Angelique van Dam, MSc, Ilona van Breugel, MSc, and dr. Warda Belabas argue in the Volkskrant (in Dutch)of April 24th 2020.

Equal opportunities in different classes

Educational sociologist Iliass El Hadioui provided the first webinar of the Gelijke Kansen Alliantie (GKA). A online masterclass (in Dutch) about the effects of the coronacrisis on equal opportunities in education in the short and long term. Watch this webinar on the website of GKA.

The storm that's coming; lessons of repetition during times of crisis

"The bill comes after the rescue. The interrupted game of accumulation and circulation will then continue", Prof dr. WIllem Schinkel predicts in his article in De Groene Amsterdammer (in Dutch). "Let us now conclude on a pact; to not embrace the needed sacrifices as reasonable, to not accept the impending violence."

Corona crisis as an unprecedented source of possibilities

Covid-19 disrupts what were previously our normal patterns of work. The global pandemic is not only reshaping our work-life balance but accelerating us towards what used to be the future of work. Read Prof. dr. McCauley's full article in English in the ESSB News section.

Clean room, clear mind

A cleanup in your house while you stay at home is sensible in terms of mental health. It feels good to furnish or rearrange a place to only use for work for example, says behavioral scientist dr. Inge Merkelbach in EenVandaag. (in Dutch)

Directors need to learn to cope

Quality is under pressure when taking digital decisions, public administrationist Prof. Wolfgang Ebbers says in his article in AGconnect. (in Dutch)

Teenage brains in times of corona

Why is it for teenagers harder to stick to the rules and stay at home? Prof. Eveline Crone explains at Radio 1  (in Dutch) how the teenage brain works in times of corona.

Behavioural Change crucial in fight against COVID-19

How do you make people follow to the preventative measures of the government to curb the spread of COVID-19? Behavioural psychologist Prof. Semiha Denktas and colleagues demonstrate in the Dutch Journal of Medicine  (in Dutch) which scientific behavioural insights can be applied.

Corona and youngsters

Why is it particularly the youth that have issues with all these rules for corona? Developmental psychologist and PhD-student Suzanne van de Groep explains in NOS Stories (in Dutch).

Staying at home with kids during times of corona

Pedagogues Joyce Weeland and Rianne Kok give tips on how to make it easier on yourself and your child. You can read these tips here! (in Dutch)

Keeping your balance during this crisis

How do you make sure that your work-life balance does not destabilize due to working at home? Professor Laura den Dulk gives tips on Erasmus TV from minute 5 onwards.

Especially children from poor families fall behind due to school shutdowns

According to sociologist Iliass el Hadioui, the gap between poor and rich children will increase because of distance learning. How can we narrow this gap? You can read his interview in the AD. (in Dutch)

Brainstorms about the post-corona times

In the evening NOS news broadcast, during the 10th minute, prof. dr. Derk Loorbach elaborates on the brainstorms he conducts at DRIFT about the post-corona times. (in Dutch)

Fraternization during times of crises

Prof. dr. Derk Loorbach talks about new forms of social contact during times of corona in NOS journaal. (in Dutch)

District teams watch over vulnerable people

Although district teams need to work from distance, they do watch over vulnerable people. Public Administration specialist and PhD student Alissa van Zijl demonstrates in an article in Zorg en Welzijn. (in Dutch)

Does the corona crisis break through the traditional division of roles?

As many women are working in vital professions, nowadays many men are taking care of the children. How will this impact the traditional division of the family roles in Dutch families? The experiences of lower and higher educated fathers in this period will most likely be very different, expects family sociologist Renske Keizer in Trouw. (in Dutch)

More domestic violence?

Because of the coronavirus, family members are now living much more in each other's pockets. What does it mean when you are in a situation with domestic violence right now? NEMO Kennislink asks Majone Steketee, professor of intergenerational transmission of domestic violence. (in Dutch)

Positive sides of the corona crisis

"The coronacrisis is helping to change the world" states Professor Jan Rotmans (DRIFT) in an interview in AD. (in Dutch)

Study survival guide during corona

How can you prevent burning out while studying from home? Dr. Martine Baars discusses three different cases of typical issues for students in Erasmus Magazine

How to make working from home more attractive

Many people in the Netherlands are now working from home. How can one make working from home just that little bit more attractive? In Week van NU, a podcast of, professor Laura den Dulk, specialised in work-life balance, shares her tips. (in Dutch)

How do you react to an unprecedented global epidemic?

PhD student in psychology Zhiqi Xu, an expert in the field of risky behaviour, explains in Erasmus Magazine that four types of people can be distinguished in this crisis.

Academics vital professions?

Sociologists Willem SchinkelJess Bier and Rogier van Reekum argue for a different approach to the COVID-19 crisis in university education on ScienceGuide. (in Dutch)

Tips for effective communication with teenagers

All over the world, communication professionals are facing the challenge of informing teenagers about the COVID-19 pandemic, and to explain the policy measures, and promote the behaviors that should flatten the curve. Prof. dr. Moniek Buijzen and the Dutch Young Consumers Network provide 10 science-based guidelines for effective communication with teens on BiteScience.

Saving the market?

Why does the community have to save the market now that economic bad times are approaching? This is what Willem Schinkel, professor of Social Theory asks himself in NRC. (in Dutch)

The role of the teacher

All schools in the Netherlands are closed until at least April 28. "It's an opportunity to take a closer look at the role of education and the teacher," says educational scientist Brian Godor at RTV Rijnmond. (in Dutch)

Society after corona: call for reflection and co-creation

Prof. Derk Loorbach (Drift) thinks that it is of importance in this moment of upheaval to think and speak about the society and economy long after corona, in DRIFT. (in Dutch)

Social isolation

Alissa van Zijl, PhD candidate of the Department of Public Administration and Sociology writes in HR Praktijk that the social function of work is still too often underestimated. Van Zijl argues that this is the time to create awareness for this social function. (in Dutch)