The Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities supports and teaches PhD students from the faculties of Social Sciences, Humanities, Philosophy, Development Studies, and research groups in Health, Housing and Transition Studies. Each year, they present awards for the best papers and supervisors. This year, two researchers from VCC received an award for their efforts over the past year.
The award for Best Conference Paper 2020 goes to Femke Vandenberg
Femke Vandenberg's PhD project investigates the consumption of popular music in the Netherlands, with a focus on the audiences of nationally produced music. The project includes research topics such as cultural taste patterns, social class, social inequality, and the demonstration of nationalism through cultural consumption.
Her paper 'Virtual displays of cultural taste' shows an impressive articulation of sociological and cultural theory to empirically examine the highly urgent issue of online audience experiences of live-stream music events in corona-times.
The award for Best PhD Colleague 2020 goes to Miranda Lutz-Landesbergen
The PhD project of Miranda Lutz examines the role of social stressors affecting the regulation of behaviour in children and adolescents. The goal is to answer whether deficits in the underlying mechanisms of self-regulation such as cognitive control lead to defiant social behaviour and determine how social stressors influence this relationship.
Miranda has a natural talent and ability to give emotional support to colleagues. Even during the pandemic, all PhD’s still keep in touch with each other because of meetings that she initiates. She is always looking out for others, even if her own personal circumstances aren’t optimal either. Moreover, she is an organising talent, as she set up the “DPECS PhD Council” this year, a council that organises monthly meetings for DPECS PhD’s in which news from the department, work issues, and personal issues are discussed.
Vital Cities and Citizens
With the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens, Erasmus University Rotterdam wants to help improve the quality of life in cities. In vital cities, the population can achieve their life goals through education, useful work and participation in public life. The vital city is a platform for creativity and diversity, a safe meeting place for different social groups. The researchers involved focus on one of the four sub-themes:
• Inclusive Cities and Diversity
• Resilient Cities and People
• Smart Cities and Communities
• Sustainable and Just Cities
VCC is a collaboration between Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB), Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) and International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).