Victor Bekkers new Dean of ESSB

The Executive Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam has appointed Prof. Victor Bekkers as the new Dean of the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB). His appointment will come into effect on 1 January 2018.

several years, he has acquired extensive administrative experience as research director of the department of public administration, curriculum Dean of the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities, and chair of the Department of Public Administration and Sociology.

Victor Bekkers succeeds prof. Henk van der Molen who has been Dean since 1 September 2009. Van der Molen’s extended second term as Dean ends on 1 January 2018. The months leading up to this date will be used as an induction period. The Faculty Council has consented to Bekker’s appointment.

Rector Magnificus prof. Huibert Pols: “Victor Bekkers is a dynamic, inspiring personality who connects people and builds bridges through promoting an open exchange of ideas. He is widely supported in the faculty. This is in part due to his affinity with all the fields of science within ESSB and outside of the organisation. I am convinced that he will continue the development of ESSB with a new strategy."


Victor Bekkers: "I see this appointment as a wonderful challenge to take the next step with ESSB. One of the priorities will be interdisciplinary collaboration within the faculty and with external organisations, both in research and education. In this respect, I feel it is important to convincingly illustrate the added value of education and research in the field of social and behavioural sciences. This is about the vitality and resilience of the modern-day 'fluid’ society, and the new, changing roles cities and citizens will play in it. This is only possible through linking scientific quality to societal relevance. To achieve this, it is essential to have innovation, talent development and the capacity to collaborate, to forge alliances.”

About Victor Bekkers

Victor Bekkers obtained his degree in Political Science with honours from Radboud University Nijmegen and subsequently obtained his doctorate from Tilburg University. After working for a number of years at Tilburg University, he left academia for a number of positions in the corporate world. For a number of years, Bekkers combined this work with a position at Erasmus University as a professor occupying an endowed chair in ICT infrastructure in the public and private sector. Since mid-2002, he holds the position of professor of Public Administration in the Department of Public Administration and Sociology, focusing on the empirical study of government policy.

Bekkers has published extensively in Dutch and English-language journals in the field of public sector ICT and innovation issues. Due to his expertise in this area, he has also been involved in numerous research and consultancy projects. For the past three years, he has led a comprehensive international comparative research programme focusing on issues related to innovation in the public sector (LIPSE). This project is funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union.

More information

Marjolein Kooistra, ESSB media relations, at + 31 10 4082135 or by email at | or | + 31 10 4081216


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