Erik Hitters (1964) is Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Industries in the Department of Media & Communication of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
He has co-founded and is director of ERMeCC, the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture. He lectures for the MA programme in Media Studies and IBCoM, the International Bachelor in Communication and Media. Erik’s research interests lie in the broad field of transformations in the media and cultural industries. His first strand of research deals with the changing logics of institutional and field dynamics in the media and cultural industries, including the film, music and broadcasting industries. His second interest is in local, regional and national creative industries policies. His third in media clustering and creative cities.
Erik Hitters was trained as a sociologist at Tilburg University. In 1990 he started his PhD research as an NWO junior researcher at Utrecht University. He received his doctorate in Social Sciences from Utrecht University in 1996. In 1997 he was a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. Prior to his present job at the Media & Communication Department of Erasmus University, he worked as lecturer and assistant professor at the universities of Nijmegen and Tilburg and as a senior researcher at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies of Erasmus University. From 2007 to 2012 he was member and later Chair of the Examination Board of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. From 2012 to 2013 he served as Director of Education a.i. of that school. Erik has worked as an advisor and consultant on cultural policy and cultural industries to, amongst others, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences, The Association of Dutch Municipalities, and the cities of Rotterdam and Utrecht.
Martijn Mulder & Erik Hitters (2019) - Dancing on a tight rope. Risk and trust in the live music industry - CFest International Workshop
Erik Hitters (2019) - Live Music Ecologies and Value Creation for Musicians, Industries and Cities. - NWO Smart Culture Conference: Beyond Human
Arno Hoeven & Erik Hitters (2019) - The Values of Live Music in Urban Development: The Case of Rotterdam - 14th ESA Conference
Arno Hoeven & Erik Hitters (2019) - The values of live music in urban development: the case of Rotterdam - Geomedia 2019 conference
Rick Everts, Pauwke Berkers & Erik Hitters (2019) - ‘All institutions die hard’, How beginning pop artists navigate the changing Dutch music industry - 6th Creative Industries Seminar
Erik Hitters (2018) - Media policy as cultural policy. A comparative exploration. [Invited lecture and workshop] - Symposium “ Cultural Policy in the Polder”, Radboud University
Rick Everts, Pauwke Berkers & Erik Hitters (2018) - Making a Living in Live Music: entrepreneurial artists in the Dutch popular music industry - conference European Sociological Association (ESA)
Arno Hoeven & Erik Hitters (2018) - The social and cultural values of live music ecologies for cities: a study of local music policies. - The Future of Live Music Conference
Erik Hitters (2016) - Cultures of innovation in the creative industries - Kennisdelen in de gebouwde omgeving
Erik Hitters (2016) - Conventies in de kunst - Holland Festival Young Academy
Yosha Wijngaarden & Erik Hitters (2016) - Being close to the ‘cool’. Social image and reputation in creative clusters - Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap
Erik Hitters, Pawan Bhansing & Yosha Wijngaarden (2015) - CICI: Cultures of innovation in small scale creative clusters - Research seminar: Business and management-related questions in the creative industry
Erik Hitters & W Wierda (2015) - Isomorphism in the Dutch Music Publishing Industry. - Music Business Research days
Erik Hitters & W Wierda (2014) - Expanding Isomorphism; the case of the Music Publishing Industry. - IASPM Benelux Conference
Erik Hitters (2014) - The state of independents. Diversity in music production and distribution in the Netherlands. - Vienna Music Business Research Days 2014
Erik Hitters, Pawan Bhansing & Yosha Wijngaarden (2014) - Cultures of Innovation in small scale creative clusters. Keynote - Third International Research Conference on the Cultural and Creative Industries
JAM van der Velden & Erik Hitters (2014) - The Distinctiveness of Dance - Studying Music: An International Conference in Honour of Simon Frith
Erik Hitters (2012) - Arts, Events and Creative Cities - ESF Exploratory Workshop: Reinventions of Early-European Performing Arts and the Creative City
Erik Hitters (2005) - Rotterdam Creatieve Stad - Debat van D'66
Erik Hitters (2005) - Goudkoorts - Goudkoorts manifestatie voor cultuur en zaken, koorts, WTC Rotterdam
Erik Hitters (2018) - POPLIVE. Sustainable live music ecologies for artists, music venues and cities [Invited contribution] - Eurosonic Noorderslag Conference
Pauwke Berkers, Erik Hitters, Arno Hoeven, Rick Everts & Martijn Mulder (2017) - POPLIVE: denk mee over het grote livemuziek-onderzoek - Vereniging Nederlandse Poppodia en -Festivals congres
Erik Hitters (2016) - Cultures of innovation in small scale creative clusters - CICI conferentie: The Place to be. De waarde van creatieve co-locatie.