• Dr Talitha Stam

      Postdoctoral researcher Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

      The research interests of Talitha Stam lie in the field of social inequalities, diversity, educational ethnography and family sociology.

      Research profile Talitha Stam

    • Asya Pisarevskaya

      Asya Pisarevskaya

      Postdoctoral researcher Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

      The project ‘Cities of Migration’ studies the relationship between different configurations of migration diversity in cities and modes of urban governance. The aim of the study is to determine if there is a connection between the type of diversity in a city and the way local authorities address the issues of migrants’ integration and social cohesion. If this connection exists, the study will map its nature and underlying mechanisms.

      Research profile Aysa Pisarevskaya

      Dr Zeynep Kasli

      Academic Researcher Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

      Research interests: Borders, Migration and Citizenship; Multi-level governance; History and Politics of the Modern Middle East and Europe

    • Cathy Wilcock

      Dr Cathy Wilcock

      Postdoctoral researcher International Institute of Social Studies

      Dr Cathy Wilcock has a background in critical development studies. In her research she has taken a politico-sociological approach to the nexus of migration and political participation. In her PhD research she examined the roles diaspora groups play in post-conflict peacebuilding, focusing on a case study of UK-based Sudanese activists. At ISS she continues her work on political belonging in the context of forced migration. In one project, which is part of the Vital Cities and Citizens Initiative at EUR, she looks at citizenship practices of migrants in home and host states. Furthermore, she assists the Prince Claus Chair Ali Bilgic in his work on human security and migration. Dr Cathy Wilcock’s research interests lie in the forms of political belonging which emerge when migrants engage in claim-making in both their home countries and host states. She is particularly interested in exploring these questions in the context of migration within and from the Horn of Africa.

      Research profile Cathy Wilcock

    • Zurne, Lise

      Lise Zurné MA

      PhD candidate Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

      Lise Zurné is a PhD candidate in historical culture. She has obtained a BSc in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at VU Amsterdam and a Master’s degree in Visual Anthropology at Leiden University, cum laude. Her current research project compares three urban historical re-enactments in the period 1940-1950 in Indonesia, Belgium and the Netherlands.

      Historical re-enactments, the often theatrical and festive portrayals of historical events, are usually seen as merely entertaining: they are perceived as a hobby. Academic historians are often sceptical of such practices. But what do re-enactments tell us about the way people interpret the past? What happens when ‘historical reality’ and imagination merge? Scholars in the field of re-enactment studies argue that these practices can actually contribute to gaining insights into the politics of representation and democratic diffusion of knowledge.

      The aim of the study of Lise Zurné is to understand the relationship between re-enactments and urban history, and different perspectives and narratives of the same historical period. Thus, insights into different cultural norms in regard to authenticity and ‘ownership’ in representing the past are expected to be obtained. The project is part of the Research Excellence Initiative: “War! Popular Culture and European Heritage of Major Armed Conflicts.”  

      Research profile Lise Zurné

    • Donna de Maat

      Donna de Maat MSc

      PhD candidate Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

      In her PhD project Donna de Maat examines resilience factors in children exposed to a stressful family life. The negative consequences of adverse experiences, including socio-economic strains or negative life events, are well established. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms that facilitate resilience to these experiences. More insight into resilience factors in both children and parents is needed to develop more effective interventions.

      Research profile Donna de Maat

    • Nieuwland, Shirley

      Shirley Nieuwland MSc

      PhD candidate Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

      The research project of Shirley Nieuwland focuses on the role of local and creative entrepreneurs in the development of more sustainable forms of urban tourism. The project includes research topics such as urban development, (urban) tourism, the sharing economy, the creative city and gentrification processes.

      Research profile Shirley Nieuwland

    • Anne van Eldik MSc MA

      PhD candidate Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

      The research of Anne van Eldik focuses on urban media engagement. The study investigates young people's social media use, from consumption to creative media production, in relation to the construction and negotiation of their urban identity. This research project is supervised by Prof. Dr  Jeroen Jansz, Prof.  Dr Liesbet van Zoonen, and Dr Julia Kneer.

      Research profile Anne van Eldik

    • Dewi D. Kanters

      Dewi D. Kanters MSc

      PhD Candidate Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

      Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone of vital cities. The research of Dewi Kanters investigates emerging resilience, engagement / well-being, and (business) performance among entrepreneurs and their spouses.

      Research profile Dewi Kanters

    • Saba Al Kuntar

      PhD Candidate ISS Erasmus University Rotterdam

      The research project of Saba Al Kuntar is called ‘Ways to Survive, Hurdles to Cross: Exploring the Entrepreneurial Activities of Syrian Refugees in Urban Areas in Lebanon’. The research seeks to understand the entrepreneurial capacity of Syrian refugees in shaping their economic lives while they are in exile. Furthermore, it explores how these refugees navigate precarious circumstances. In addition, the research aims to examine the social relationships of entrepreneurs within the refugee and host community and their social roles in Lebanon.

    • Jaffer Latief Najar

      PhD Researcher International Institute of Social Studies

      Jaffer Latief Najar primarily works on the issue of human trafficking. In his current project this issue is studied in South Asian countries in relation to the concepts of agency, vulnerabilities and citizenship. The aim of the project is to understand the experiences and perspectives of people who have experienced trafficking with regard to their livelihood, daily struggles, their perceptions and the various policy response mechanisms to human trafficking. 

      In addition, the issue is examined in relation to migrants, who find themselves in a twilight zone, as they can be defined not only as migrants but also as people who have experienced trafficking. The project will shed light on their experience in cosmopolitan cities.

      The previous activities of Jaffer Latief Najar include: leading the research part of a national research and policy project on the issue of human trafficking in India across various states and union territories. The project was a collaboration between UNODC, UN Women, the Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development, the National Commission for Women, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tata Trusts and the National Human Rights Commission of the government of India. Furthermore, Mr Najar contributed to the development of a legislative policy on the issue of human trafficking, working with the Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development. Recently, this policy has passed the lower house of the Indian Parliament.  

      Research profile Jaffer Latief Najar

    • Willemijn Bezemer

      PhD Candidate Erasmus School of Social and Behavourial Sciences

      The aim of the research project of Willemijn Bezemer is to analyse the effectiveness of different strategies to increase mutual trust between the police force and the public, with a special focus on youth and migrants. The use of a mixed methods approach enables a focus on processes operating at several levels, such as individual interaction styles among police officers and youth in Rotterdam or the implementation of community policing policies on a national scale.

      Research profile Willemijn Bezemer

    • Zouhair Hammana

      PhD Candidate Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

      The research of Zouhair Hammana focuses on the engagement of secondary education teachers with students who have a cultural diverse background and vice versa. Specifically, the study examines how teachers and students engage with the cultural ‘Other’, how they perceive themselves in relation to the cultural ‘Other’ and what kind of practices of openness they apply towards the ‘Other’.

      Research profile Zouhair Hammana

    • Miranda Lutz-Landesbergen

      Miranda C. Lutz-Landesbergen

      PhD Candidate Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

      The study of Miranda C. Lutz-Landesbergen focuses on neurocognitive functions of adolescents and social stressors. The main research question of this study is: how do social stressors impact neurocognitive functions of adolescents? Social stressors, for instance social network problems, affect the ability to regulate social behaviour. Social stressors can be a risk factor for antisocial behaviour, such as aggression.

      The research population of this study consists of healthy children and males who are at risks of antisocial behaviour. By studying social stressors and neurocognitive functions such as inhibition (which is the ability to suppress stimuli) among these groups, it can be determined how social stressors can  contribute to the development of antisocial behaviour.

      Research profile Miranda C. Lutz-Landesbergen

    • Karen Klijnhout MSc

      PhD candidate Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

      The PhD project of Karen Klijnhout is called ‘Competing conceptions of city culture and cultural diversity’. The project studies the urban cultural public sphere, examining the connection between city culture and cultural diversity. The main questions of this study are: how are conceptions about city culture and cultural diversity combined in discourses and how do these discourses sustain or challenge the boundaries of the established, publicly supported urban arts and culture scene? 

      Research profile Karen Klijnhout

    • Assistant Professor at Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

      Crafting future urban economies

      Brandellero researches urban creativity and heritage. Her project 'Crafting future urban economies' was awarded an NWO VIDI grant. The project focuses on how making and crafts can support the transition to more circular urban economies. Amanda also participates in the LDE Port City & Region Futures programme.

    • Assistant Professor Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

    • Assistant Professor in the Theory of History and Historical Culture ESHCC

    • Assistant Professor for Media and Creative Industries ESHCC

    • Academic Researcher Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences