Dr. R.F.I. Moody (Rebecca)
Role in Erasmus Studio:
Rebecca Moody (1981) studied political science, and specifically the field of international relations at the University of Leiden. In June 2005 she obtained her Masters degree on the basis of her thesis on coalition formation strategies in the United Nations Security Council.
In September 2005 she started her PhD project regarding the influence of Geographical Information Systems on policy design and agenda-setting at the department of Public Administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She specifically focused on how forms of ICT such as Geographical Information Systems can help or hinder issues from reaching the political agenda and how processes of policy design might be altered by the use of Geographical Information Systems. Rebecca obtained the degree of PhD on the basis of this research in February 2010.
Furthermore, in 2008 she has cooperated in an NWO-funded research on the influence of Web 2.0 technologies on processes of micro mobilization. In this project it was researched how, individuals, hoping to gain political attention for their issue, used Web 2.0 technologies to attain their goal. The project focuses on the relation between traditional and new media in these processes.
From 2010 - 2012 Rebecca conducted a postdoc project funded by the Erasmus Studio. In her research the focus was on visual culture. New technologies for distributing but also creating visual images can have a profound impact on the way public policy is made. This impact, whether it is present, and if so, in which way, was researched. Next she looked into the new technologies also traditional technologies for creating and distributing visual images. The aim of the research was to find how these technologies influence public policy making. The relation between government and citizens was studied at but also the relation between experts and scholars among each other, as well as in relationship to the government.