Susanne Janssen is Full Professor of Sociology of Media and Culture, Research director of the Department of Media and Communication and Academic director of the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC).
Susanne Janssen currently leads a large-scale Horizon 2020 research project, entitled INVENT: European Inventory of Societal Values of Culture as a Basis for Inclusive Cultural Policies in the Globalizing World. This EU funded international collaborative project will run from 2020-2024 and involves leading scholars and research institutions based in nine different countries. Janssen received the prestigious VICI grant (2003) for her Cultural Classification Systems in Transition project from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Between 2010 and 2015, she directed another large-scale international collaborative research project: Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity which was funded as part of the HERA Joint Research Programme Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity. Janssen also successfully applied for several other major project grants, including an Erasmus Research Excellence grant (REI), three NWO PhD in the Humanities grants, a HERA Knowledge Exchange grant, and funding from the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens. In addition, she is part of the research team of the NWO funded Creative Industries-Smart Culture project on Sustainable Live Music Ecologies (POPLIVE). In the past ten years, fifteen PhD candidates have successfully completed their PhD thesis under Janssen’s supervision. Currently, she co-supervises thirteen PhD projects (see her full CV).
Susanne Janssen is the founding chair of the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam, which she headed from its inception in 2008 until 2020. She is the founding co-director of the MA in Media Studies and the research master in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the founding Dean of the International Bachelor in Communication and Media (IBCoM) which was awarded the European Certificate for Quality in Programme Internationalisation (2014 and re-accredited in 2019). She is also the founding academic director of ERMeCC, the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (2008). ERMeCC is currently home to more than fifty researchers and around fifty PhD students from a variety of international and disciplinary backgrounds, and has grown into one of the largest research groups focusing on the social dimensions of media, culture and the arts worldwide.
Susanne Janssen performed manifold executive and advisory services in academia and the cultural sector, e.g., member of the national Council for Culture, chair-elect of the European Research Network for the Sociology of the Arts (ESA), and board member of the NWO Cultural Dynamics programme. She also served as editor-in-chief of Poetics, the premier journal for empirical research on culture, media and the arts and a leading journal in sociology, for which she presently serves as advisory editor. Current memberships include the national Panel for Quality and Relevance in the Humanities, the editorial boards of Sociologie de l’Art and the International Journal of Music Business Research, and the advisory boards of the International Association for Popular Music (IASPM) and the national Research School for Media Studies (RMeS). Janssen was appointed an Honorary Professor (2010-2016) in the Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University, Australia.In 2015, she was invited to join the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW).
Janssen's publications cover a variety of themes in the sociology of media, culture and the arts, including the role of critics and other experts in the cultural field, and issues of cultural globalization. Her current research projects focus on the consequences of increased diversity and digitalization for agents, institutions, structures, processes and practices in the fields of media, culture, education, and politics.
More detailed information can be found in her curriculum vitae (see the right-hand box at the top of this page).