prof.dr. (Willem) W de Koster

prof.dr. (Willem) W de Koster
Full professor Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences Sociology
Location
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
Room
T15-45
Email
dekoster@essb.eur.nl
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As a cultural sociologist, I aim to rigorously scrutinize how social groups give meaning to social issues, how this informs their actions and how it shapes their responses to new information and the (urban) environment they live in.

Scholars and policymakers increasingly recognize that such an eye for culture is crucial for understanding pressing social issues, ranging from societal clashes about democratic institutions and policies to unresponsiveness to information campaigns, and from obesity to resistance to governmental health campaigns.

I aim for interdisciplinary research endeavors addressing contemporary social issues through both quantitative and qualitative methods, ranging from multilevel analyses, survey experiments, Implicit Association Tests and Diagonal Reference Models to qualitative content analyses, focus groups and in-depth interviews. Currently, I collaborate with scholars in arts and culture studies, psychology, public administration, public health, urban geography and sociology.

My research has been supported by grants (Conflict & Security and personal VENI and VIDI grants) awarded by The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), an EUR Fellowship and several smaller grants.

I am proud that the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities has given me the award for "Best PhD Supervisor".

In addition to my research activities, I teach various courses, among others in Erasmus University's Master specialization Politics & Society (which I co-founded) and the top-rated Research Master in Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts.

I also serve as board member of the Netherlands Sociological Association, as reviewer for various journals, and on the editorial board of the Dutch-Flemish peer-reviewed journal Tijdschrift Sociologie.

For an up-to-date overview of my research and teaching, please visit my Google Scholar Profile and my personal website.

Research interests: cultural conflict, political attitudes and behaviors, information provision, voting behavior, populism, welfare chauvinism, obesity, health behaviors

  • D Houtman, SD Aupers & Willem Koster (2011) - Paradoxes of Individualization: Social Control and Social Conflict in Contemporary Modernity - Ashgate

  • Willem Koster (2009) - Bespreking van Online Social Support - Rescource Center for Cyberculture Studies

  • Roy Kemmers, Jeroen Waal & Willem Koster (2018) - Burgers op afstand? Naar een beter begrip van ontevreden burgers - Amsterdam University Press
  • Jeroen Waal, Willem Koster & J (Jochem) van Noord (2017) - Opleidingsverschillen in maatschappelijk onbehagen en wantrouwen in de politiek in Nederland, 1970-2012 - Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid
  • Jeroen Waal & Willem Koster (2014) - Occupational mobility and quality of life - Springer
  • Willem Koster & Jeroen Waal (2014) - Botsende opvattingen over etnische diversiteit en sociale orde: Hoe zijn verschillen tussen lager- en hogeropgeleiden te verklaren? - SCP/WRR
  • Willem Koster (2014) - Online forumparticipatie door orthodox-protestantse homoseksuelen - Labarum Academic
  • Jeroen Waal & Willem Koster (2012) - Occupational mobility - Springer
  • PHJ Achterberg, D Houtman, SD Aupers & Willem Koster (2012) - Two lefts and two rights. Class voting and cultural voting in the Netherlands - Ashgate
  • Willem Koster (2011) - Toevluchtsoord en springplank: Een internetforum voor orthodox protestantse homoseksuelen - Het Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau
  • S (Sebastiaan) van Doorn, Willem Koster & J Verheul (2011) - Agony of Choice? The Social Embeddedness of Consumer Decisions - Ashgate
  • Willem Koster (2011) - ‘Stormfront is Like a Second Home to Me’: Social Exclusion of Right-Wing Extremists. - Ashgate
  • Samira Bohemen, Roy Kemmers & Willem Koster (2011) - Secular Intolerance in a Post-Christian Society: The Case of Islam in the Netherlands - Ashgate
  • Willem Koster, PHJ Achterberg, D Houtman & Jeroen Waal (2011) - One Nation without God? Post-Christian Cultural Conflict in the Netherlands - Ashgate
  • K Manevska, Jeroen Waal, PHJ Achterberg, D Houtman & Willem Koster (2010) - Verzorgingsstaatschauvinisme in Nederland - Lemma

  • Kjell Noordzij, Willem Koster & Jeroen Waal (2019) - “That’s how he strikes me, as if he really feels superior”: Exploring the role of perceived cultural distance in the distrust of politicians among the less educated
  • Kjell Noordzij, Jeroen Waal & Willem Koster (2019) - Does Cultural Liberalism in Politics Shape the Education Gap in Political Trust?
  • Kjell Noordzij, Willem Koster & Jeroen Waal (2019) - Perceived cultural distance among politically distrusting less-educated citizens
  • Kjell Noordzij, Jeroen Waal & Willem Koster (2019) - Does Cultural Liberalism in Politics Shape the Education Gap in Political Trust?
  • Vivian Visser, Willem Koster & Jeroen Waal (2019) - Tussen “mijn stem doet er voor hen toch niet toe” en “we houden ervan de boel op te schudden”: Naar een beter begrip van de (non-)participatie van lager-opgeleiden in burgerinitiatieven
  • Kjell Noordzij, Jeroen Waal & Willem Koster (2018) - Does Ideological Incongruence Underlie the Education Gap in Institutional Trust?
  • Kjell Noordzij, Jeroen Waal & Willem Koster (2018) - Does Ideological Incongruence Underlie the Education Gap in Institutional Trust?
  • Kjell Noordzij, Jeroen Waal & Willem Koster (2017) - The Education Gap in Institutional Trust in the United States and the Netherlands: A Status-Based Culture War?

  • S (Sebastiaan) van Doorn, Willem Koster & J Verheul (2007) - Agony of choice; On the social embeddedness of the choice process

  • Julian Schaap, Jeroen Waal & Willem Koster (2016) - The Merits of the Implicit Association Test for Sociological Research
  • Willem Koster (2009) - Contextualizing Online Interactions: The Case of Orthodox Protestant Homosexuals
  • Willem Koster (2008) - Contextualizing Online Interactions: The case of orthodox protestant homosexuals
  • S van Doorn, Willem Koster & J Verheul (2007) - Keuzestress!? Over de sociale inbedding van individuele keuzes
  • Roy Kemmers, Willem Koster, T Antonio, G Vegter & L van der Vorst (2007) - Economische belangen en repressie van fraude
  • Willem Koster & D Houtman (2007) - `A Place Where I Have Many Comrades.¿ On Virtual Community Formation by Right-Wing Extremists
  • Willem Koster & D Houtman (2006) - Refuge for a Threatened Species. On Virtual Community Formation by Right-Wing Extremists
  • Willem Koster & D Houtman (2006) - Toevluchtsoord voor een bedreigde soort. Over vrituele gemeenschapsvorming door rechts-extremisten
  • D Houtman & Willem Koster (2006) - Een toevluchtsoord voor een bedreigde soort: Virtuele gemeenschapsvorming door rechts-extremisten

  • Willem Koster & Jeroen Waal (2007) - Culture, Secularisation, and Politics. Reassessing Authoritarianism and Moral Conservatism in Political Sociology - ASSR
  • R Veenhoven, Willem Koster & ME Meeteren (2003) - Meting output onderzoek FSW/EUR. Productiviteit en impact - SOCIOLOGIE

  • Vivian Visser, Willem Koster & Jeroen Waal (2019) - How to reduce the education gap in participation in citizens’ initiatives A vignette survey experiment

  • Willem Koster (2008) - Sociologie (Journal)

  • Michael Berghman, Julian Schaap, Koen Eijck, Willem Koster & Jeroen Waal (2020) - Learning from Latency in Sociological Research: Using the Implicit Association Test to make sense of Timed-Surveys - 115th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association
  • Willem Koster (2010) - 'I Like to Stand up Against Injustice': On a Social Movement Emerged at “Your Guide Against Senseless Speed Controls - Dag van de Sociologie 2010

  • Willem Koster (2010) - Information, Communication and Society (print) (Journal)
  • Willem Koster (2010) - Sociologie (Journal)
  • Willem Koster (2010) - European Journal of Political Research (Journal)
  • Willem Koster (2009) - Information, Communication and Society (online) (Journal)
  • Willem Koster (2009) - Sociologie (Journal)
  • Willem Koster (2008) - Social Forces (print) (Journal)
  • Willem Koster (2008) - Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (Journal)
  • Willem Koster (2008) - Sociologie (Journal)
  • Willem Koster (2007) - Sociologos (Journal)

1.1C Introduction to Sociology

Year
2020
Course Code
FSWS-1010

4.1 The Social Bases of Politics

Year
2020
Course Code
FSWS-710

Master Thesis

Level
MA-2
Year
2020
Year Level
MA-2
Course Code
CS5050

Advanced Quantitative Methods

Level
MA-1
Year
2020
Year Level
MA-1
Course Code
CS5005

3.1 The Sociological View

Year
2020
Course Code
FSWSMINDSB

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