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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
Publications Tim van Meurs, Joost Oude Groeniger, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal (2022) - Receptive to an authoritative voice? Experimental evidence on how patronizing language and stressing institutional sources affect public receptivity to nutrition information - SSM - Population Health, 20 - doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101295 - [link] Kjell Noordzij, Katerina Manevska, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal (2022) - Gevoelens van zeggenschap in de politiek onder praktisch geschoolden - Maatschappij en Politiek: vakblad voor maatschappij leer, 5, 14-15 - [link] Tim van Meurs, Feray R. Çoban, Willem de Koster, Jeroen van der Waal & Joost Oude Groeniger (2022) - Why are anti-smoking health-information interventions less effective among low-socioeconomic status groups?: A systematic scoping review - Drug and Alcohol Review, 41 (5), 1195-1205 - doi: 10.1111/dar.13466 - [link] Tim Van Meurs, Joost Oude Groeniger, Willem De Koster & Jeroen Van Der Waal (2022) - Suggested explanations for the (in)effectiveness of nutrition information interventions among adults with a low socioeconomic status: A scoping review - Journal of Nutritional Science, 11 - doi: 10.1017/jns.2022.42 - [link] Kjell Noordzij, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal (2022) - Politicians’ high-status signals make less-educated citizens more supportive of violent action against government Elske van den Hoogen, Stijn Daenekindt, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal (2022) - Support for European Union membership comes in various guises: Evidence from a correlational class analysis of novel Dutch survey data - European Union Politics, 23 (3), 489-508 - doi: 10.1177/14651165221101505 Kjell Noordzij, Joost Oude Groeniger, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal (2022) - Politiek vertrouwen in tijden van crisis - Sociologie magazine, 30 (2), 24-26 Kjell Noordzij, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal (2022) - Trust in times of diploma democracy: Testing the role of substantive representation, populist rhetoric, and cultural distance in the educational gradient in political trust through a population-based survey-experiment Elske van den Hoogen, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal (2022) - What does the EU actually mean to citizens?: An in-depth study of Dutch citizens' understandings and evaluations of the European Union - Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS), 60 (5), 1432-1448 - doi: 10.1111/jcms.13314 - [link] Tim van Meurs, Joost Oude Groeniger, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal (2022) - An incongruous intervention: Exploring the role of anti-institutionalism in less-educated individual’s limited uptake of nutrition information - Sociology of Health and Illness, 44 (2), 432-450 - doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.13430 - [link] Activities 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 Willem Koster (2010) - 'I Like to Stand up Against Injustice': On a Social Movement Emerged at “Your Guide Against Senseless Speed Controls Willem Koster (2010) - European Journal of Political Research (Journal) Willem Koster (2010) - Information, Communication and Society (print) (Journal) Willem Koster (2010) - Sociologie (Journal) Willem Koster (2009) - Information, Communication and Society (online) (Journal) Willem Koster (2009) - Sociologie (Journal) Willem Koster (2008) - Sociologie (Journal) Willem Koster (2008) - Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (Journal) Willem Koster (2008) - Social Forces (print) (Journal) Ancillary activities (2) NWO Startdatum goedkeuring september 2022 Einddatum goedkeuring september 2025 Plaats DEN HAAG Beschrijving Lid Wetenschappelijk Adviescollege NWO Tijdschrift Sociologie Startdatum goedkeuring september 2022 Einddatum goedkeuring september 2025 Plaats AMSTERDAM Beschrijving Lid redactieraad Teaching (6) Niveau MA-1 Year Level MA-1 Jaar 2022 Course Code CS5008 Niveau MA-2 Year Level MA-2 Jaar 2022 Course Code CS5050 Niveau MA-1 Year Level MA-1 Jaar 2022 Course Code CS5005 Jaar 2022 Course Code ESSB-S1010 Jaar 2022 Course Code FSWS-1010 Jaar 2022 Course Code FSWS-710 PhD list (1) Micha Kahlen
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