Welcome to my website

I am a PhD candidate at the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC). My current research concerns research the sources and diffusion of innovation among artists and creative workers, and my dissertation is part of the NWO funded project Cultures of Innovation in the Creative Industries (CICI). As a historian and sociologist with a strong interest in urban issues, I study these practices of innovation in the context of urban policies, heritage studies, cultural sociology and field research. I am also a lecturer in the International Bachelor in Communication and Media and the premaster’s programme in Media Studies. 

This website provides information regarding the CICI project, my research, (guest) lectures and publications.

AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago

Chicago, IL, the city of Obama; Oprah; Bulls, Bears and Cubs; a mecca for urban sociologists and home to this year’s Association of American Geographer’s Annual Meeting.

From the 21st to the 25th of April, I spent my days listening to fascinating presentations, keynotes and panel discussions, meeting, meeting tons of interesting people and drinking some Chicago’s many local beers.

I had the pleasure to present some of my ongoing work on place, reputation and creativity at the From Kreuzberg to Williamsburg: Exploring the trans-local nature of cultural scenes and the creation and diffusion of knowledge, practices and value(s) across space, scale and industry session. In short, my presentation addressed how creative workers and artists talk about space and places in the story they tell about themselves. An important conclusion here is that a place’s reputation plays an important role in locational decision making, as well as the identity of the creative worker. It is strongly related to social networks, romanticised views of other (creative) places far away, and a negative attitude towards ‘competitive’ places.




Abstract paper


From Kreuzberg to Williamsburg session program



Blog Vizier

I wrote a blog for the Dutch/Flemish think tank Vizier about new public management in academia and the arts. Here’s the link to the article [in Dutch].

The CICI team is looking for a student assistant!

[in Dutch – this vacancy has been filled]

Het Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) zoekt op korte termijn een Student Assistent ten behoeve van het “Cultures of Innovation in the Creative Industries” (CICI) project.

Werkzaamheden bestaan uit onderzoeksondersteuning en dataverzameling (standaardinformatie locaties updaten; survey management en uitwerken van interviews); het onderhouden van diverse webpagina’s (Nederlands en Engelstalig); assisteren bij organisatie en uitvoering van CICI en ERMeCC activiteiten; meedenken over nieuwe initiatieven ten behoeve van de zichtbaarheid van het project en diverse werkzaamheden t.b.v. communicatie en informatievoorziening.
De studentassistent stemt de werkzaamheden af met en wordt aangestuurd door de projectleider CICI, tevens managing director van ERMeCC.

We zoeken een communicatieve en flexibele assistent, met affiniteit met de onderzoekthema’s van CICI / ERMeCC; ervaring met CMS (bij voorkeur WordPress en/of Typo 3); een zelfstandige, gestructureerde en nauwkeurige werkwijze; en uitstekende beheersing van Nederlands en Engels.

Omvang is 0,3 fte 3 dagdelen ofwel 1,5 dagen per week), werkdagen en tijden zijn in overleg te bepalen. Het gaat om een tijdelijke functie tot 1 september 2015. Het salaris is conform de CAO voor studentassistenten.
Zie verder onze website www.ciciproject.nl

Graag sollicitaties vóór 2 december 2014 via de mail aan Dr. Erik Hitters, projectleider (hitters at eshcc.eur.nl), met een CV en cijferlijst als attachment.

3rd International Research Conference on the Cultural and Creative Industries

On May 23 2014, I presented, together with my colleagues Erik Hitters and Pawan Bhansing, the preliminary findings of the CICI project on the 3rd International Research Conference on the Cultural and Creative Industries in Antwerp, Belgium. The Creative Jumbers team of the Antwerp Management School nicely summarised and discussed our findings. You can find our PowerPoint presentation below.

IMG_3975-400x400Hitters, E. Bhansing, P., Wijngaarden, Y.,’Cultures of Innovation in small scale creative clusters’ (PDF)