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Drs. Marten Boon


Biographical Note

Marten Boon (1978) is a PhD Candidate at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. He is working on a dissertation with the working title Opting for Oil. Rotterdam’s Oil Harbour and the Move from Coal to Petrochemical Feedstock of the Rhine Industry, 1945-1970. This is part of the broader research program Outport and Hinterland. Rotterdam Business and the Ruhr Industry, 1870-2000, initiated and supervised by Prof. dr. Hein A.M. Klemann and Dr. Ben Wubs (see Research).

Currently, Marten is also involved with the development of Business History @ Erasmus, an online platform of Erasmus University scholars with an interest in Business and Economic History. He is webmaster of the platform’s website (

Marten studied History (BA) and Media & Journalism (MA) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He obtained his masters degree in 2006 with a thesis on the concept of culture in framing theory, titled Verhaal en Werkelijkheid. Culturele betekenissen in medianarratieven (Narrative and Reality. Cultural meaning in media narratives). From 2005 to 2009 he worked as a researcher and project manager at Leon de Wolff Mediamanagement in Rotterdam.

His personal interests range from twentieth century history, the Second World War, current developments in ‘new’ and ‘old’ media and film.