Simone Driessen MA

PhD Candidate / Lecturer

Biographical Note

Simone Driessen (1987) is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) and a lecturer in the Media and Communication department of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

As a lecturer she is involved in several courses in the IBCoM-bachelor program (i.e. International & Global Communication, Communication as a Social Force and Media Entertainment & Popular Culture). She also supervises theses for the Master Media Studies.

Her PhD-project focuses on the consumption of popular music. Moreover, she is particularly interested in exploring how post-youth audiences (those aged between twenty-five and forty) give meaning to music from their recent past. In four empirical cases, she studies how that generation explains and legitimizes the consumption and appreciation of music from its recent past in different contexts, such as commercially based reunion events or the long-term fandom of boy bands. 

Simone studied Journalism at the Fontys University of Applied Science. After her bachelor, she enrolled in the pre-master and master Media and Journalism at Erasmus University, which she completed in 2011.