Erik Hitters PhD

Associate Professor

Biographical Note

Erik Hitters (1964) is Associate Professor of media and cultural industries in the Department of Media & Communication of Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has co-founded and is director of ERMeCC, the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture. He lectures for the MA programme in Media and Journalism and IBCoM, the International Bachelor in Communication and Media. His teaching and research activities lie in the fields of creative industries and cities, media clusters, and media organzations and policies. He has published widely on aspects of cultural industry clustering, cultural policies, media organizations, culture and urban development and creative clusters.

Erik Hitters was trained as a sociologist at Tilburg University. In 1990 he started his PhD research as an NWO junior researcher at Utrecht University. He received his doctorate in Social Sciences from Utrecht University in 1996. In 1997 he was a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. Prior to his present job at the Media & Communication Department of Erasmus University, he worked as lecturer and assistant professor at the universities of Nijmegen and Tilburg and as a senior researcher at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies of Erasmus University. Since 2007 he is Chair of the Examination Board of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication.