Prof. Dr. Jeroen Jansz

Full Professor of Communication and Media

Biographical Note

Jeroen Jansz holds the Chair of Communication and Media in the Department of Media & Communication. He is a member of the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication, and Culture (ERMeCC). He teaches in IBCoM, the International Bachelor's programme in Communication and Media as well as in the international MA Media, Culture and Society.

His research takes the ubiquity of the Internet as a starting point and aims to understand and explain the changing relations between media consumers and media producers in contemporary participatory culture. The project builds upon his earlier research on interactive entertainment media, in particular video- and computer games. In 2013, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) funded the research project 'Persuasive Gaming. From theory-based design to validation and back'. The research project is a collaboration between ERMeCC (Jansz and Kneer), Utrecht University (Raessens), Eindhoven University of Technology (Schouten) and four Dutch game developers.

From 2000-2008, Jeroen Jansz was a senior associate professor (UHD) at the University of Amsterdam (Department of Communication and ASCoR, the Amsterdam School of Communications Research). Before 2000, he worked in the field of history and theory of psychology at Leiden University (The Netherlands) where he received his PhD in 1991.

During his career Jeroen Jansz has held many administrative positions. Recently, he served as director of the Center for Popular Culture at ASCoR. He was co-founder of the Special Interest Group Game Studies in the International Communication Association and the Dutch chapter of the Digital Games Research Association. Earlier he was Chair of the Media Entertainment group at the UvA. He serves and has served on the editorial board of several journals, including Journal of Media Psychology, Games & Culture, Media Psychology, Theory & Psychology, and P&M. Outside academia, he is member of the committee of appeal (Commissie van Beroep) of 'Kijkwijzer' (the Dutch rating system for audio-visual productions) and a member of the Experts Group of PEGI (Pan European Game Information).

Within the ESHCC, Jeroen Jansz is the Chair of the Examinations Board.