Simone Driessen, PhD


Biographical Note

Simone Driessen is a lecturer in the Department of Media & Communication, of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. As a lecturer she is involved in several courses in the IBCoM-bachelor program and the pre-master programs. She also supervises theses for the Master Media Studies.

In 2017, Simone obtained her PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam (Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture). In that context, she examined how different audiences give meaning to mainstream popular music from the past in their current everyday lives. She analyzed on- and offline reactions to the TV- and concert series the Big Reunion (a program reuniting once chart-topping pop acts like 5ive and Atomic Kitten), and conducted interviews with (long-term and former) fans of boy band the Backstreet Boys and Dutch pop act Doe Maar. Simone has (co-)authored several journal articles and book chapters on popular music, fans, and aging. More generally, her research interests are audience reactions to and audience engagement with popular culture at large.

Prior to her PhD, 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.