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 Studies and IBCoM, the International Bachelor in Communication and Media. Erik’s research interests lie in the broad field of transformations in the media and cultural industries. His first strand of research deals with the changing logics of institutional and field dynamics in the media and cultural industries, including the film, music and broadcasting industries. His second interest is in local, regional and national creative industries policies. His third in media clustering and creative cities.

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. From 2007 to 2012 he was member and later Chair of the Examination Board of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. From 2012 to 2013 he served as Director of Education a.i. of that school. Erik has worked as an advisor and consultant on cultural policy and cultural industries to, amongst others, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences, The Association of Dutch Municipalities, and the cities of Rotterdam and Utrecht.