Ellen Loots

Assistant Professor

Biographical Note

Ellen Loots is an assistant professor in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She lectures in the International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies (IBACS), the Pre-Master Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship, and the Master in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship

Academic interests and expertise include:

  • Economics of arts and culture
  • Management of arts and creativity
  • Entrepreneurship in arts and creative industries
  • (comparative) Cultural policy
  • Research methods

Previous education and research

Before joining the EUR in 2015, Ellen Loots has worked at Maastricht University and Groningen University, teaching courses such as Management of Arts & Culture, Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Policy, and Creative Cities.

She obtained a PhD in Applied Economics at Antwerp University (Belgium), with a thesis entitled 'Performance evaluations in the arts: evidence from the Netherlands and Flanders' in which she explored evaluation processes in policy and the media, combining economics, organisational, institutional and sociological perspectives.

Concurrent research interests include (implicit) cultural policy (including evaluations) and its effects on organisational behavior and on the structure of organisational fields; and the psychology, motivation and behavior of artists and creatives in the development of a career.