dr. Mijke Slot


Biographical Note

Dr. Mijke Slot is lecturer at the Department of Media & Communication of Erasmus University Rotterdam and researcher at the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC). Her research interests lie the field of new media, the activities of media users, online creativity, the future of journalism and serious games. Together with colleague Jeroen Jansz and a support team, Mijke developed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Serious Gaming, which was launched on Coursera in April 2016. In less than a year it attracted more than 20.000 visitors. Recently, Mijke co-wrote a report on the serious gaming sector in Rotterdam. In this report, she investigates the talent needs of game companies in the serious game sector.

In the International Bachelor Communication and Media, the Master Media & Culture and the Master Media & Business, Mijke develops and teaches courses on social media, the impacts of communication technologies and active audiences. In 2015, she was awarded the Erasmus University teaching prize.  

Before working as a fulltime researcher/lecturer at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, she held a position as researcher at Dutch research institute TNO. In 2009, Mijke supported the Temporary Committee for the Innovation and Future of the Press to advise the Minister of Education, Culture and Science on how to deal with technological challenges provided to Dutch news media. Later, in collaboration with various stakeholders, she researched the innovative potential and practices of news companies and consumption practices of news consumers. She studied the changing news sector in Europe for the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies, and advised the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science on the future of Dutch news agencies, who were struggling with the decreasing value of their services due to digitization and online competition.

Mijke’s work is published in international journals (Journal of Children and Media, The International Journal of Web Based Communities, Observatorio, Telematics & Informatics), she has been author and editor of several publications on journalism in a changing landscape and in 2009 she won the Best Young Researcher Award at the COST Conference The Good, The Bad and The Challenging, in Copenhagen.