Arno van der Hoeven (photographer: Jaap van Rijn)

Welcome to my website!  I work as a project manager for Platform31. Before this position, I was an advisor to the Rotterdam Council for Art and Culture (2021-2022) and until 2021 I was Assistant Professor in the department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. My research focused on the contributions of media and culture to urban development. I am fascinated by the ways in which cultural forms such as popular music foster social relationships and meaningful engagements between people and their local environment. I have worked on various research projects that address these connections between place, culture and identity:

Next to my research activities, I taught various courses about the impact of the media industries and cultural globalisation on society. I hold the Senior University Teaching Qualification (SQT / SKO) and acted as the academic coordinator of the Premaster Media Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Furthermore,  I hold MA degrees in Communication Science from Radboud University Nijmegen and Sociology from the University of Antwerp.  In 2014, I obtained my PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam.