Meet the members of the Rotterdam Popular Music Studies (RPMS) research group. 

Michaël Berghman

Michaël Berghman is assistant professor of sociology of art and culture at the Department of Art and Culture Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on cultural taste and perception in the domains of visual art, product design and popular music and how these are patterned along social lines.

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Pauwke Berkers

Pauwke Berkers is Head of Department and Associate Professor Sociology of Arts and Culture at the department of Arts and Culture Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research interests focus mainly on inequalities in popular music but his academic curiosity often lures him away into topics like awkwardness, well-being, resilience. Anything that is fashionable, basically.

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Twitter: @PauwkeBerkers

Thomas Calkins

Thomas Calkins is a postdoctoral researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Arts and Culture Studies department. His research interests include the sociology of culture, urban sociology, and social stratification. He uses quantitative, qualitative, GIS, and mixed methods to explore the linkages between music and inequality.

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Twitter: @culturemapper

Wessel Coppes

Wessel Coppes is head of Jazz, Pop and World Music at Codarts Rotterdam (University of the Arts) and part of the management team of Codarts. He is currently writing his dissertation about popular music departments at higher music education institutes.

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Koen van Eijck

Koen van Eijck is a full professor of cultural lifestyles at the department of Arts and Culture Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research interests include (changes in) cultural taste patterns and audience research, while recently the focus is on innovative classical music practices.

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Rick Everts

Rick Everts is a PhD candidate in the sociology of arts and culture at the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Rick’s PhD focuses on the careers of pop musicians in the Dutch music ecology and how they navigate the demands of the precariousness of creative work.

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Didier Goossens

Didier Goossens is a lecturer and PhD candidate at the department of Arts & Culture Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on the different perceptions of glocal metal throughout the music industry, mapping how glocal backgrounds influence how people make sense of music.

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Twitter: @Goossens101

Frank Kimenai

Frank Kimenai is an independent consultant, researcher and cultural professional, specialized in the creative industry in general and popular music in particular. Frank operates from Amsterdam, and is involved in several European and national projects, for example the development of Music Moves Europe, the chairmanship of POPnl and the business management of the Grauzone festival. He is currently conducting PhD research on the resilience of music ecosystems, where he combines his formal education as an ecologist with 20 years of experience in the music sector. Frank feels most at home at the intersection of culture, economy and policy. He likes Excel sheets and listens to Black Flag.

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Martijn Mulder

Martijn Mulder is a PhD candidate at the Media and Communication department. As part of the POPLIVE project, his research focuses on live music venues, music festivals and live music audiences. Martijn is also a senior lecturer at the Leisure and Events department of Willem de Kooning Academy and author of the book Leisure!

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Julian Schaap

Julian Schaap is assistant professor sociology of music. His research focuses on two pillars: first, he studies social inequalities on the basis of class, gender and race-ethnicity in (cultural) consumption and production practices, with a focus on (popular) music. Second, he works on the myriad intersections between cognitive studies and cultural sociology, particularly Bourdieusian analyses. 

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Britt Swartjes

Britt Swartjes is a PhD Candidate at the department of Arts and Culture studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research engages with sociological approaches to music in the city, focusing on how music festivals can be public spaces where people from diverse backgrounds meet. 

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Twitter: @BrittSwartjes


Chris Thompson

Christopher Thompson is a postdoctoral researcher funded by the Swedish Research Council. He specializes in popular music and the processes of memory and commemoration. His current project is on archivalization and music heritage in the American South through the lens of the Southern Folklife Collection.

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Femke Vandenberg

Femke Vandenberg is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. As a cultural sociologist, her research is interested in the role of popular music in society, with a special focus on the collective experience of live music.

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Twitter: @femvandenberg