- Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Public Administration
|Work history||2/2012 – current. PhD candidate UniteEurope Project. Department of Public Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
2/2010 – 1/2012 Researcher ‘Theorizing the Evolution of European Migration Systems’ (THEMIS) research project. Department of Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
1/2009 – 1/2010 Student assistant ‘Conjoining Citizenship’ Project. Department of Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
|Study history||09/2009 – 05/2011 MSc in Urban Studies and Urban Policies (with distinction). Faculty of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Title of thesis: ‘The Virtual Reality of the Public Sphere’
09/2006 – 09/2009 BSc in Sociology (with distinction). Faculty of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Minor: International and European Politics. Participation in Erasmus Honours Programme 2008
Governments' responsiveness to the virtual public sphere
Online media have become a new sphere of political discussion among citizens. This has spurred scholarly debate on the emergence of a virtual public sphere, as online media closely approach Habermas’ historical blueprint of the public sphere. In contrast to other arenas of the public sphere, online media have the advantage of being easy access, non-hierarchical and real-time. This may provide for a vital public sphere through which citizens communicate their needs and preferences to the government. Such a vital public sphere is key for governments’ democratic legitimacy.