Professor Liesbet van Zoonen
Professor Liesbet van Zoonen holds the chair in Media and Communications at Loughborough University, UK. She is also a part-time professor in Popular Culture at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. For more than 20 years she worked at the University of Amsterdam, most recently as head of the Department of Communication. She also held various positions at other universities in the world, most notably as professor II at Oslo University, and as visiting professor at the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) and the Hochschüle für Film und Fernsehen (Germany). Her research covers a wide range of issues in the social sciences, but all concern the question whether and how popular culture is a relevant resource for civic understanding and social participation. She is the co-director of the Loughborough Communication Research Centre, which brings together internationally leading researchers of communication studies, with expertise ranging from discourse and social interaction to culture and media.