About me

I am working as assistant professor at the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG/USBO) at Utrecht University. Next to teaching several courses at this institute, my current research activities focus on the use of social media in public security and policing.

My main research interest is the new publicity that is created by social media. Before, I have studied the role of social media in migration decision-making, policy agenda setting effects of (social) media coverage and government responsiveness to the virtual public sphere.

In October 2016, I defended my PhD thesis entitled ‘Policy in the Public Eye’ at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

 

Academic publications

Book chapters

Dekker, R., Faber, M. & Engbersen, G.B.M. (2016). Online Feedback in Migration Networks. In: Bakewell, O., Engbersen, G.B.M., Fonseca, L. & Horst, C. (Eds.) Networks and Beyond. Feedback in International Migration (pp. 69-89). Palgrave MacMillan.

Van Meeteren, M.J., Van de Pol, S., Dekker, R., Engbersen, G.B.M. & Snel, E. (2013). Destination Netherlands. History of immigration and immigration policy in the Netherlands. In Netherlands. Economic, Social and Environmental Issues (pp. 113-117). Hauppage: Nova Science Publishers.

Book reviews

Dekker, R. (2016).  Methodological Passages to Digital Humanities, Book review. Kwalon Tijdschrift voor Kwalitatief Onderzoek, 21(1), 60-63.

Dekker, R. (2015). The Basque Diaspora Webscape. Identity, Nation, and Homeland, 1990s-2010s, Book review. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38 (3), 477-479.

Journal articles

Dekker, R. & Scholten, P.W.A. (2017). Framing the Immigration Policy Agenda. A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Media Effects on Dutch Immigration Policies. International Journal of Press/Politics, 22(2), 202-222.

Dekker, R. (2017). Frame Ambiguity in Policy Controversies: Critical Frame Analysis of Migrant Integration Policies in Antwerp and Rotterdam. Critical Policy Studies, 11(2), 127-145.

Dekker, R., Engbersen, G.B.M., & Faber, M. (2016). The Use of Online Media in Migration Networks. Population, Space and Place, 22(6), 539-551.

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PhD Thesis

On October 14, 2016 I defended my PhD thesis ‘Policy in the Public Eye’

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The full thesis, including a summary in Dutch, is available online.

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Teaching

9/2016-current: Course coordinator, Lecturer and tutor Public Administration and Organization Science

I am teaching various BSc. and MSc. courses at Utrecht University School of Governance. This includes coordinating the course ‘Governance and Policy (Bestuur en Beleid)’ and supervising master thesis projects on various topics.

9/2014 – 5/2016: Co-developer Master ‘Governance of Migration and Diversity’

I was involved in the development of a new master programme that will be a cooperation between different disciplines of the universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam.

02/2012 – 5/2016: Lecturer and tutor Public Administration bachelor programme

I tutored the bachelor 3 course ‘Policy and Institutions’and the Bachelor 2 course ‘Political Philosophy and Democracy’. I provided several guest lecures about my research in various courses.

09/2011 – 1/2012: Coordinator implementation Problem Based Learning-courses

I advised course lecturers in the Sociology Bachelor programme on developing their courses according to the format of Problem Based Learning (Dutch acronym: PGO).

09/2010 – 1/2012: Tutor Sociology Bachelor Programme

I taught multiple theoretical courses and academic skill groups in the Sociology Bachelor Programme, among which: Introduction to Sociology, History of Sociology, Economic Sociology, Methodology, Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Religion and Urban Studies. These courses were taught based on the problem based learning methodology (Dutch acronym: PGO).

In the media

Medi@4Sec.eu (2017). ‘Watching the Detectives: Why are citizens filming the police?’ 12 December 2017.

Stuk Rood Vlees (2017). ‘Zullen Lili en Howick hun stempel op het Kinderpardon drukken?’ 24 August 2017.

Nederlands Dagblad (2017). ‘Hoe burger de politie te hulp kan schieten’. 7 June 2017.

Expertisecentrum IDEM (2017). ‘Media heeft beperkte invloed op integratie- en immigratiebeleid’ 9 February 2017.

Sociale Vraagstukken (2016). ‘De media-invloed op het immigratie- en integratiebeleid wordt overdreven’. 30 November 2016

BNR Nieuwsradio (2016).Media hebben maar weinig invloed op beleid’. 10 October 2016

Volkskrant (2016).Asielbeleid straalt uit: Vluchteling, u moet hier niet zijn’. 20 February 2016, p. 14-15.

Internationale Politik (IP) (2016). Vernetzt statt verwurzelt. Wie sociale Medien Wanderungsbewegungen fördern können.’ Volume 71, Issue 1 January/February 2016. p. 21-25

Vice.com (2015).Deze verlamde Syrier is de noodhulp voor duizenden vluchtelingen.’ 20 November 2015

Erasmus Alumnieuws (2015). ‘Bepalende rol media bij beeldvorming rond vreemdelingen. Veel aandacht voor onderwerpen met meerdere frames.’

The New Yorker (2015).Ten Borders. One refugee’s epic escape from Syria.’ 26 October 2015

Nederlands Dagblad (2015).Hoe media asielzaak brengen, kan invloed hebben op beleid’ p.3. 30 September 2015

BNR Nieuwsradio (2015).Hoe discussies over asielzoekers volgens een vast patroon verlopen’. 29 September 2015

Contact

Address

Utrecht University
Utrecht School of Governance
Office -115a
Bijlhouwerstraat 6
3511 ZC Utrecht

Email

r.dekker1 [at] uu.nl

Phone

+31 (0) 30 253 93 95