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Gabriele Jacobs is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Culture at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESSB).  Her research interests include: Organizational change, justice and identity, leadership, international public safety management, civic engagement, co-creation, methodology.

Since September 2022 Gabriele Jacobs leads the NWA project AI-MAPS (Artifical Intelligence in Multi-Agency Public Safety), an multi-disciplinary reserach project with more than 20 partners from academia, the private and public sector and civil society.  From January 2020 till June 2022 Gabriele Jacobs was Dean of the Erasmus University College (EUC). Gabriele Jacobs worked from 2000 to 2019 at the Rotterdam School of Management / Erasmus University Rotterdam (RSM) and acted from 2016 to 2019 as Academic Director of the International Business Administration Bachelor Programme (IBA). Next to this she was co-director of the Centre of Excellence on Public Safety Management (CESAM) at RSM from 2014 to 2019.

She graduated with her PhD from University of Münster, Germany in 1998 within a multidisciplinary PhD program of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). From 1992 - 99 she worked as researcher and Assistant Professor at the University of Cologne (Department of Economic and Social Psychology). In 1998 she was Visiting Professor at HEC, Paris (Department of Human Resource Management). Next to presenting her work at international conferences, Gabriele publishes in a wide range of academic journals in organizational behavior, marketing and management and also in journals with an applied focus.

She coordinates and conducts several EU-projects in the field of safety and security. Next to this she is involved in national research projects. From 2016 to 2019 she coordinated the Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance on "International Security Management", which aimed at creating sustainable and concrete resources and structures to foster international security collaborations. Between 2010 and 2014 she coordinated COMPOSITE (Comparative Police Studies in the EU), a FP7 EU project in the field of security. COMPOSITE looked into small and large scale change processes in police forces across Europe.  Gabriele derives her academic passion and inspiration from the collaboration and dialogue with inter-disciplinary academics and students and multi-sector practitioners. She feels that academia - in education and research - needs to address core societal challenges in order to facilitate sustainable and innovative solutions.  

Gabriele Jacobs is married and has a son and two daughters. A dog and (adopted) parrot also belong to the family. She loves traveling, sport, reading and admiring art, especially photography. Also she is excited about the family hobby, namely discovering the Netherlands by boat. The home harbor is beautiful Delfshaven in Rotterdam. 


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