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Julia Kneer is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam and chair of the Examination Board at ESHCC. Before working as Assistant Professor here, she worked as a postdoc researcher and lecturer at the University of Cologne, Department of Social and Media, where she taught theoretical and methodical courses in Media, Social, and Organizational Psychology. Julia studied Psychology at Saarland University from 1996 to 2001. From 2003 to 2008 she worked at the Department of Social Psychology (Prof. Wintermantel, head), Saarland University. In May 2006 she received her PhD in Social Psychology (“Causal Person Model”). Her research focus lies on digital games, especially how digital games and players are perceived, generation differences, and digital game addiction. Further research interests include interactive and digital media in general, health communication, heavy metal music, music in movies, and social cognition. She has published in Computers in Human Behavior, Psychology of Popular Media Culture, Journal of Media Psychology, Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, and Social Psychology. Julia served as chair of the Games Studies Divison of the International Communication Association (vice chair 2015-2017, chair 2017-2019). Current research projects are: Urban Media Engagement (together with Jeroen Jansz and Liesbet van Zoonen). Former projects: Homies: wijkgerichte op media gebaseerde identiteiten met empowermentstrategieën (together with Jeroen Jansz), The fogland game: creating and validating a paper prototype of a game to fight smokers’ needs for relaxation and social contacts (video

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

ERMeCHS research clusters

  • MICS - Music, Industry, Culture, Society
  • VEGAS - Virtual Environments, Games and Society


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