Dr. Eugène Loos

Bijlhouwerstraat 6-8
Bijlhouwerstraat 6-8
Kamer 1.08
3511 ZC Utrecht

Dr. Eugène Loos

Associate Professor
Organisation Science
+31 30 253 7815
e.f.loos@uu.nl

Dr. Eugène Loos is a member of the Research School Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG) (https://www.nigovernance.nl/). He is active in the Utrecht University focus area Governing the Digital Society (https://www.uu.nl/onderzoek/governing-the-digital-society) and the strategic theme Dynamics of Youth (https://www.uu.nl/en/research/dynamics-of-youth).

His research agenda focuses on the role of media literacy for accessible reliable digital information for all citizens. He investigates which factors are influencing the societal impact of digitization on younger and older generations for organizations aiming to enhance their social inclusion. Co-creation of public values by stakeholders for example in health care and education, while paying attention to age the leading principle for his research agenda.

He investigates the (ir)relevance of age for: (1) different generations of citizens' digital information search behaviour, (2) their perception of the reliability of information sources and (3) their identification with images on websites.

His research currently focuses on ways to combat fake news by using a generational approach.

He also was co-chair van de Media Work Group of the COST Action “Ageism” isch/IS1402 (www.notoageism.com), and a member of COST Actions 269 “User aspects of ICT”, COST 298 “Participation in the Broadband Society” (http://www.cost298.org/) and COST Action IS0906 “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies” (http://www.cost-transforming-audiences.eu).

He was a professor by special apointment for the chair Old and new media in an ageing society, endowed by 'ANBO' (Dutch organisation for senior citizens), at the Communication Science department (Program Group Persuasive Communication) of the University of Amsterdam from June 2009 until June 2019.
Projects
Project
Enhancing UU students' media literacy to evaluate the reliability of digital information 01.01.2024 to 31.12.2024
General project description

It is important for students to be able to use reliable sources in courses they are taking or for their thesis. It can also be useful to make use of online news articles.
This educational research project at Utrecht University collaborates with Sourcer (https://getsourcer.com), an organization that provides a tool that helps students self-assess the reliability of online news articles. We would like to know what students' experiences are with this tool.
Therefore, in this exploratory project, we are asking students if they could test this tool for us. Participation is, of course, completely voluntary. Moreover, they can decide to stop their participation at any time, should they change their mind later. They also sign an informed consent form. REBO's ethics committee has approved this educational research project. S
When students participate, we install the tool on the laptop they use when they search for online news articles for a course or their thesis. This is a tracker they use only for the news articles they find online and use. So only the results of their searches for online news articles are tracked (anonymized, not traceable to their person), their other searches on the Internet are not tracked. And the answers to the questions abut their experiences with Sourcer, we will ask them, after the project, about their experiences with this  tool cannot be traced back to their person either.

Role
Project Leader & Researcher
Funding
External funding YELS, Youth Education & Life Skills, strategic theme Dynamics of Youth, Utrecht University
External project members
  • Wout Haakman MSc
Completed Projects
Project
Fighting Fake News: A New Literacies Approach for Young People 16.07.2021 to 31.05.2022
General project description

International consortium

Role
Project Leader & Researcher
Funding
External funding EU Incentive fund Consortia Dynamics of Youth
External project members
  • Elisabeth Staksrud; Hajo Boomgaarden; Loredana Ivan; Elena-Alexandra Dumitru; Christina Ponte; Ioli Campos; Francesca Comunello; Katariina Salmela Aro; Andra Siibak; Sebastiaan Wachs; Steven Stegers; Lauri Hietajarvi
Project
Access to reliable digital Covid-19 information: An information right for all citizens 10.08.2020 to 11.10.2021
General project description

Toolkit with legal, technological and educatibe measures to fight Covid-19 fake news.

Role
Project Leader & Researcher
Funding
External funding SIDN fonds
Project
Being Connected at Home – Making use of digital devices in later life 01.03.2018 to 27.02.2021
General project description

During three years researchers from the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Canada focused on fundamental changes in the contemporary experience of later life, at the intersection of digital infrastructures, During three years researchers from the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Canada investigated fundamental changes in the contemporary experience of later life, at the intersection of digital infrastructures, place and the experience of “being connected”place and the experience of “being connected”.

Role
Project Leader & Researcher & Contact
Funding
EU grant Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives” (http://www.jp-demographic.eu/ about-us/)
External project members
  • Aleander Peine (Universiteit Utrecht Copernicus Instituut)
  • Daniel Lopez Gomez (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Spanje)
  • Barbara Marshall (Trent University Canada)
  • Britt Ostlund (KTH Stockholm Zweden)
Project
Ice skating exergame played by refugees and Dutch children in school classes 01.10.2016 to 31.10.2017
General project description

The purpose of this project is to explore how exergames (digital games combining exercise with game play) and the playful interactions fostered during play can contribute to establish, reinforce or change the nature of social interactions among refugees and Dutch children in school classes. Exergame play enables multiple players to compete or cooperate on a team, thereby providing both a virtual and a real social interaction. Because exergame play allows youth to take their eyes off their peers and direct their attention toward a screen, game play may reduce body self-consciousness during physical activity.

Role
Project Leader & Researcher
Funding
Utrecht University Focus Area Sports and Society
External project members
  • Theresa de la Hera Conde-Pumpido; Amanda Paz Alencar; Claudine Lamoth; Myrte Vertsteeg; Wiljan van Willigenburg
Project
ACT (Ageing, Communication and Technologies) 01.02.2014 to 30.01.2021
General project description

ACT is a research project that addresses the transformation of the experiences of ageing with the proliferation of new forms of mediated communications in networked societies. ACT considere how ‘digital ageism’ – the individual and systemic biases that create forms of inclusion and exclusion that are age-related – operates in subtle ways. ACT is creating intergenerational connections, rethinking new media from the perspective of old age and confronting digital ageism.

Role
Researcher
Individual project description

 1.      The research project Older audiences in the digital media environment: A cross-national longitudinal study (project leaders Eugène Loos, Galit Nimrod and Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol) aims to describe to which extent traditional dominant media are going to be replaced by innovative communication practices within the older audiences of new media, giving us insights into their media repertoires and habits. This research project included the older audience in six countries (Austria, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, Romania, and Spain). During five years the same group of internet users aged 60 and up were followed during three waves (2016, 2018 and 2020). With varying expected dropout rates, the samples were planned to have a final panel that comprised about 500 participants per country. Finland joined the project for waves 2 and 3.

2.      The study The impact of exergames: A panacea for older adults’ wellbeing? Using  narrative literature reviews to make sense of exergaming in later life gives voice to older people themselves to get insight into how do they make sense of exergames in their everyday lives.

 3.      The digital divide due to age is declining quickly. But this does not necessarily mean that the willingness to use stock photos depicting older people accompanying digital information is the same among all senior citizens. The study The impact of pictures representing senior citizens as eternally youthful therefore focused on the following three research questions: 1) To which extent can various Dutch senior citizens (women and men, younger old and older old, living alone or together, full of vitality or fragile) identify with online stock photos of older people accompanying information about pensions, income, health and housing?, (2) Which are the connotations of the visual signs used in such stock photos? and (3) What are the policy implications for organizations aiming at offering digital information for a diverse group of senior citizens? The results of this Dutch study among 31 older adult are used to get insight into the ways they identify with stock photos. Finally, implications for organizations and future research are sketched.interviewed 31 various Dutch senior citizens to know how they identify with different kind of pictures (fragile/healthy) to help them to avoid the looming danger of euphoria and stigmatisation.

Funding
External funding Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada, Partnership Grant program
External project members
  • Kim Sawchuk and international research team (see http://actproject.ca/members/)