Astrid Van den Bossche is a Lecturer in Marketing and Director of Learning and Teaching at the Institute of Management Studies. Prior to joining Goldsmiths, she completed her DPhil at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She also holds a BA in Liberal Arts from University College Maastricht, an MSt in Film Aesthetics from the University of Oxford, and an MSc in Management from London Business School.
Astrid is interested in what cognitive literary theory can contribute to the historical study of markets and marketing practice. Her doctoral thesis examined how mindreading and associated consumer responses shaped the iconic Maidenform “I dreamed…” campaign (United States, 1949-1969).
In a separate project, Astrid is looking at the representation of money and markets in children’s picture books. She is particularly interested in the development of theory of mind in consumer contexts, in gender bias in market-related storytelling, and in the relationship between fictionality and promotional language.
In terms of methodology, Astrid is exploring the potential of computational approaches to analysing textual and visual materials, from records in historical archives to social media.
Astrid currently teaches Coding for Marketers (UG), Digital Marketing and Social Media (UG), and Digital Marketing and Branding (PG), and has previously taught Brand Management (UG) and Marketing Communications (UG) at the IMS. She also teaches sessions on historical methodologies for research methods courses at UG and PG level. Astrid’s interest in marketing was awakened during her work experience as a brand strategist. Trained as a film theorist, Astrid noted that cultural savvy seemed as important as business skills when formulating successful brand strategies. These insights guide her teaching.
- BA in Liberal Arts (Media Studies, Computer Science) – University College Maastricht
- MSt in Film Aesthetics – University of Oxford
- MSc in Management – London Business School
- DPhil in Management Studies — Saïd Business School, University of Oxford