dr. E. van Laar (Ester)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Ester van Laar works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Communication Science. Her research interest focuses on measuring the level of 21st-century digital skills. This includes skills such as information management, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving. In her research she combines various quantitative and qualitative research methods to identify and measure digital skills youth and working professionals need to learn. The 21st-century digital skills are considered as key to employment and innovation. 


Social Sciences
Cultural Economy
Arts & Humanities
21st Century
Literature Review
Business & Economics
Creative Industries


The PhD project is part of an interdisciplinary research project 'e-skills, key to the 21st century labor', funded by the NWO and different public-private partners. The aim of this project is to determine and improve the level of 21st-century digital skills of employees working in the creative industries.


van Laar, E. , van Deursen, A. J. A. M. , van Dijk, J. A. G. M., & de Haan, J. (2019). Examining the sequentiality of 21st-century digital skills: A path analysis. Paper presented at 69th Annual International Communication Association Conference 2019, Washington, District of Columbia, United States.

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room C225B
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  C225B
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands