Research School for Economic and Social History


23 - 26 October 2022
Lund University, Sweden

ESTER Research Design Course 2022 (Lund, Sweden)

ESTER, the European graduate School for Training in Economic and Social Historical Research (ESTER), announces its annual Research Design Course (RDC) for economic and social historians on 23 – 26 October 2022 in Lund (Sweden). This year’s Research Design Course will take place at Lund and will be sponsored by the department of Economic History, School of Economics and Management, and the department of History, joint Faculties of Humanities and Theologyof Lund University. This year’s edition will be organised by Jaco Zuijderduijn and Christina Rothman (Lund University), Rogier van Kooten and René van Weeren (Utrecht University).


The RDC assists candidates in setting up a high quality and well-designed plan for their dissertation under the guidance of a team of senior researchers and research design specialists whose task it is to provide comments and feedback. Thus, the RDC is not a “course” in which an instructor will give a lecture or that you will discuss historical theories in a seminar setting. Instead, it is focussed on presentations of individual projects and the ensuing discussions on how to improve them.

The  goal of  the RDC course is to offer PhD candidates assistance in:

  • Sharpening and refining their research questions;
  • Strengthening the focus of their research;
  • Increasing the consistency of their overall dissertation plan;
  • Making explicit the various theoretical and methodological choices that have to be made in the course of the project;
  • Improving the composition of the dissertation;
  • Learn how to provide feedback to your peers;


The RDC programme is intended for PhD candidates in economic and social history, regardless of their research subject. Although this is the case, there are a couple of requirements, that should be met. At the time of the Research Design Course:

  • Candidates should be (at the very least) finishing the first year of their dissertation project. The methodology and research design should not be fully crystallised.
  • Participants should have been working on their research for at least six months, when they start writing their paper.
  • The main language of this event is English. Therefore, all participant should be able to have mastered it at a sufficient level.

How to apply

The deadline for applications has passed.