Research School for Economic and Social History


8 - 9 June 2023
Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

Work and Wellbeing in History FRESH Meeting

Work is central to human wellbeing, but job quality has received comparatively little attention in economic history and historical wellbeing studies. The inclusion of ‘decent work’ in the Sustainable Development Goals and the recent profusion of present-day job quality metrics provide an opportunity for historical social science to contribute to discussions about the development of job-related wellbeing and the determinants of good work. The Work and Wellbeing in History FRESH Meeting (8–9 June 2023) will bring together research on labor and quality of life in the past. The meeting will welcome economic and social historians, work researchers, and wellbeing scholars to share papers on work in the past, historical wellbeing, and the relationship between the two. We are delighted to welcome Professor Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and Professor Amy Erickson (University of Cambridge), who are world-leading experts in the study of historical wellbeing and labor, to deliver keynote lectures.

<p.Researchers interested in presenting should send an abstract of 250–300 words and a brief (1–2 page) CV to by e-mail by 10 March 2023. Early career scholars and researchers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the academy are especially encouraged to apply.