Research School for Economic and Social History


Introducing: New Research Network Coordinators ‘Life-Courses, Family, and Labour’

After having served successfully for several years as Research Network Coordinators of the Research Network ‘Life-Courses, Family, and Labour’, Paul Puschmann and Corinne Boter have decided to hand over their position to two successors. We are happy to inform you that Sanne Muurling and Evelien Walhout have accepted to act as new Research Network Coordinators. The network ‘Life-courses, Family, and Labour’ aims to bring together the fields of demographic and labour history to better understand the long-term development of populations, households, and the gender division of labour from the early modern age until the present.

We welcome both Sanne and Evelien as new Research Network Coordinators, and want to express our sincere thanks to Paul Puschmann and Corinne Boter for their succesful activities and initiatives as Research Coordinators over the past years.

Sanne Muurling is Assistant Professor of Social History, with an expertise in the dynamics of gender and social inequalities in the lives of ordinary people between 1600 and 1900. Through topics such as crime and mortality she asks how categories such as gender, socioeconomic status, single motherhood, migration background, or the place where someone lived determined what opportunities someone had in life. She obtained her PhD (2019) from the VU Amsterdam on her research on gender dynamics in crime in early modern Bologna, later also resulting in a book publication Everyday crime, criminal justice and gender in early modern Bologna (Brill Publishers, 2021). Since then, Sanne has been affiliated with the project ‘Lifting the burden of disease. The modernization of health in the Netherlands: Amsterdam 1854-1940’ and is an editor at TSEG – The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History.


Evelien Walhout is Assistant Professor of Economic and Social History, with a special interest in historical demography and gender history. She obtained her PhD on morbidity and mortality patterns of infants and children in 19th and early 20th-century Netherlands in 2019 (Sociology, Tilburg University). She is also President of the International Committee for Historical Demography (ICHD), member of the board of the Yearbook of Women’s History, and affiliated member of the Radboud Group for Historical Demography and Family History in Nijmegen.