Research School for Economic and Social History


The N.W. Posthumus Institute (NWP) is the Research School for Economic and Social History in the Netherlands and Flanders. It forms a durable platform for collaboration among scholars in the field of economic and social history, including non-Western history, world history and social-cultural history.

The N.W. Posthumus Institute promotes innovative and advanced interdisciplinary research in economic and social history by stimulating joint research programmes of participating institutes. Next to a PhD training in economic and social history, the NWP also provides a four-course programme for Research Master students.

Who is who?

The day-to-day management of the N.W. Posthumus Institute lies with the staff, currently hosted at Utrecht University and existing of the Scientific Director, the Education Programme Director, and the Office Manager. The staff members are supported by several committees. The PhD candidates enrolled with the N.W. Posthumus Institute  are represented through PhD-representatives. The overall governance lies with the General Board, which is supported by an Academic Advisory Board.

Administrative support

The administrative office rotates every fifth year between the universities and research institutes cooperating in the Posthumus Institute.

As of 1 July 2021, the administrative office of the NWP is hosted by the Department of History & Art History of Utrecht University. You can find the address details of the Secretariat on our Contact page.


If you intend to host or organise a Posthumus activity, please make sure to contact the Secretariat. You can download the logo of the N.W. Posthumus Institute below in png-format (531 kB).