Research School for Economic and Social History

Research Networks

The NWP has composed six research networks, in which NWP researchers focus on specific themes and theme-related questions.

1. ‘Economy and Society of the Pre-industrial Low Countries in Comparative Perspective’

The research network ‘Economy and Society of the Pre-industrial Low Countries in Comparative Perspective’ brings together Dutch and Flemish scholars working on different aspects of the economy and society of the Low Countries between 1300 and 1850. The ambition is to introduce more emphasis on comparative research that identifies differences and commonalities both within the Low Countries and with other countries and regions around the globe.

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2. ‘Globalisation, Inequality, and Sustainable Development in Long-Term Perspective’

The research network ‘Globalisation, Inequality, and Sustainable Development in Long-Term Perspective’ aims to enhance inter-university research cooperation between economic, social, technology and business historians working on globalisation, (economic) inequality and sustainable development in the Flemish-Dutch research community.

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3. ‘Societies in Context: Interactions between humans and rural-urban environments’

The research network ‘Societies in Context’  gathers researchers exploring how humans have been shaped by and given shape to their ‘environments’, broadly defined as the social, economic, institutional, and ecological contexts in which people live.

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4. ‘Life-courses, Family, and Labour’

The research 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.

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5. Research Network ‘Inclusion, Exclusion and Mobility’

The Flemish-Dutch research network ‘Inclusion, Exclusion, and Mobility’ is a  network for scholars working on the broad field of social history from the late medieval period to the present. It also welcomes PhD-researchers who work on stand-alone projects that relate to social history.

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6. Research Network ‘Routes and Roots in Colonial and Global History

The research network ‘Routes and Roots in Colonial and Global History’ convenes Dutch and Flemish scholars, whose aim it is to combine a global approach with a sensitivity for local and emic perspectives.

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