29 August 2017

Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk appointed as Special Professor at Radboud University

Prof. Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk has been appointed as special chair ‘Comparative History of Households, Gender and Work’ at Radboud University, Nijmegen as of 15 June 2017. This special chair has been made possible by the Unger-Van Brero Fund, which aims to promote research in social and economic history in the Netherlands.

Profile of the chair

By combining both qualitative and quantitative empirical methods, this chair intends to establish a broad comparative view of long-term patterns in the economic activities of men, women and children. This approach not only allows for macro-perspectives of how labour relations changed, but also enables us to distinguish long-term patterns and understand how the respective members of households negotiated their labour, consumption and reproduction options within the given constraints of the different power relations – defined in terms of gender, age, class, ethnicity and colonial relations – with which they had to cope.

Van Nederveen Meerkerk’s broad chronological and geographical scope, ranging from the early modern period to the present, and her experience with global comparative research, both individually and in teams, will be highly complementary to the work that is currently being done in the ESDG at Radboud University.

Prof. Van Nederveen Meerkerk


Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (Zaltbommel, 1975) is an economic and social historian specialized in the history of labour relations, notably women’s and children’s work in the 17th and 18th century. In 2007, she obtained her PhD in Economic and Social History, on women’s work in the early modern Dutch Republic. As of September 2017, she is associate professor Economic and Social History at Utrecht University.

Van Nederveen Meerkerk currently leads the NWO Vidi-project 'Industriousness in an imperial economy. Women’s and Children’s work in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Indies 1815-1940' at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She published in several leading economic and social history journals, such as the Economic History Review, Feminist Economics, and the International Review of Social History. She has directed several comparative labour history projects, on the history of textile workers, child labour, domestic workers, and sex workers.