As of 1 September 2019 Marcel Boumans is appointed as professor in the History of Economics at Utrecht University. Boumans is a professor at the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) and his chair is partly financed by the Pierson Fonds. He considers the appointment to be honourable: 'It is recognition for my work, a kind of oeuvre award.’
In June 2020 Boumans will give his inaugural speech and he, as the current president of the international History of Economics Society, will host and organise the very first conference of the Society that will take place outside North America - in Utrecht. Moreover, in June, the presentation of the triennial Pierson Penning will also take place in Utrecht for the first time. All these academic festivities mark a special year for the History of Economics.
At my age (59) this is a kind of 'oeuvre award’, says Marcel Boumans about his appointment. ‘It is an great recognition for my work, and also certainly a recognition of the field of study. Therefore, I am very happy with this recognition. Worldwide, we are seeing a decline of chairs in the history of economics. But Utrecht University has now, against this trend, created a new chair for this field of study. This can also be seen as a strengthening of the Descartes Centre. I really appreciate the fact that I am in the position to propagate this field of study.