We are keen to make our expertise in the field of economic and social history available to external organisations. We welcome commissions from businesses and institutions to carry out research into business history, but other activities are also possible. For more information please contact Dr Joost Dankers.
Below you will find some examples of projects:
One hundred years KLM
In Welcome aboard! Een eeuw KLM (100 years of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines), Dr Bram Bouwens describes the history of the Dutch flagcarrier KLM of the past century on the basis of five themes. With the emphasis on developments in recent decades, the close bond between the airline and the Netherlands, the competition that led KLM to join Air France, the dizzying technological developments and the way in which KLM managed to retain both passengers and staff, are reviewed. The book, which also appeared in English, is larded with pictorial sections compiled by KLM.
Also see a book review about 'Welcome aboard' (in Dutch).
The history of the Dutch Social and Economic Council
To mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Social and Economic council of the Netherlands (SER) Dr Joost Dankers and Prof. Bas van Bavel were commissioned to produce a book on the history of this advisory body.
The resulting book SER 1950-2010 Zestig jaar denkwerk voor draagvlak explores the work of the SER and the way in which the council has dealt with sweeping economic, social and political change with regard to themes such as internationalisation, sustainability, work and social security. The authors, including Prof. Bas van Bavel, Prof. Keetie Sluyterman and Prof. Jan Luiten van Zanden, worked in an interdisciplinary team that also included legal experts and economists and are all affiliated to Utrecht University and the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies.
How Was Life? Global Well-Being since 1820
The research report How Was Life? Global Well-Being since 1820 (2014) is the result of a collaboration between economic historians working on the Clio-Infra project and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It presents a huge quantity of new data on the welfare of people across the globe since 1820. By systematically charting the long-term development of a wide range of welfare indicators, the book creates a more nuanced view than the existing perceptions of the development of welfare based on income development at the national and individual level.
The Dutch Golden Age Game
Het Spel van de Gouden Eeuw, (the Dutch Golden Age Game) developed under the leadership of Prof. Oscar Gelderblom and Dr Joost Jonker, is a game for tablets, smartphones and computers, with rules based on historical research.
Players take on the role of a young merchant in 17th-century Amsterdam and learn all about Amsterdam around the year 1600 in the course of the game. Accompanying lesson materials have been developed for use in economics lessons in the final years of HAVO or VWO streams (senior general secondary education and pre-university education). This material is available for teachers to freely use, reproduce and adapt to their own requirements.
The game was created with funding from the K.F. Hein Fonds, alumni from Utrecht University and The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Yes, I do!
The aim of the project ‘Ja, ik wil!’ (I do!) is to make available for scientific research demographic and social-economic data from the Amsterdam registers of notices of intent to marry (1581-1811).
Not only do the Amsterdam registers of notices of intent to marry (1581-1811) form a unique source for scientific research, but the working method is also unusual in that the project is making use of a large number of volunteers attracted through velehanden.nl (a crowdsourcing website for the cultural heritage sector).
The size of the source (almost 500,000 registrations) and the many details in each notice of intent mean these registers offer a wealth of information about early modern betrothed couples and their social environment: how old they were, where they came from, their occupation, whether their parents were still alive, etcetera.
These data are used to carry out research into possible coherence between marriage patterns, the emergence of institutions such as guilds and beguinages and the striking economic advantage of the Low Countries in the early modern period. Average life expectancy throughout the centuries is also being studied.
The project is part of the research project United We Stand.