Rural and Environmental History Group


Our research is characterised by the combined application of quantitative, qualitative and comparative historical research methods. We draw theoretical inspiration from the social sciences. Archival research and data collection form a central part of research activities. We value the valorisation of research results and strive to reach out to academic as well as public audiences.

Our research focusses on long term economic growth, (in)equality, sustainability, governance, agricultural and rural development, landscape and heritage. There are ongoing research projects on ‘South-South Divergence’, ‘Global health inequality and the diffusion of sanitation since 1850’, and ‘Food, Famine, and the End of Empire in Indonesia, 1940-1950’. For more information on our research program, contact our chairholder Prof. dr Ewout Frankema.

Current research projects

Past research projects