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-programs on 'Is poverty destiny?', 'Exploring long term changes in African living standards' and 'Institutional development and Modernisation and Democratisation in 19th century Dutch countryside'. For more information on our research program, contact our chairholder Prof. dr Ewout Frankema.

Current research projects

Past research projects