OVER DE ORGANISATIE
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.
The Economic & Social History group consists of around 40 permanent and temporary staff, and aims at sustaining a collegial work enviroment. Our research and teaching aims at a better understanding of long-term developments in economy and society. We analyse (long-term) historical change, including fundamental transitions or crises, by making comparisons between different world regions, and between social groups. Thus we study processes of growing (in)equality between and within societies. Besides, we attempt to draw lessons from how past societies coped with crises and external shocks, analysing successes and failures of specific institutions. We aim to provide question-driven teaching and help students learn how to think critically.