English name: Research group Economy, Ecology, Demography|
Parent institute: Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte; Vakgroep Geschiedenis (UGent), more
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35 UFO
|The research group Economy, Ecology and Demography (EED) of Ghent University was founded in 1995. The group studies a large number of different aspects relating to economic, ecological and demographic history. Starting with a socio-economical approach, this research unit covers sub-areas closely linked to the study of demographic structures, material culture, agrarian technologies and changes in ecology and landscape.
The group focuses on the following marine topics:
- Historic geography of coastal landscapes;
- History of the social environment in coastal landscapes of Belgium and the Netherlands;
- Demographic history in coastal areas (such as malaria in the Flemish coastal area);
- History of maritime relationships in the development of a global economy;
- The study of maritime migration during the period 1882-1938.
From now on, the group will focus even more than before on the historic landscape and environment of the coastal area and the hinterland, in which social factors play an important role.
In the academic year 2011-2012, the Francqui-Leerstoel was assigned to Prof. dr. Erik Thoen. EED is part of the international interuniversity research group CORN (Comparative Rural History of the North Sea Area) and collaborates intensively with the Interfaculty Centre for Agrarian History (KU Leuven University), the Centre for Urban History (University of Antwerp), the Research Institute for History and Culture (University of Utrecht) and the Institute of Early Modern History (Ghent University).