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'Cooperation is not a
sentiment – it is an economic
The Research Institute for History and Culture (OGC) of Utrecht University currently
offers 1 PhD-position social and economic history (about the dynamics of institutions
for collective action in pre-industrial Europe (1,0fte, starting October 2011).
Faculty of Humanities
Utrecht University is one of the largest and most prominent centers for research and
education. With almost 7,000 students and close to 900 staff, the Faculty of
Humanities offers a stimulating, dynamic working environment. Our educational and
research programs focus on language, culture, history, the arts, literature, media,
philosophy and theology, from the Ancient World to the present. Key areas are
interdisciplinary work and international cooperation, excellent quality of research and
education, and the use of new media. Research takes place in four institutes:
Research institute for History and Culture (OGC);
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS);
ZENO (Leiden-Utrecht research institute for philosophy);
Research Institute for Theology and Religious Studies (INTEGON).
The Utrecht University Graduate School of Humanities guarantees the high quality of
education for research masters and PhD students.
Research Institute for History and Culture
Over 300 researchers are employed by the Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en
Cultuur (Research Institute for History and Culture; OGC). The research of OGC is
divided into eleven groups: classical antiquity, medieval culture, cultural history, media
studies, music history, art history, (early) modern literature, Oriental studies,
international political history, socio-economic history and women's studies. Some of
this research, namely the contract research, is done on behalf of third parties.
Internationalization has a high priority within the OGC. It has exchange contracts with
a number of foreign universities including UCLA in the United States.
The PhD-position social and economic history
The PhD-student will work within the ERC-funded project '“United We Stand”. The
Dynamics and Consequences of Institutions for Collective Action in Pre-Industrial
Europe' which examines the connection between institutions for collective action,
marriage patterns and economic development in detail. The project is funded by the
European Research Council, as part of a Starting Grant awarded to project-co-
ordinator Dr. Tine De Moor.
The PhD-student involved in this subproject will be concentrating on the functioning of
institutions for collective action and their interaction with exogenous change such as
population growth, agricultural change, market integration, political pressure etc. The
PhD-student will study a number of case-studies of rural institutions for collective
action, such as commons, irrigation communities and rural guilds in order to compare
systematically how these institutions dealt with exogenous shocks and continuous
change in the above mentioned fields. Moreover, the research will focus on how these
institutions for collective action managed to deal with internal changes such as changes
in the group size, in the social-economic background of their members, in the
participation level of their members etc. The selection of cases and their geographical
location will also depend on the background of the selected candidate. This study will
be conducted in close cooperation with other members of the team, both in Utrecht
and elsewhere in Europe.
The PhD will be based at Utrecht University, and will be part of the research team led
by Dr. Tine De Moor, and will as such also be part of the Department of social and
economic history led by prof. Bas van Bavel and prof. Jan Luiten van Zanden.
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A (research) master degree in history, or in economics or another social science
with clear interest in the economic and social history of early-modern Europe.
experience in archival research;
a strong interest for relevant theory;
an outstanding record of undergraduate and Master's degree work.
Terms of employment
We offer a PhD position (1.0fte) with a one year contract beginning October 2011. After
a positive evaluation this contract can be extended to a maximum of two more years (a
total of three years maximum). PhD-students, also referred to as doctoral candidates,
are expected to take courses at the N.W. Posthumus Institute, the research school for
social and economic history. Salary will be rising from € 2,042/month (before taxes)
during the first year to € 2,492/month during the third year on a fulltime basis. We
also offer solid benefits.
Please contact the project leader dr. Tine De Moor (email: email@example.com) for further
details. Applicants can also consult the OGC-website and the website of the project:
How to apply
Applicants should send a cover letter and a curriculum vitae, information about their
undergraduate training, a transcript of academic results, an MA thesis (or written
coursework if the MA thesis is not yet available), certified copies of relevant diplomas
and the contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or email
addresses). Preferably, reference letters are included.
Applicants are required to submit a 600-word research design, in which they present
their ideas about the relevant project. Please note that applications without this 600-
word design proposal will not be included in the selection procedure! Further details
about the project can be found on the above mentioned website. Applications can be
sent to the HR department, Kromme Nieuwegracht 46, 3512 HJ Utrecht, the
Netherlands, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating the reference
number of the vacancy (163069), on the envelope and the cover letter, or in the
message and the attachments. All applications should be sent to this mail address.
Please use either pdf.-files or doc.-formats if you apply through email. The deadline for
apllications is August 22nd, 2011. We will be selecting candidates for interviews after
September 1st. Those who have not been selected will be informed after September
> To information on ERC-project