Heidi Deneweth

Postdoctoral Researcher in early modern urban history – urban development and construction history

Senior researchers Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes (HOST) History
  • Current position Postdoctoral Researcher in early modern urban history – urban development and construction history
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of History
    Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
    Building C – Room 5.454
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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  • Website research.vub.ac.be

Heidi Deneweth studied history at the University of Ghent. In 2008, she obtained her PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel with the dissertation Huizen en mensen. Wonen, verbouwen, investeren en lenen in drie Brugse wijken van de late middeleeuwen tot de negentiende eeuw (Houses and People. Living, building, investing and borrowing in three neighbourhoods of Bruges from the Late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century). She has worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the interaction between labour markets, migration and social policy (VUB, 2008) and on household finance, the composition of wealth and social mobility in early modern cities in the Low Countries (Utrecht University, 2009-2012 / VUB 2012-2013). Since 2013, she works as a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) on Entrepreneurial strategies of building contractors. The case of Antwerp 1490-1670 (2013-2016) and Risks and opportunities. The building trades in Antwerp and Brussels, 1500-1900 (2016-2019). She holds a 10% ZAP-mandate (VUB) on Urban Housing and Urban Development in a Historical Perspective and teaches the master course Urbanisation in the Early Modern Period. She is member of research team HOST (Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes) and the research groups BCUS (Brussels Center on Urban Studies) and CHsB (Brussels Research Centre for Construction Histories).

Key publications

  • H. Deneweth & P. Wallis, ‘Households, Consumption and the Development of Medical Care in the Netherlands, 1650-1900’, Journal of Social History, 49 (2016) 3, 532-557.
  • I. Bertels, H. Deneweth, B. Horemans and S. Van De Voorde, 'Pour une historiographie de l'entrepreneur du bâtiment (1400-2000)', in: F. Fleury e.a. (eds.), Les temps de la construction. Processus, acteurs, matériaux. Recueil de textes issus du Deuxième Congres Francophone d'Histoire de la Construction, Lyon, 29, 30 et 31 janvier 2014 (Paris: Picard, 2016).
  • C. Van Bochove, H. Deneweth & J. Zuijderduijn, ‘Real estate and mortgage finance in England and the Low Countries, 1300-1800’, Continuity and Change, 30 (2015) 1, 9-38.
  • H. Deneweth, O. Gelderblom & J. Jonker, ‘Microfinance and the decline of poverty: evidence from the nineteenth-century Netherlands’, Journal of Economic Development, 39 (2014) 79-110.
  • Heidi Deneweth (2011) A fine balance. Household finance and financial strategies of Antwerp Households, 17th-18th century, The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History (TSEG) 8(4): 15-43.

Previous education

2008: PhD in History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

1983: Licentiate in History, Ghent University, Belgium

1981: Candidate in History, Ghent University, Belgium

Previous positions

2013-2016: postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), HOST, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

2012-2013: postdoctoral researcher, HOST, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

2009-2012: postdoctoral researcher, Research Institute for History and Art History, Utrecht University, the Netherlands