Wouter Ryckbosch

Professors Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes (HOST)
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    Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
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Wouter Ryckbosch studied history at Ghent University, and completed his PhD in 2012 at the University of Antwerp on the effect of consumer change on social inequality in eighteenth-century Flanders. As a visiting scholar he stayed at the Universities of Cambridge and Utrecht, and at Bocconi University in Milan. He is an editor for the Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History (TSEG). At the Vrije Universiteit Brussel he teaches early modern history, and conducts research into different aspects of social inequality, consumer culture and property in this period.

Key publications

W. Ryckbosch, ‘Economic inequality and growth before the industrial revolution: the case of the Low Countries (14th-19th centuries)’, European Review of Economic History, 20:1 (2016), 1-22. (http://ereh.oxfordjournals.org/content/20/1/1)

G. Alfani & W. Ryckbosch, ‘Growing apart in early modern Europe? A comparison of inequality trends in Italy and the Low Countries, 1500-1800’, Explorations in Economic History (2016).  (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014498316300924)

B. Blondé & W. Ryckbosch, ‘In ‘splendid isolation’. A comparative perspective on the historiographies of the material renaissance and the consumer revolution’, History of Retailing and Consumption, 1:2 (2015), 105-124. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/2373518X.2015.1063818?journalCode=rhrc20)

Main areas of interest

Urban history (medieval – early modern)

Consumption history (medieval – early modern)

Social inequality & mobility

Globalisation in the early modern era

History of economic thought