Peter Scholliers

Professor of Social and Cultural Food Studies

Professors Social & Cultural Food Studies (FOST)
  • Current position Professor of Social and Cultural Food Studies
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of History
    Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
    Building C - Room 5.414A
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Peter Scholliers studied history at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1984 with a thesis on wages, purchasing power and the standard of living in Belgium in the inter-war period. He focuses on the history of the standard of living, labour history, wages and prices, social inequality, industrial heritage, and food. He co-edits (with Allen Grieco) Food & History, is the international editor of Food, Culture & Society, and co-editor of Appetite. He is a member of the Comité scientifique of the Institut Européen d'Histoire et des Cultures de l'Alimentation (IEHCA). 

Key publications

Scholliers, Peter (2014) Constructing New Expertise: Private and Public Initiatives for Safe Food (Brussels in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century), Medical History 58(4): 546-563.

Scholliers, Peter, and Patricia Van den Eeckhout (2013) Feeding growing cities in the 19th and 20th centuries: problems, innovations, and reputations, in: A. Murcott, W. Belasco and P. Jackson (eds.), The Handbook of Food Research, London and New York: Bloomsbury: 68-81.

Scholliers, Peter, and S. Van den Berghe (2011) Esquisse sur l'identité d'une ville: Bruxelles et sa cuisine aux XIXe et XXe siècles, in: A. Campanini, P. Scholliers and J.-P. Williot (eds) Manger en Europe. Patrimoines, échanges, identités. Bruxelles: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 183-208.

Scholliers, Peter, and Patricia Van den Eeckhout (2011) The Laboratory, the Public, and the Construction of Food Safety in Brussels (1840s-1910s), Journal of Social History, Summer: 1143-1159.

Van den Eeckhout, Patricia, and Peter Scholliers (2011) The Belgian Multiple Food Retailer Delhaize Le Lion and its clientele, 1867 - 1914, Essays in Economic and Business History 29: 87-100.