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Daniëlle Teeuwen (1985) works as a lecturer and education coordinator at the Rural and Environmental History chairgroup. She teaches courses on European history, international development studies, globalization and migration. She wrote her PhD thesis on the financing of early modern Dutch poor relief through charitable collections. Her postdoc research dealt with women's and children's labour in the Netherlands East Indies (1815-1940). (

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Industriousness in an imperial economy

Interactions of households? work patterns, time allocation and consumption in the Netherlands and the Netherlands-Indies, 1815-1940

This NWO-funded Vidi-project aims to explain changes in women’s and children’s work patterns and time allocation in the metropole and in the colony from the perspective that examines reciprocal effects of imperial interactions. Recent scholarship suggests that it is fruitful to look at colonialism’s internal dynamics concerning labour relations. Most likely, enhanced imperial connections greatly affected the work patterns of households, both in the metropole and the colony. This project will investigate to what extent, and how, mutual influences led to changes in household work patterns and time allocation in the Netherlands and the Netherlands-Indies, by using the approach of ‘entangled histories’ or histoire croisée.

The project team consists of Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (project leader), Corinne Boter (PhD-student) and Daniëlle Teeuwen (Post doc). Firstly, the three researchers will establish and explain developments in household work patterns in both regions respectively, by combining local budget studies with available national data on labour force participation. The relationship between work patterns, consumption and economic development will receive particular attention. Secondly, comparisons and connections will be explored between developments in the Netherlands and the Netherlands-Indies. Apart from economic factors, crucial ideological changesregarding work discipline of various household members – notably women and children - in both parts of the empire will be studied. Finally, it will be established to what degree developments in metropole and colony affected each other. Direct interactions as well as more indirect effects will be exposed, by looking at changing consumption patterns and changing institutions, such as colonial rule and social policy.

The project will contribute to our understanding of labour relations and persisting inequalities worldwide. More specifically, will give insight into the intriguing question why in the Netherlands, women’s and children’s labour force participation declined much faster than elsewhere in Europe, while simultaneously intensifying in the Netherlands-Indies. This will result in major advancements in the fields of economic and labour history, as well as global history and New Imperial History.


RHI-10506 Introduction to International Development Studies (BA Int. Dev. Studies); Social Science Group, Wageningen University;

Introduction into the key themes of international development studies, confronting the major theoretical approaches to real-world developments. The course analyses global development themes from a historical perspective.


RHI-11306 Societal Transitions in Historical Perspective (BA Health and Society; BA Communication Sciences); Social Science Group, Wageningen University;

This course gives an overview of historical developments in Western societies from 1750 onwards, in order to provide insight into long term economic, demographic, social, political, cultural and spatial transitions. It trains students to interpret contemporary problems from a historical perspective.


SCH-21306 Demography and Global Population Issues (BA Health and Society); Social Science Group, Wageningen University;

Many of the most pressing contemporary social and economic issues (like poverty, unemployment, slums, environmental degradation) are narrowly linked with demographic processes (population growth or decline, migration, epidemics) and the functioning of the family. These demographic processes diverge widely across the globe. This course addresses issues as mortality, fertility and population aging, and studies them in a global and dynamic perspective.

  • RHI-10506 - Introduction to International Development Studies
  • RHI-11306 - Societal Transitions in Historical Perspective
  • RHI-20306 - Globalization in Historical Perspective
  • RHI-50401 - Capita Selecta History
  • RHI-50403 - Capita Selecta History
  • RHI-50404 - Capita Selecta History
  • RHI-50406 - Capita Selecta History
  • RHI-70424 - MSc Internship Rural and Environmental History
  • RHI-79324 - MSc Research Practice Rural and Environmental History
  • RHI-80424 - MSc Thesis Rural and Environmental History
  • RHI-80436 - MSc Thesis Rural and Environmental History
  • YSS-10906 - Analysis of a Problem Situation
  • YSS-83312 - BSc Thesis Economics of Development
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