Centre for Modern Urban Studies

The Centre for Modern Urban Studies (MUS) is a multidisciplinary research institute that investigates historic and current changes in large cities. Those changes that are socio-cultural, economical, legal or technological are interwoven in a complex way.

A comparative and multidisciplinary approach

The issues that large cities have to deal with nowadays, migration, social cohesion, restructuring, socio-economic differences, the development of a knowledge economy and internationalisation, require a scientific approach that combines insights from different disciplines.

The Centre for Modern Urban Studies of Leiden University, based at Faculty Campus The Hague, therefore analyses developments in The Hague, and more recently also in other Dutch cities, from a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective. Especially historical and social scientific analyses are used. One can understand current city developments better and refine them when they are related to historical developments while sociological analyses provide insights in residents’ and administrators’ reactions to major economic and demographic changes.


The Centre for Modern Urban Studies aims to develop into a research and knowledge institute that collaborates with academic partners to analyse urban developments and to disseminate this knowledge by academic and non-specialist lectures and publications. Special attention is given to the provision of practical knowledge to local organisations such as city councils, social housing corporations, museums and archives.


Two fellow workers from the Institute for History are involved in the Centre for Modern Urban Studies:

Prof. dr. Leo Lucassen

Prof. dr. Wim Willems

More information

Please visit the website of the Centre for Modern Urban Studies for more information.

Last Modified: 17-03-2015