Dr. L.J. (Jeroen) Touwen

Position:
  • Lecturer
  • Scientific Director N.W. Posthumus Institute


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2720
E-Mail: l.j.touwen@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Economische en Sociale geschiedenis
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.01b
Personal Homepage: www.hum.leiden.edu/​history/​touwen.jsp


Spreekuur / Hours

Na afspraak / by appointment

Curriculum vitae

Jeroen Touwen specializes in Economic and Social History. Since 2002, he developed a research interest in the Dutch economy in the 20th Century, with an emphasis on the political economy. He focuses on the comparative characteristics of Dutch capitalism, examining labour relations, employer viewpoints, welfare state development, and economic government policy. In the meantime he taught various survey courses on international political economy, reviewing globalization, global governance, exchange rate regimes, and structural economic change. His research resulted in various articles in refereed journals and a monograph titled Coordination in Transition. The Netherlands and the world economy, 1950–2010 (Leiden: Brill, 2014).

Since 2010 he is Scientific Director of the N.W. Posthumus Institute, the international interuniversity research school for economic and social history, which forms a platform for the coordination of research initiatives and organizes the PhD training in economic and social history in the Netherlands and Flanders.

Touwen wrote his PhD thesis between 1994 and 1997 on the economic development in colonial Indonesia, analyzing foreign and interregional trade and examining growth effects among the various ethnic groups in the Outer Islands between 1870 and 1942. This thesis is published as Extremes in the Archipelago. Trade and economic development in the Outer Islands of Indonesia, 1900-1942 (Leiden: KITLV Press, 2001). He also published a book with statistics on trade in the Java Sea, titled Shipping and Trade in the Java region, 1870-1940. A collection of statistics on the major Java Sea ports (Semarang: Undip Press, 2000 / Leiden: KITLV Press, 2001).

Earlier, he worked for several years at the Netherlands Historical Data Archive (currently DANS), developing ways to archive, document, and retrieve historical data sets for secondary analysis (1989-1994). In 1990-91 he spent a year as a visiting fellow at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) studying the Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank and preparing the N.W. Posthumus price data for electronic retrieval.

Touwen studied at Leiden University (M.A. and Ph.D.) and one year at The College of Wooster (OH).

Fields of interest & teaching

  • Economic and social history of the Netherlands in the 20th Century in a comparative perspective
  • Labour relations and development of the welfare state in the postwar period
  • Skill formation in the coordinated market economy
  • Varieties of Capitalism and institutional change
  • The (economic) history of Indonesia, in particular during the late colonial period and the 1950s
  • History of the world economy in the 20th Century, in particular post-war globalisation and international economic relations since Bretton Woods

Books

Coordination in Transition. The Netherlands and the world economy, 1950–2010 (Leiden: Brill, 2014)


Extremes in the Archipelago. Trade and economic development in the Outer Islands of Indonesia, 1900-1942 (Leiden: KITLV Press, 2001).


Shipping and Trade in the Java region, 1870-1940. A collection of statistics on the major Java Sea ports (Semarang: Undip Press, 2000 / Leiden: KITLV Press, 2001)


Last Modified: 10-12-2015