Jan Luiten van Zanden

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials J.L.
Main position Hoogleraar UU
Disciplines History and philosophy of the social sciences
Chair Geschiedenis na de middeleeuwen, i.h.b. die van de maatschappelijke verhoudingen
Domain Humanities
Membership Member
Since 1997
Member of Advisory committee Planetary Health
Member of Humanities
Employed by Universiteit Utrecht
Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis
Drift 6
3512 BS Utrecht
tel.  030 253 6458

The goal of Jan Luiten van Zanden’s research is to reconstruct and explain long-term trajectories in the world economy, to better understand the deep historical roots of current day societal issues. 

His research addresses global issues, such as inequality, poverty and sustainability. Initially my research agenda was focused on poverty and inequality in the world economy. More recently, the issue of gender inequality and its consequences for economic development has been central. This is also linked to the ‘beyond GDP’ debate, in which it is argued that well-being – the ‘true’ goal of development – is much broader than real income, and that we should developed broader measures of well-being to chart the ‘performance’ of countries. 

His current interest also lies in sustainability and environmental topics, such as the long term evolution of biodiversity.