Daniëlle De Vooght

Department of History (HIST)

Daniëlle De Vooght graduated from the History Department at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2001. As of January 2002, she is a research worker at that same department. She started by conducting research for the research project "(Un) sustainability developments of product systems, 1800-2000", an interdisciplinary project in cooperation with Vito (Flemish Institute for Technological Research) and commissioned by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office. The main objective of this research project was to gain insight in all three dimensions (economic, social and environmental) of sustainability on a micro level over the past two centuries. Therefore, four 'basic needs' were investigated: drinking water, bread, heated living space and transportation of people over land.
In May 2005, she started a Ph.D. thesis on food habits of the aristocracy, more particular on food culture at the nineteenth century royal court of Leopold II of Belgium. This research is part of a broader research project that will explore Belgian (European) culture and identities in the 19th and 20th centuries. The research was finished in April 2010.