Anne Winter (Director)

Anne WinterProf. Dr. Anne Winter studied history at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the London School of Economics. She obtained her PhD at the VUB in 2007 and was appointed lecturer in urban history at that same university in 2010, after carrying out research visits at Somerville College (University of Oxford), at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at the University of Salzburg. Her research focuses on social and economic problems of the early modern period and the long nineteenth century in an international comparative perspective, with a particular interest in migration, social policies, urbanization and labour conditions in the transition period 1750-1850. She was awarded the six-yearly prize I. Vanderschueren for the best PhD in the Human Sciences by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2010), and the three-yearly prize of the Flemish Scientific Foundation (VWS) for the Human Sciences (2011), awarded by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts  (2011). Since October 2012 she holds the position of Francqui Research Professor.


Core publications



  • Urban History
  • Social and Economic History from Antiquity to the Present