Heidi Deneweth

Heidi Deneweth

Heidi Deneweth studied history at the University of Ghent. In 2008, she obtained her PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel with the dissertation Huizen en mensen. Wonen, verbouwen, investeren en lenen in drie Brugse wijken van de late middeleeuwen tot de negentiende eeuw (Houses and People. Living, building, investing and borrowing in three neighbourhoods of Bruges from the Late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century). She has worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the interaction between labour markets, migration and social policy (VUB, 2008) and on household finance, the composition of wealth and social mobility in early modern cities in the Low Countries (Utrecht University, 2009-2012 / VUB 2012-2013). Since 2013, she works as a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) on Entrepreneurial strategies of building contractors. The case of Antwerp 1490-1670 (2013-2016) and Risks and opportunities. The building trades in Antwerp and Brussels, 1500-1900 (2016-2019). She holds a 10% ZAP-mandate (VUB) on Urban Housing and Urban Development in a Historical Perspective and teaches the master course Urbanisation in the Early Modern Period. She is member of research team HOST (Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes) and the research groups BCUS (Brussels Center on Urban Studies) and CHsB (Brussels Research Centre for Construction Histories).

Core publications

  • H. Deneweth & P. Wallis, ‘Households, Consumption and the Development of Medical Care in the Netherlands, 1650-1900’, Journal of Social History, 49 (2016) 3, 532-557.
  • C. Van Bochove, H. Deneweth & J. Zuijderduijn, ‘Real estate and mortgage finance in England and the Low Countries, 1300-1800’, Continuity and Change, 30 (2015) 1, 9-38.
  • H. Deneweth, O. Gelderblom & J. Jonker, ‘Microfinance and the decline of poverty: evidence from the nineteenth-century Netherlands’, Journal of Economic Development, 39 (2014) 79-110.

For more publications and research, see R&D. 


Topics for bachelor's paper and master's thesis

  • Labour and business
  • Craft guilds
  • Urban development and planning
  • Urban change
  • Social housing