IISH researcher Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk has been awarded a € 800.000,- grant by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
This research, entitled Industriousness in an imperial economy: Interactions of households’ work patterns, time allocation and consumption in the Netherlands and the Netherlands-Indies, 1815-1940 will analyze the development of family labour in the Netherlands and the Netherlands- Indies in the period 1815-1940. In this era the division of work between men, women and children changed notably, both in the Netherlands and the Netherlands-Indies. This research will show to what extent these developments diverged, and which influence colonial connections had on these changes in both regions.
Over the next five years, three researchers will work in this project.