Born Turnhout, Belgium, 1959. Lives in Deurne, Antwerp.
PhD Ghent University, Belgium, 1989
Full Professor Economic and Social History and World History, History Department, Ghent University, Belgium
Head of UGent Research Group Communities, Comparisons, Connections
Steering member of the Ghent Center for Global Studies: http://www.globalstudies.ugent.be
Elected Member of the Academia Europaea
Vice-President of ENIUGH / European Network in Universal and Global History
Co-organizer (with Ulbe Bosma IISH and Sven Beckert Harvard) of the Commodity Frontier Initiative
Visiting Research Fellow Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems and Civilizations, State University of New York at Binghamton, U.S.A. 1991 (Fullbright Grantee)
Research Fellow Universiteit van Utrecht, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Nederland. Project Uitwisseling van Onderzoekers 'Familiale arbeids- en inkomensstrategieën en de herstructurering van de arbeidsmarkt in de 19de en de 20ste eeuw. Uitwerking van een comparatief onderzoeksmodel'. 1996-1997 (VNC- project)
Fellow-in-Residence NIAS - Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Nederland, project 'An economic and social history of the last European subsistence crisis, 1845-1850. A Flemish and a comparative perspective'. 2004-2005
P.P. Rubens Chair, University of California at Berkeley, VS. Queen Beatrix Chair of Dutch language, literature and culture Berkeley. Visiting Professor History Department, assigned to teach Seminar History 100 'Food and Famine. The historical roots of the global food crisis’. Fall Semester 2008.
Universitätsprofessor für Globalgeschichte der frühen Neuzeit, Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Vienna University (Austria), Fall Semester 2011-2012.
Visiting Professor Global History, Institute for Social Economy and Culture, Peking University, 2010-2013
Visiting Fellow Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard University, Fall Semester 2014-2015.
Fellow and Guest of the Director at Re:Work - Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History, Humboldt University, Spring Semester 2014-2015.
Eric Vanhaute (° 1959) is Professor Economic History and World History at the History Department, Ghent University, co-chair of the research group ECC – Economies-Comparisons-Connections at Ghent University, and steering member of the Ghent Center for Global Studies. He is member of the FWO-Expert Panel History and Archeology, member of the board of the International Research Community CORN: Comparative Rural History, member of the Steering Committee of the European Network for Universal and Global History (ENIUGH), and co-organizer of the 25th World History Association in Ghent 2016.Since 2014 Eric Vanhaute is elected member of the Academia Europaea. He has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Fernand Braudel Center Binghamton University, Utrecht University and Humboldt University (Re:Work), Fellow-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences and at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, The Institute of Economic and Social History at The University of Vienna and The Institute for Social Economy and Culture at Peking University. His previous works include books and articles on agrarian and rural history, the history of labor markets and social inequality, and global history (such as World History. An Introduction, Routledge, 2013, and Peasants in World History, Routledge, forthcoming). Eric Vanhaute has supervised fifteen doctoral researchers and is currently promoter of fourteen PhD projects. He coordinates the long standing collaborative research projects 'HISSTAT. Development of a central database of local and regional historical statistics of the 19th and 20th centuries' and 'Peasantries in world history. A comparative and global analysis'. He is co-director of the interdisciplinary research project (GOA - Concerted Research Action Ghent University) ‘Economic growth and inequality. Explaining divergent regional growth paths in pre-industrial Europe (Late Middle Ages-19th century)’ (2015-2019), and he is co-organizer (with Ulbe Bosma IISH and Sven Beckert Harvard) of the Commodity Frontier Initiative, an international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral network of researchers on the comparative and global history of commodity frontiers, sustainability and inequality.
Eric Vanhaute, Hanne Cottyn, Yang Wang, "Peasantries", forthcoming in Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd edition, 2016.
Daniel Curtis, Jessica Dijkman, Thijs Lambrecht, Eric Vanhaute, “Famines in the Northern and Southern Netherlands, fourteenth to nineteenth centuries”, in G. Alfani and C. Ó Gráda (eds.), Famine in Europe: A History, forthcoming (2016, CPU).