Bavel, Bas J. P. van, The Invisible Hand? How Market Economies Have Emerged And Declined Since AD 500 (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Bavel, Bas J. P. van, Erik Ansink, and Bram van Besouw, Understanding the economics of limited access orders: incentives, organizations and the chronology of developments, Institutional Economics, early view (September 2016).

Bavel, Bas J. P. van, and Daniel R. Curtis, Better understanding disasters by better using history: Systematically using the historical record as one way to advance research into disasters, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 34.1 (2016) 143169.

Curtis, Daniel R., Coping with crisis: The resilience and vulnerability of pre-industrial settlements, rural worlds: Economic, social and cultural histories of agricultures and rural societies (Ashgate, 2014).

Bavel, Bas J. P. van, and Erik Thoen, Rural history and the environment: A survey of the relationship between property rights, social structures and sustainability of land use,  In: Bas J. P. van Bavel and Erik Thoen (eds.), Rural societies and environments at risk: Ecology, property rights and social organisation in fragile areas (Middle Ages-Twentieth Century) (Turnhout, 2013) 1542.


Curtis, Daniel R., Jessica Dijkman, Eric Vanhaute, and Thijs Lambrecht, Famines in the Low Countries, fourteenth to nineteeth centuries, In: Guido Alfani & Cormac Ó Gráda (eds.), Premodern famine in Europe, fourteenth to nineteenth centuries (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Dijkman, Jessica, Grain markets and dearth policy: Market regulation in three regions in northwestern Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Working paper presented at the XVIIth World Economic History Congress, Session: ‘Feudalism and the market: Explaining economic growth in the Middle Ages’ (Kyoto, 7 August 2015).

Dijkman, Jessica, The poor and the Holy Spirit: Poor relief and the mitigation of food crises in the countryside of Holland, 16th-17th centuries, Working paper presented at Economic and Social History Seminar, (Utrecht, 26 March 2015).


Curtis, Daniel R., Danger and displacement in the Dollard: The 1509 flooding of the Dollard Sea (Groningen) and its impact on long-term inequality in the distribution of property’, Environment and History 21.4 (2016) 103–135.

Soens, Tim, and Pieter de Graef, Polder mania or marsh fever? Risk and risk management in early modern drainage projects: the case of the Kallo polder, Flanders, 1649-1662,
Agricultural History Review 62.2 (2014) 231255.

Soens, Tim, Dries Tys, Erik Thoen, Landscape transformation and social change in the North Sea Polders, the example of Flanders (1000-1800 AD), Siedlungsforschung: Archäologie, Geschichte, Geographie 31 (2014) 133160.

Soens, Tim, Flood security in the Medieval and Early Modern North Sea area: A question of entitlement?, Environment and History 19 (2013) 209232.

Soens, Tim, The social distribution of land and flood risk along the North Sea Coast: Flanders, Holland and Romney Marsh compared (c. 1200-1750),  In: Bas J. P. van Bavel and Erik Thoen (eds.), Rural societies and environments at risk: Ecology, property rights and social organisation in fragile areas (Middle Ages-Twentieth Century) (Turnhout, 2013) 141173.


Curtis, Daniel R., Was Plague an Exclusively Urban Phenomenon? Plague Mortality in the Seventeenth-Century Low Countries, Interdisciplinary History 47.2 (2016) 139–170.

Curtis, Daniel R., What kind of horseman? Plague and urbanization in the Low Countries, 17th Century, Working paper presented at N.W. Posthumus Conference, Brussels (11 June 2015).

Soil Erosion

Curtis, Daniel R., Did the commons make medieval and early modern rural societies more equitable? A survey of evidence from across Western Europe, 1300-1800, Agrarian Change 16.4 (2016) 646–664.

De Keyzer, Maïka, All we are is dust in the wind: The social causes of a “subculture of coping” in the late medieval coversand belt, History of Environment and Society 1 (2016) 1-35.

De Keyzer, Maïka, The common denominator: The survival of the commons in the late Medieval Campine Area, Dissertation for the degree of doctor in History at the University of Antwerp, in print (2017).


Bavel, Bas J. P. van, and Auke Rijpma, How important were formalized charity and social spending before the rise of the welfare state? A long-run analysis of selected western European cases, 1400–1850, Economic History Review 69.1 (2015) 159–187.

Van Onacker Eline, and Masure Hadewijch, Unity in diversity: Rural poor relief in the sixteenth-century Southern Low Countries, Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis 12.4 (2015) 59–88.