Leo Lucassen appointed Research Director at IISH

31 March 2014

Professor Leo Lucassen will succeed Marcel van der Linden as Research Director of the International Institute of Social History (IISH) starting 1 September 2014.

Leo Lucassen is currently Professor of Social and Economic History at Leiden University and the Scientific Director of the Institute for History at the same university. After his move to the IISH, he will continue to work one day a week as a professor at Leiden University.

IISH Director Henk Wals has welcomed the arrival of Lucassen. ‘Leo Lucassen is one of the leading social historians of the Netherlands and he ranks among the world’s best in the field of migration history. He is known as a team builder and he will be able to take the research department to new heights. Our international research programme can now be expanded significantly. We have agreed that we will invest more in it in the years to come.'

The IISH conducts advanced research on the global history of work and labour relations. Under the guidance of Marcel van der Linden, the research programme Global Labour History acquired worldwide fame among social historians. An international evaluation committee of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) concluded in 2011 that the research department performed ‘world-class research’ and that the research programme was ‘paradigm-shifting’.

Marcel van der Linden has resigned voluntarily as Research Director. He will continue working at the IISH and devote his time entirely to research and publishing.



Work and labour relations deeply influence how we live. The International Institute of Social History (IISH) examines how these relations develop globally over time. To conduct this historical research and support other researchers, we collect archives and data from all over the world. Established in 1935, the IISH is one of the world's leading research institutes on social history.
Since 1979 the IISH has been an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The collections, some of which concern politically sensitive materials, are the property of or have been issued on standing loan to the independent IISH Foundation.