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Lex Heerma van Voss


  • Professor Lex Heerma van Voss
  • General director
  • Board of Management & Staff
  • Specialisations: 20th Century Social History of the Netherlands; Economic contacts in the North Sea Region in the Early Modern Period; History of Global Professions
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Professor Lex Heerma van Voss studied History at Utrecht University and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He gained his Ph.D. cum laude at Utrecht University with a thesis on the eight hour working day in the Netherlands. He was a senior research fellow at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) from 1994 until 2011. In 2010-11 he also was scientific director of Instituut Gak. Since 2000 he holds a professorship at Utrecht University, originally in the history of Labour Relations, from 2014 in the History of Social Security. In 2011-12 he headed Huygens ING’s department of Political and Institutional History.

Most important publications:

  • [met M. Rodríguez García en E. van Nederveen Meerkerk (eds)], Selling Sex in the City, Prostitution in World Cities, 1600 to the Present (Brill Publishers, Leiden, 2017)
  • [met M.H.D. van Leeuwen], ‘Giving in the Golden Age’, Continuity and Change 27 (2012) 2, 175-197
  • De doodsklok van den goeden ouden tijd. De achturendag in de jaren twintig, (Amsterdam: Stichting beheer IISG, 1994)


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Other positions

  • Professor by special appointment in the History of Social Security, Utrecht University
  • Member Executive Board, Historische Steekproef Nederland
  • Member Executive Board, Clariah
  • Member Executive Board, Nederlab
  • Chair, Committee on Archives and Special Collections, Metamorfoze
  • Member Advisory Board, European Social Science History Conference
  • Secretary ‘Stichting Professor van Winter-Fonds’