Henk Wals

Dr. Henk Wals (1954) studied economic and social history at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Universiteit van Amsterdam. After having worked in the corporate sector for 10 years, in 1982 he accepted a position with the IISG-KNAW, where he has been deputy director from 1993 until 2005. Wals was awarded his doctorate in 2000 for his book on the survival strategies of Amsterdam labourers in the first quarter of the 20th century. In 2004 he was asked by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) to become part-time director of the Huygens Institute for a two-year period to work with the Institute’s staff to develop a new research program. Starting January 1th 2006 Wals was appointed as a full- timedirector on a permanent basis. His main research interest is the history of knowledge. Dr. Wals is currently working on a project which aims to study the accumulation of knowledge in a long-term perspective. Henk Wals has served asa board member of the National Dutch Trade Union Museum, the Henri Polak Foundation, the Royal Dutch Historical Association, Aksant Publishers and the Dutch Association for History and Computing. He has also served as an interim-directeur of the Dutch Press Museum, the National Dutch Trade Union Museum and the Dutch Museum of Advertising. At the moment he isboard memberof theInternational Congress of Historical Sciences 2010 Foundation, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Virtual Knowledge Studio of the KNAW and chairman of theproject committeefor the series W.F. Hermans, Complete Works.


- ‘Een onbatig slot. Het belang van de economische factor in de dekolonialisatie van Nederlands Indië’, in: Skript Vol. 9, no. 3 (1987), pp. 183-192 [with David Bazen en Emiel Schäfer].

- ‘Stakingen in Nederland tussen 1901 en 1938. Economische factoren en de rol van de vakbeweging’, in: Tijdschrift voor Sociale Geschiedenis Vol 17, no 2 (1991), pp. 197-226.

- Makers en Stakers. Amsterdamse bouwvakarbeiders en hun bestaansstrategieën in het eerste kwart van de twintigste eeuw, (Amsterdam 2001).

- ‘The Trade Union as Survival Strategy. The Case of Amsterdam Construction Workers in the First Quarter of the Twentieth Century’, in: Jan Kok (ed.), Rebellious families. Household strategies and collective action in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Oxford, 2002), pp. 140-165.

- [with: Jan Kok and Kees Mandemakers], ‘Toen scharrelde ze met haar hele zoodje naar een derde-achterkamer’. Verhuizen als bestaansstrategie, Amsterdam 1890-1940′, Tijdschrift voor Sociale Geschiedenis, vol. 29, no 3 (2003), 333-360.

- ‘Nieuw licht op de arbeider. Verschuivende perspectieven op de geschiedenis van arbeid, arbeiders en vakbeweging’, Spiegel Historiael, vol 38, no 5 (2003), 214-219.

- [with: Jan Kok and Kees Mandemakers], ‘City Nomads. Changing Residence as a Coping Strategy, Amsterdam, 1890-1940, in: Social Science History, vol. 29, no 1 (2005), 15-43.