Erik van der Vleuten



Erik van der Vleuten

Academic title(s)



Eindhoven University of Technology / Foundation for the History of Technology SHT


Eindhoven History Lab


The Netherlands

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Short biography

Erik van der Vleuten (1968) is Professor and Chair of History of Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology TUE, and scientific director of the Foundation for the History of Technology SHT. He studies the historical co-construction of infrastructure, societal, and environmental changes.


Erik participated in the Tensions of Europe founding meeting in 1999, and acted as network Chair in 2013-2015. He (co)directed the ToE research programs Networking Europe (1999-2005) ; The Making of Europe’s Critical Infrastructure EUROCRIT (2008-2013); and Global resources and sustainability  (2018-2021). He was part of the Making Europe author team. Since 2016 he serves on the ToE management committee, where he initiated and coordinates the ToE umbrella research program Technology & Global Societal Challenges, ca. 1800-2050.


Recent publications

This list may not be up to date. Please consult google scholar for a complete list.

Also see my personal page at the Eindhoven History Lab website.



Role in Tensions of Europe

Management Committee

Research interests

Security, Migration, Health, Mobilty, Energy, ICT, Environment, Financial Crises

Additional research interests

global resource infrastructure, entangled history, global history, historiography, socio-technical transitions, deep transitions, sustainability history