Bruno Blondé (°1964) is a Full Professor of the History Department at the University of Antwerp (Centre for Urban History and Urban Studies Institute). From 2003 to 2010 Bruno Blondé was the founder and first Director of the Centre for Urban History.
Research - His major research interests include the history of economic growth and social inequality, urbanisation, material culture and consumption of the early modern Low Countries. Blondé started his career with a research on the relationship between economic growth and social inequality in the sixteenth-century Low Countries, the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in particular. His PhD into the Brabantine urban network of the eighteenth century was awarded with several international prizes. Ever since he specialized in the history of material culture and consumption in the Low Countries (fifteenth-nineteenth centuries). He documented late early-modern material culture changes and also specialized in interconnecting debates on the ‘material renaissance’ with the late early modern consumer 'revolutions'. He also studies retail developments, changes on the secondary markets and pre-industrial consumption inequalities. Blondé co-authored and co-edited a volume on the social history of the city in the Low Countries, City and Society in the Low Countries, 1100-1800, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2018 (with Marc Boone and Anne-Laure Van Bruaene – Ghent University).
Awards - 1998: Winner of the four yearly European award for Urban History (Historical Committee Pro Civitate, the Commission Internationale pour l’Histoire des Villes and the European Association of Urban Historians); 1998:Finalist and winner of the ‘Competition for recently completed doctoral theses’ Twelfth International Economic History Congress, Madrid (International Economic History Association, 24-28 Augustus 1998); 1996:Laureate of the ‘Koninklijke Academie voor Wetenschappen, Letteren en Schone Kunsten van België’. Klasse der Letteren.
Research Policy - Bruno Blondé actively engages in Research Policy. He does so a.o. as a member of the Board of Governors of the Foundation for Scientific Research - Flanders (FWO-V) and as vice-president of the Research Council of the University of Antwerp.