Environmental History is always social history. My research is focused on moments of crisis and friction in the relationship between society and nature. Why are some people vulnerable and others not? This question is guiding my research on storm surges, floods, pandemics and food shortages in history. As member of AIPRIL - Antwerp Interdisciplinary Platform for Research into Inequality - I am coordinating EPIBEL - Epidemics and Inequality in Belgium from the Plague to COVID-19 (www.epibel.be) and Food from Somewhere on urban farming and alternative food entitlements in the later Middle Ages