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Currently, CLUE+ researchers jointly lead and participate in around seventy funded research projects, both individual ones as well as consortium grants. Below you can find an overview of the largest current research projects.

Chronicling Novelty

New knowledge in the Netherlands 1500-1850
Chronicling Novelty investigates the circulation and evaluation of new knowledge, ideas and technologies among a non-specialist group of middle-class authors in the Netherlands between 1500 and 1850. Handwritten chronicles were kept to record events and phenomena that they considered important. CLUE+ supports this interdisciplinary research along with the Royal Library of the Netherlands to create a high-quality digital body of texts from this period. Read more

Awarded the NWO Vrije Competitie grant 2018-2023.

Colonial Normativity

Corruption and difference in colonial and postcolonial histories of empire and nations: an entangled history of the Netherlands and Indonesia 1870s-2010s
Is corruption truly the dark force behind empire? Has historical corruption influenced contemporary problems in previously colonised nations? And how does colonialism relate to current power dynamics in developing countries? These questions have been asked often but never systematically answered. CLUE+ researchers worked together with historians from UGM Yogyakarta to better understand the intertwining Dutch and Indonesian past and to inform current corruption debates. Read more 

Coping with Drought

An environmental history of drinking water shortages and climate adaption in the Netherlands 1550-1850
Drought resulting from human-induced climate change presents an urgent worldwide challenge. CLUE+ supports this project investigating societal resilience in coping with drinking water shortages. How did practices and values regarding provisioning and use of drinking water develop in the Netherlands in modern history between 1550 and 1850 AD? And how did this contribute to societal resilience to drought under differing environmental and social conditions? Read more

Dutch Bible Belt 

This network intends to facilitate contacts, research and education in studying the culture, history and significance of a specific group of conservative Calvinist Protestants in the Netherlands. 


The Epistemic Responsibilities of the University 

This project aims to contribute to the future of universities by revisiting and updating their uniquely important mission and responsibilities. Read more

Exploded View

Exploded View was set up in collaboration with CLUE+ to connect artists, designers, landscape architects and stakeholders with the public. The project aims to activate landscape parks for the future and focuses on Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica in Rome and Amsterdam’s Amstelpark. Participants are asked to analyse and redesign a vision for one of the two parks. The goal is to concretise the public’s shifting experience of meaning regarding the parks’ architecture and the transitioning landscape. Read more.

Awarded grants from the Mondriaan Fund for the Arts and the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund.


HERILAND is an award-winning consortium, led by CLUE+, spanning six academic organisations and 25 international business partners. It has provided 15 PhD researchers throughout Europe with advanced training on a series of societal transformation processes in subjects such as spatial planning and design, rural landscapes, sustainability, governance and migration. These are important themes within 21st century heritage management. Read more

Winner of the Marie Curie ITN award.

The impact of online battles

Use and implications of political conflict frames in a digital media environment. Read more   

International Association of Landscape Archaeology

International Association of Landscape Archaeology is an association under formation aiming at promoting interdisciplinary research in the field of landscape archaeology. Read more 

International Network Hegel's Relevance 

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Keeping up Appearances

Renovation and demolition in the urban network of Holland in the long 18th century (1670-1830)
This CLUE+ project focuses on the until now scarcely researched transformation and demolition of Dutch private real estate in the 18th century. Based on a comparative analysis of the seven most important shrinking towns in the urban network, including Leiden, Haarlem and Delft. How did these cities cope with the then prospering demolition and renovation economy? And how did their governments succeed in keeping up urban appearances in this changing landscape? Read more

Knowledge, belief and normativity 

The project investigates two related normative philosophical questions, (1) what is the value of knowledge? and (2) are human beings responsible for what they believe, and if so in what sense?
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Knowledgeable Democracy: A Social-Epistemological Inquiry

Freedom of speech, inclusiveness, free enquiry and an even balance of power are all said to contribute to a rational public discourse, which then inspires knowledge. Political debate often seems obscured by controversy, the outcomes of which sometimes lead to irrational compromises. This interdisciplinary CLUE+ project researches the discrepancy to uncover ways in which liberal consensus might shape a more knowledgeable democracy. Read more

Winner of the NWO Talent Programme Vidi award 2016-2020.

Leven en werk van Jan Lever (1922-2010) 

Mapping Slavery

Until recently, slave ownership in 19th century Western Europe went mostly unmentioned. This CLUE+ project focuses on adding a detailed history of slavery and the slave trade to the local, regional and national history of Europe. The research involves addressing and collecting relevant locations to produce new digital maps and inviting users to explore complex histories with accessible tools, in particular Google Maps and Google database programmes. Read more

Awarded grants from the Mondriaan Fund, the Dutch Culture/Netherlands Consulate in New YorkAmsterdam Museum and the Amsterdam Municipality.

The origins, growth and dissemination of Salafi Qur’an Interpretation

The role of al-Qasimi (d. 1914) in the shift from premodern to modern modes of interpretation. Read more

Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands (PAN)

CLUE+ supports PAN in documenting and publishing finds of archaeological interest, mainly those of metal, found by members of the public or stored in private collections. By publishing the collections online, the objects and their find locations are made available for heritage purposes, academic research and museums and are accessible for everyone to enjoy. Read more 

Winner of the Dutch Data Prize 2018.

Pressing Matter

Ownership, value and the question of colonial heritage in museums
As we learn more about the colonial heritage of specific objects held in Western museums, returning those objects to their historical origin is becoming an increasingly relevant debate. This award-winning CLUE+ project focuses on developing models of value and ownership to establish new forms of return that broaden current manners of heritage restitution. Pressing Matter clarifies the complex histories in which colonial objects were collected, kept and made meaningful. Read more


REVISITED is an immense research project uncovering the history of the Via Appia. This important road linked ancient Rome with Brindisium, Brindisi today, in South Italy. Using advanced geodata technology and careful documentation or archaeological remains, this interdisciplinary CLUE+ project is turning the ancient trade road to Rome into a beautiful exhibit in Valkhof museum. Witness Via Appa Antica’s historic architecture and landscape. Read more

The Social Epistemology of Argumentation 

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This award-winning CLUE+ project supports 15 PhD students from different European institutions in conducting interdisciplinary research into climate change, human-environment interaction and environmental policies in Europe. The goal of TERRANOVA is to inform policy makers and the general public how to cope with the current transition to a low-carbon society. Read more

Winner of the Marie Curie ITN award.

Unhinging the National Framework

Platform for life-writing and transnationalism
This award-winning CLUE+ project investigates the life stories of people who challenged national borders in the 20th century. The project shows how these stories add new perspectives to the entangled histories of World War I, World War II, decolonisation, the Third World Project and the Cold War. The project demonstrates how people’s life stories may work as instruments to better understand our historical and current relationship with nationalism and colonial determinism. Read more

Unhinging the National Framework was published in book form via CLUES, a CLUE+ publication.