Dr. Peter van Dam is a Senior Lecturer in history at the University of Amsterdam and the academic director of the Research Master in History. His research explores how citizens have translated their concerns into initiatives to shape their societies. He has been particularly interested in the intersection between religion and civil society. In recent years, he has pursued critiques of the global market and development activism in research on the fair trade movement. His current project focuses on the impact of civil society on the development of consumer society and promoting sustainable consumption.
He coordinates the research group 'Environment & Society: contestation & governance', which explores how we have thought about the relations between humans and nature, and how people campaigned and negotiated around environmental issues and climate change.
- Wereldverbeteraars: een geschiedenis van fair trade (Amsterdam 2018)
- “In search of the citizen-consumer: fair trade activism in the Netherlands since the 1960s.” BMGN – Low Countries Review 132 (2017) 3, 139-166
- “Constructing a modern society trough ‘depillarization’. Understanding post-war history as gradual change.” Journal of Historical Sociology 28-3 (2015): 291-313
- Religion als Zündstoff. Gesellschaftliches und politisches Engagement in den Niederlanden seit 1945, edited by Peter van Dam and Friso Wielenga. Münster: Waxmann 2013
- "Vervlochten geschiedenis. Hoe histoire croisée de natiestaat bedwingt." Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 125 (2012) 1, 97-109
- Staat van verzuiling. Over een Nederlandse mythe (Amsterdam 2011)
- Religion und Zivilgesellschaft. Christliche Traditionen in der niederländischen und deutschen Arbeiterbewegung (Münster 2010)
(See 'Publications' for a complete overview of published work)
Research and Education
- Transnational civil society
- Consumer society and sustainable consumption
- Religion in Western Europe since 1789
- Theory and methods of history