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Bart Lambert is an Associate Professor of Late Medieval History and the director of the SHOC research group at the VUB. He studied medieval history at Ghent University, where he completed his PhD in 2011. Before joining the VUB in 2018, Bart worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of York (2012-14 and 2016-18) and as a lecturer at Durham University (2014-16). He held the Van Dyck Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2021-22 and the Belgian Chair at the University of London, Birkbeck College in 2019-20. He was also a visiting researcher at the Università degli Studi di Firenze in 2022-23 and the Università degli Studi di Genova in 2007-08.

Research interests

Bart is a specialist of the urban, economic and social history of the later Middle Ages and is particularly interested in the role of the Low Countries in transnational processes of commercialisation, migration and mobility. He is the author of The City, the Duke and their Banker: The Rapondi Family and the Formation of the Burgundian State (Brepols, 2006), of Immigrant England, 1300-1550 (with W. Mark Ormrod and Jonathan Mackman, Manchester University Press, 2019) and of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Bart is the PI of two current research projects. The first, Make-Up of the City, integrates historical, archaeological, scientific and medical approaches to develop new insights into the origins, composition, health and wellbeing of urban societies in the pre-modern Low Countries (funded by the VUB Research Council, 2019-24). The second, Managing Markets, compares the role of institutions in the organisation of international trade in seven principalities of the Burgundian and Habsburg Low Countries (funded by the Research Foundation Flanders, 2020-23).


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