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Matthijs Degraeve is a postdoctoral researcher at the Departments of History (SHOC - Social History of Capitalism) and Architectural Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He has a PhD in History and a master’s degree in the Conservation of Monuments and Sites.

As of October 2022, he works as an FWO postdoctoral researcher within the project ‘Plumbing The City’, studying the historical development of urban sanitary governance, domestic water use and the plumbing trade in Brussels, London and Paris (1850-1940). In 2021, he obtained a PhD within the interdisciplinary research project ‘Building Brussels’, where he performed an urban- and business-historical study on construction enterprises and their relationship with the transforming urban space of Brussels (1830-1970). It was awarded the Best Dissertation Prize (2019-2021) at the 23rd Annual Congress of the European Business History Association.


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