Recommended Urban History Institutions & Organizations



Centre for Urban History  (Leicester)
The Centre for Urban History was established in 1985 and has become a major, international centre for interdisciplinary research and graduate teaching. Current staff interests include environmental urban history, urban topography from 1700, colonial urban history, urban governance, the production of urban history from the 18th century, oral history, the law and urban property, the history of urban planning, housing and the built environment since 1750, 19th-century provincial towns and their imperial connections, domestic life and leisure, and industrial towns. CUH staff have published 15 books and over 70 articles and chapters in the last five years.

Centre for Urban History  (Antwerp)
The Centre for Urban History, founded in 2003, promotes the integrated study of urban culture, economics, religion, society, politics and institutions from the Middle Ages to the present day. With currently more than 45 staff members, post docs and PhD students, the research programmes of the Centre primarily focus on the history of everyday culture, folklore and religion, the culture of urban elites, art, books, cultural production and consumption, and the study of urban networks, urban economies and transportation history.

The Center for Metropolitan Studies (Berlin)
Since 2004 the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Technische Universität Berlin has brought together both young and experienced researchers to study the historical developments and current problems of the metropolis. The Center currently focuses on the topics of metropolis and mobility, suburbanization and urban renewal, cultural economies and cultural innovation processes. We view current problems such as security in cities, segregation and polarization from a historical perspective to uncover possible solutions for the present.

Amsterdam Centre for Urban History
The Amsterdam Centre for Urban History (established in 2013) represents the largest research group in the Netherlands for the study of urban history. With about 35 established scholars and PhD candidates specialised in the field, we explore the history of urban societies from a long-term and broad geographic perspective: from Antiquity to the modern era, from Europe to Africa and the Middle East.

Institute of Urban History (Stockholm)
The Institute of Urban History was founded in 1919 as a section of the Confederation of Swedish Towns. The contacts between the institute and the academic world were close from the very beginning and grew successively stronger. In 1953 a chair designed for urban history was established in Stockholm, and the Professor of Urban History was to hold the position as director of the institute. Today, the institute is part of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities but localized to the Department of History at Stockholm University. The association, the university and the City of Stockholm are each financing one third of the chair in urban history.

Danish Centre for Urban History (Aarhus)
The Danish Centre for Urban History was founded in 2001 by The Institute of History and Area Studies, University of Aarhus, and Den Gamle By, national open-air museum of urban history, Aarhus. The research field of the centre is the history of Danish towns from the Middle Age until today, but the focus is on the period after 1600. The Centre is the sole historical institution in Denmark that research urban matters in a comparative and historical perspective.

Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte (Münster)
Since 1970 the Institute for Comparative Urban History promotes interdisciplinary research to the history of towns and urban societies, especially by publishing atlasses, editing written and visual sources and publishing bibliographies.

Centre for Urban History of East Central Europe (Lviv)
The Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, founded in 2004, encourages the research into the urban history of East Central Europe.

The Centre for Metropolitan History (London)
The Centre for Metropolitan History, established in 1988, is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of the history of London and other metropolises. It specialises in innovative research projects, covering a wide range of periods, themes and problems in metropolitan history, publishing the results and data online and in print. The Centre runs a seminar, and organises workshops and conferences on many different topics in metropolitan and urban history.

Urban Morphology Research Group
Founded in 1974, the Urban Morphology Research Group, in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, is the major centre in the United Kingdom for the study of the geographical aspects of urban form. The Group seeks to advance knowledge of urban areas through the study of their history and the agents and ideas involved in their creation and transformation.



Urban History Group (United Kingdom, since 1963)

Werkgroep Stedengeschiedenis (The Netherlands, since 1974)

Société Française d’Histoire Urbaine (France, since 1998)

Gesellschaft für Stadtgeschichte und Urbanisierungsforschung (Germany, since 2000)

Associazione Italiana di Storia Urbana (Italy, 2001)

Ceska spolecnost pro urbanni studia (Czech Republic, 2010)

Suomen Kaupunkitutkimuksen seura (Finland, since 1999)

Australasian Urban History / Planning History Group (Australia and New Zealand, since 1993)



H-Urban is a moderated, multi-disciplinary forum for discussion and dissemination of scholarship on urban history and urban studies. As a member of H-NET (Humanities and Social Sciences OnLine), H-Urban has no geographical or chronological boundaries. H-URBAN welcomes the involvement of scholars, professionals, and graduate students who are interested in urban places and processes across the globe and in all eras.


Since the launch of Horizon 2020 last December, many scholars working in the field of urban history face two challenges: 1. to identify promising ‘work programmes’  well suited for an urban history approach and 2. to identify potential partners for applications, as most applications require consortia of at least three partners. On the Lisbon conference of 2014, the international committee of the EAUH organised an additional session to share useful (formal and informal) knowledge about the procedures, and to offer a platform where colleagues could present posters on their research institutions and express their interest in specific themes.

EAUH Presentation on Horizon 2020 – Gabor Sonkoly

EAUH Posters Networking Session 4-9-2014. part I

EAUH Posters Networking Session 4-9-2014. part II

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