Research Centre

ECES / Erasmus Center for Economic Sociology


The Erasmus Center for Economic Sociology (ECES) aims to study economic processes from a dynamic, sociological perspective. The main focus is on the relational structures in which the behaviour of economic actors is embedded. Studying economic fields and their transformations over time allows for a better understanding of crucial economic developments. Studies carried out in this vein have concerned the rise of 'shareholder value' in the US and Europe, the spread of 'human resource management,' and the recent transformations of transnational corporations. Aside from contemporary changes, the research programme also includes the study of long-term processes such as the evolution of financial markets and financial institutions.

This dynamic and relational perspective, informed by classical as well as current economic sociology, is combined with a reflexive stance with regard to the production of knowledge. For all its dramatic consequences, the financial crisis of 2007-9 also revealed major defects in the academic knowledge and the public understanding of the economy. A more realistic approach to economic issues also implies inquiring into how economics and other forms of economic expertise function, while aiming to improve the public insight into economic processes.


Collaborative Research Centres (National)

  • Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)
  • University of Groningen
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Utrecht University

Collaborative Research Centres (International)

  • Free University Brussel
  • Stockholm University
  • University of Antwerp
  • University of Vienna
  • Vienna Institute of Demography 
  • Eruopean University Institute
  • University of Turin
  • University of Bologna
  • Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPG)
  • University of Liverpool