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Henk Looijesteijn (1973) studied early modern history at the University of Amsterdam. He worked as Assistant-Researcher on several projects at the Netherlands Economic-Historical Archive and the International Institute of Social History between 1998 and 2002, such as the project 'Risk, risk avoidance and insurance arrangements in the Netherlands since 1500', the History of Work website and the virtual exhibition 'Ondernemers geportretteerd'. Between 2004 and 2008 he was Ph.D.-researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, where he wrote a PhD thesis on the life and thought of the Dutch artisan Pieter Cornelisz Plockhoy (c.1620-?1664) (thesis defended 25 November 2009). He was awarded a short-term research grant by the Atlantic History Seminar of Harvard University in 2007 and he was co-organizer of the Florentine Winterschool 'Politics, Press and Public Debate in the 17th centuries. Anglo-Dutch Perspectives', 10-15 December 2007. From the end of 2008 until 1 may 2009 he was Assistant-Researcher at Leiden University in the project Civil Services and Urban Communities, 1500-1800.
Currently, he is working at the IISH in the project Giving in the Golden Age, investigating the founding of almshouses by private benefactors in the early modern age. In this capacity he organized the international, comparative, conference Almshouses in Europe from the late Middle Ages to the present – Comparisons and Peculiarities, Haarlem, the Netherlands, 7-9 September 2011, and attended conferences in Long Beach, Ghent, Canterbury, Antwerp, Glasgow and Prato.