We conduct research on work and labour relations since 1500 in all parts of the world and have been at the vanguard internationally in global labour history for many years. To understand the connection between work and social inequality, we collect historical datasets and time series and offer researchers a vibrant centre on social-economic history. In addition to fundamental research, the IISH discloses the research results to a broader public, and, wherever possible, the Institute establishes connections with more practice-based research and the parties and organizations involved in this research.
We undertake local, national, and international research projects and produce quality academic publications based on these studies, ensuring that they are open access whenever possible. The IISH also discloses research data through ‘collaboratories’ and by teaming up with other researchers in different ways. To share the research data as broadly as possible, we work with the collection department of the IISH to use the newest digital humanities techniques. Besides facilitating temporary work stations and access to the collections for (inter) national fellows and visiting researchers, the IISH organizes (inter) national congresses, workshops, and lectures. And, at every opportunity, researchers work with social and cultural partners (trade unions, employers’ organizations, other civil society organizations, museums, municipalities), domestically and abroad.