Research mission

The Global Labour History research program of the IISH focuses on work and labour relations worldwide over the last five hundred years. Key questions in this research involve the connection between work, labour relations and social inequality. How do work and labour relations impact access to opportunities and resources? And what is the effect of inequality on work and labour relations? How do people act, individually or collectively, to change their situation?


Starting from an Open Science agenda we share our insights through international scholarly publishing channels, through our own Open Access journals and book series, through lectures, workshops and conferences, as well as by making our research data available for reuse. We engage with a broader audience through popular books, lectures, and participation in societal debates to share knowledge and insights that can help create a more open, inclusive and equal society.