Research theme

History Lab

The TU/e History Lab is a global center for the historical study of interacting technological, social and environmental changes.

We develop historical research, education and public outreach relevant to present-day debates on the role of engineering and technology in causing, mediating, and solving societal and environmental ‘grand challenges’. We engage with public and policy debates that range from the local, such as the sustainable urban mobility challenge (SDG 11 sustainable cities and communities), to the global, such as transcontinental resource chains that connect the sustainability and inequality histories of different places across the globe (SDG 10 reduced inequalities; SDG 12 responsible production and consumption). Through the in-house Foundation for the History of Technology SHT we collaborate with government, business, research, and civil society organizations; communicate to a broader public; and coordinate transnational research collaborations.  

Example programs:

  • Our program on the interrelationship of Fear and Technology investigates how fears are both the source and the result of technologies – and vice‐versa.


Website of the Eindhoven History Lab

Some of our research projects