Former team members

René van Weeren


René van Weeren, Project Assistant Utrecht University


Position in relation to project

Project Assistant


Short biography 

Based on his expertise in archival research, genealogy, and paleography, René has been involved with the Research Team Institutions for Collective Action right from the start. Next to archival research in the Netherlands and abroad, he was involved with nearly all ERC-, NWO-, and other projects of the research team. Within the research team, René was also responsible for maintaining the team's website as well as taking care of a large part of the logistics and administrative tasks the projects entail. From 2015 until early 2017 René, together with Principal Investigator Tine De Moor has set up, executed, and managed the Citizen Science project ‘Ja, ik wil!’. Within this project, the research team cooperated with over 500 enthusiastic volunteers in order to distill statistical data from 95,000+ Amsterdam pre-marriage registrations. Next to several academic publications based on this data, Dutch book publisher Prometheus will publish the book Ja, ik wil! Verliefd, verloofd, getrouwd in Amsterdam 1580-1810, on March 29, 2019. In this book, findings from the research will be made accessible and explained to a broad audience. 

From 2015 until the end of 2019, René was also Executive Director of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), currently hosted by the Department of History and Art History at Utrecht University. As such, he has been closely involved with the IASC2017 Conference 'Practicing the Commons', held on July 10-15, 2017 in Utrecht, which was attended by over 800 participants from 72 countries.

Involved in Research Themes

> The Household Economy and institutions for collective action

> Regulations of institutions for collective action

> Relation between Marriage Patterns and the emergence of institutions for collective action


Involved in projects

> United we Stand

> Common Rules

> Nature or nurture?

> Modelling institutional dynamics in historical commons (MIDI)

Involved in debates 




Publications in relation to project 

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see Institutional page


Related teaching materials 



Other items



Personal webpage (including CV and full list of publications)

> LinkedIn page