Tim Riswick


Tim Riswick is an Assistant Professor of Historical Demography at Radboud University, Nijmegen. He leads the COST Action network “The Great Leap: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Health Inequalities, 1800-2022” and is currently working on his Dutch Research Council Veni project, “Unravelling Health Inequalities: The Historical Roots of Inequality in Death and Disease in West-European Port Cities, 1850-1950.”

As researcher his expertise lies in comparative family history in East Asia and Western Europe from 1800 to 2000. His work examines the emergence of health inequalities in 19th and 20th-century societies, focusing on epidemics, cause-specific mortality, and hospital patients.

In his role as an educator, he teaches about global family history, historical demography, historical life courses, and life stories. He also contributes to interdisciplinary teaching modules, including Health Care Humanities.

Lastly, he actively contributes to the field of historical demography through various roles: he is a board member of the European Society of Historical Demography, Associate Editor of The History of the Family, and Chair of the IUSSP Panel on Epidemics and Contagious Diseases. Additionally, he serves on the board of Museum de Kantfabriek.

Research subjects
Cause-specific mortality
Example of the Amsterdamse cause-of-death register. Number: BSDA00013000005
Hospital History
Binnengasthuis 1898. Inventaris: http://archief.amsterdam/archief/10003/40033195
Taiwanese Historical Demography
The Island of Formosa as shown in Campbell (1896)
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