European Commission logo
English English
CORDIS - EU research results

Mapping Practices under Pressure. The Everyday Experience of Socio-Economic Change in Deindustrialising Cities, 1960-2000

Project description

Charting change in Europe’s former industrial cities

Across Europe, cities have been struggling to address the loss of industrial jobs. This deindustrialisation is characterised by a decrease in the relative size and importance of the industrial sector in an economy. The dramatic fall in employment in manufacturing has impacted urban development. The EU-funded MPP project will explore how the pressure of deindustrialisation between the 1960s and 1990s changed daily practices in European cities. The project will use a geographic information system to map the changes. It will develop methodologies to further expand research in the field of digital special humanities into the realm of qualitative data and ‘deep mapping’.


The project uses a Geographic Information System (GIS) to map how everyday practices changed in European cities under the pressure of deindustrialization between the 1960s and 1990s. It will substantiate the hypothesis that the processes of social transformation, which have led to phenomena of social and cultural polarization, cannot simply be deducted from socio-economic factors alone, but hinge on the (re-)production of social status, gender and ethnicity in everyday routines. Spatial analysis using GIS offers a suitable tool to reconstruct the relevance of practices in processes of social transformation because everyday routines aggregated around places, nodes and networks, and these localizations in turn become important references in defining social relations. Accessing and analysing information about past practices brings with it methodological challenges which the project addresses by combining oral history interviews with digital mapping techniques. With this, the project will contribute to the ongoing efforts to devise methodologies, which allow to further expand research in the field of digital spatial humanities into the realm of qualitative data and “deep mapping”. It will build on the extensive expertise of the HI (University of Antwerp Centre for Urban History) and will be integrated in the HI’s initiatives to refine the DARIAH and CLARIN infrastructures in the ‘Spatial Humanities’. The project will therefore contribute to the field of contemporary urban history and to the methodological advancement of GIS as a tool of historical research.


Net EU contribution
€ 178 320,00
2000 Antwerpen

See on map

Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 178 320,00