Henk-Jan Dekker, PhD candidate 2016-2020, will be working on the Institutional Cycling Politics in a Transnational Context since 1920s. He received two Bachelor degrees in Philosophy (cum laude) and History (cum laude) from Utrecht University, where he also did his Master in Modern History (2016) and attended one semester at the University of Minnesota.
His research will focus on how policymakers shaped cycling policy in the Netherlands over the past century. By studying national, provincial, and municipal policies, he focuses on who made decisions about cycling infrastructure, traffic rules, and the fund allocation. How did different government levels interact; what role did non-governmental actors like ANWB and Fietsersbond play; and which power relations shaped the cycling policy? Henk-Jan will use heretofore untouched archival sources within the national, provincial, and municipal Public Works adminstrations. This project will help us understand how and why the Netherlands became a prominent cycling country and to what extent its development is unique in a transnational perspective.