Henk-Jan Dekker, PhD candidate 2016-2021 at Eindhoven University of Technology, will defend his dissertation Cycling Citizens in 2021. His thesis analyzes cycling governance in an international context since 1900s based on extensive historical research. After receiving two Bachelor degrees in Philosophy (cum laude) and History (cum laude) from Utrecht University, he also did his Master in Modern History (2016) at Utrecht University and attended one semester at the University of Minnesota. He serves as the book review assistant editor for the journal Technology and Culture since 2020.
His research focuses on how policymakers shaped cycling policy in the Netherlands over the past century. By studying national, provincial, and municipal policies, he is revealing who made decisions about cycling infrastructure, traffic rules, and funding. He has examined how different government levels have interacted and what role non-governmental actors like the tourist organization ANWB and the Dutch Cycling Union (Fietsersbond) played in shaping cycling infrastructure. Henk-Jan has used heretofore untouched archival sources within the national, provincial, and municipal Public Works administrations. Cycling Citizens helps us understand how and why the Netherlands became a prominent cycling country and to what extent its development is unique in an international perspective.
His publications include:
Dekker, Henk-Jan. “Jeremiades over de Jeremiebrug: Fietsfiles bij spoorwegovergangen in Utrecht, 1915-1940.” Oud-Utrecht 91, no. 2 (2018): 32-38.
Dekker, Henk-Jan. “Between protest and counter-expertise: User knowledge, activism, and the making of urban cycling networks in the Netherlands since the 1970s.” NTM (forthcoming, 2021/2022).
Bruno, Matthew, Henk Jan Dekker, and Letícia Lindenberg Lemos. “Mobility protests in the Netherlands of the 1970s: Activism, innovation, and the transition to sustainable transportation systems.” To be submitted