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‘The future started yesterday. New technologies need to be embedded in existing systems that resist change. Analysis of the systems developments helps in identifying opportunities for sustainable innovation’

Research profile

Frank Veraart is an Assistant Professor of history of technology at Eindhoven University of Technology. His areas of expertise include Modern and Contemporary History, Environmental Studies, History of Mobility, Spatial Planning and Computing. Frank’s studies focus on how societal developments are influences by technology and choices of actors. Frank researches the historical development of sustainability trade-offs in transnational resource chains. International trade influences well-being and sustainability (social, economic and ecologic) at places of excavation, production and consumption. Frank studies the origins and historical development of the resources chains and its local impacts on sustainability and well-being. 

Frank has been involved in the research Historical Roots of the Dutch Sustainability Challenges, 1850-2010, granted by the Dutch science foundation NWO. In this research sustainable developments in Dutch society are analyzed using quantitative and qualitative analysis. Quantitative monitors and series sketch the sustainability developments. A qualitative analysis is applied to analyze choices of actors in applying biological, mineral and fossil resources.

Academic background

Frank Veraart received his PhD in History of Technology from TU/e in 2008, At this time, he was also a member of WTMC, The Netherlands Graduate School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture He also holds an MSc in Technology and Society from TU/e.  

Frank is currently one or the research directors of the research network ‘Drivers and Carriers of Globalisation’ of the NW Posthumus research School for Economic and Social History and board member of the Dutch Business History Foundation (SBG). He has authored several book chapters and publishes regularly in key journals, such as Well-being, Sustainability and Social Development, Builders and Planners, Cycling Cities: The European Experience and Hacking Europe. Frank is also involved with the organization, and holds presentations and keynote speeches at, workshops, seminars, courses and exhibitions. Recent examples include NW Posthumus conference Global Inequality Trends and Theories, workshop Well-Being and Sustainability in the Netherlands, Tensions of Europe Conference and Changing Society and Sustainability.

Education/Academic qualification

Eindhoven University of Technology

External positions

Board member, Stichting Bedrijfsgeschiedenis (SBG)

2014 → …

Board Member, Koninklijk Instituut van Ingenieurs

2002 → …

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Research Output

Challenging Europe: technology, environment and the quest for resource security

Heymann, M., Kotchetkova, E., Högselius, P., Sparenberg, O., Martin, J., Åberg, A. & Veraart, F., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Technology and Culture. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Creating, capturing, and circulating commodities: the technology and politics of material resource flows, from the 19th century to the present

    Veraart, F., Åberg, A. & Vikström, H., Jan 2020, In : The Extractive Industries and Society. 7, 1, p. 1-7 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Towards a long-term measurement system of sustainable urban mobility

    Smits, J-P. P. H. & Veraart, F. C. A., 2020, A U-turn to the Future: Sustainable Urban Mobility since 1850. Emanuel, M., Schipper, F. & Oldenziel, R. (eds.). New York: Berghahn Books Inc., p. 305-323 18 p. (Explorations in Mobility; vol. 4).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

    Land or lakes: gravel excavation in Dutch spatial and resources policies through the lens of sustainability developments, 1950–2015

    Veraart, F., 1 Mar 2019, In : Land use policy. 82, p. 367-374 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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    Resources, Infrastructures and the Anthropocene: global North-South dialogues

    M. Luìsa Sousa (Organiser), Maria Paula Diogo (Organiser), Frank C.A. Veraart (Organiser), Erik van der Vleuten (Organiser), Matthias Heymann (Organiser)
    18 Sep 201920 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    Annual NW Posthumus Conference 2019

    Frank C.A. Veraart (Organiser)
    28 May 201929 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Well-being, sustainability and social development The Netherlands 1850-2050

    H.W. Lintsen (Speaker), Frank Veraart (Speaker)
    10 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Measuring Progress

    Frank Veraart (Speaker)
    20 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

    Evolution of Green Business in Historical Perspective

    Frank C.A. Veraart (Organiser), Mila Davids (Organiser)
    21 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    Press / Media

    Eureka. Quest zoekt uit: wat is de beste Nederlandse uitvinding ooit

    Frank Veraart


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    In de jaren zestig ging het mis

    Frank Veraart & H.W. Lintsen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    The Prosperity paradox: We are richer, but less satisfied

    Harry W. Lintsen & Frank C.A. Veraart


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses