Funded by the ERC

EU funded project


Further Activities

Digital Innovation Prize

The AveTransRisk Database has won (ex aequo) the Digital Innovation Prize which was awarded at the 2022 World Economic History Congress which took place in Paris at the end of July. the prize, organised and funded by the Association Française d’Histoire Économique (AFHE) under the patronage of the International Economic History Association, was set up to reward digital humanities projects in the field of economic history and promote ongoing and achieved projects involving new technologies in economic history.

The whole team thanks Antonio Iodice who prepared the material for the submission and successfully presented the Database in a special session during the 2022 WEHC.

Here follows the transcription of the motivation

The committee has awarded this prize ex aequo to this project because the committee recognizes the ambition of the project making complex premodern data about international trade available online, with all the information necessary for researchers to use them. The data was broken down into relevant categories. We can build queries easily and locate them on a map in a simple, efficient, and robust interface. In particular, lies the fact that the origin of the data was well documented, as the database could be downloaded freely with opened and wide range of analysis for research. The concern for cooperation and integration with other existing projects, like Navigo for example, was also a model for the sustainability of the project in a changing academic world.



Other Activity

Lewis Wade’s PhD thesis - Privilege at a Premium: Insurance, Maritime Law and Political Economy in Early Modern France, 1664-c. 1710 – is the winner of the 2021 British Commission for Maritime History 2021 Doctoral Prize, further details here.

Sabine Go, Giovanni Ceccarelli and Guido Rossi have received a grant from the Cooperating Maritime Funds (Samenwerkende Maritieme Fondsen) to expand their project “Risky Business: pricing, governance, and integration in European insurance markets (c. 1400-1870)”. This projects objective is to advance, through international cooperation, the historical study of marine insurance. A multination, public database of recorded marine insurance prices from the earliest records (15th century) to the end of the 19th century database has been designed and created. Simultaneously, the researchers have located and collected existing private databases (data that had already been compiled which otherwise may be lost), and have added new data gathered from primary sources in various archives. The project is also supported by the Dutch government (NWO Internationalisering in de Geesteswetenschappen), by Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamUniversita degli studi di Parma and by the Fondazione Mansutti in Milan. The current funding will be used for data entry, particular data from archives in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, which has not been processed before. The researchers of the project team, which, apart from Go, Ceccarelli and Rossi, includes Adrian Leonard, have met as members of the Average-Transaction Cost and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth- Eighteenth Centuries) to which they remain associated.

 This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724544