mr. M. (Marcel) IJsselstijn MA

  • PhD Candidate

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 5886
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Archaeology, Roman Prov., Middle Ages & Modern Period
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B1.20
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Marcel IJsselstijn studied Human Geography (BSc) at the University of Utrecht and Heritage Studies (MA) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (cum laude). During his studies, he developed a strong interest in the long-term spatial development of towns in the Netherlands and abroad.

In his master-thesis ‘De historisch gelaagde stad’ (The historical-layered town), he explored the possibilities of applying the theoretical concept of ‘the biography of landscape’ in the urban context. After graduating, he pursued his interests as an independent researcher. He was one of the authors of the Atlas van de verstedelijking in Nederland. 1000 jaar ruimtelijke ontwikkeling (Bussum, 2014), the first overview on urbanization in the Netherlands written from a long-term, spatial perspective. He was also involved in local projects by contributing to books on the spatial development and heritage of Zeist and Barendrecht.

Currently he is involved in two regional projects: the making of a historical atlas of the Westland-region and a historical atlas on the Schiezone between Delft and Rotterdam/Schiedam. Marcel is an editor of the Historisch-Geografisch Tijdschrift.

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Research interests

Spatial aspects of medieval urbanization, comparative approaches in both urban and regional history and archaeology, spatial analysis and representation of historical and archaeological data

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Last Modified: 01-02-2016