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Rombert Stapel (1983) studied Medieval History at Leiden University. He graduated in 2008 on a prosopographical study of the priest-brethren of the Teutonic Order in the Utrecht bailiwick (1350-1600). He then started working on a PhD dissertation at Leiden University and the Fryske Akademy (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) concerning a late fifteenth-century Middle Dutch chronicle of the Teutonic Order, the Croniken van der Duytscher Oirden or Jüngere Hochmeisterchronik. This text became an influential text in the Baltic region and beyond in the sixteenth century. He defended his thesis, cum laude, in 2017. 

He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the IISH on themes related to the socioeconomic history of the medieval and early-modern Low Countries and spatial humanities. Amongst others, he contributes to the projects Global Collaboratory on the History of Labour Relations 1500-2000 and The Historical Dynamics of Industrialization in Northwestern Europe and China, 1800-2000.

Starting in September 2020 he is leading the NWO-funded project '(Re)counting the uncounted. Replication and Contextualisation of Premodern Dutch and Belgian Population Estimates (1350-1800)'. 

Research interests

Rombert Stapel's current research interests include labour relations in various parts of the world (including the history of self-employment), medieval and early modern coin production, and the circulation of knowledge, goods, and people in the world. He is particularly interested in the spatial humanities: one project aims to create linked open data gazetteers of historical place names, and the other is an historical GIS atlas of late medieval and early modern administrative-judicial units in the Low Countries (cities and heerlijkheden). This projects brings together information from hearth taxes and historical cartography. Its aim is to replace or at least update the Geschiedkundige Atlas van Nederland by A.A. Beekman.

Education/Academic qualification

Medieval History, PhD, Universiteit Leiden

01 Feb 200825 Jan 2017

Award Date: 25 Jan 2017

Medieval History, MA, Universiteit Leiden

01 Sep 200125 Jan 2008

Award Date: 25 Jan 2008

External positions

Harvard University

01 Aug 201531 Dec 2015

Universiteit Leiden

01 Jan 201530 Jun 2015

Universiteit Leiden

01 Jan 201330 Jun 2013

Universiteit Leiden

01 Jan 201230 Jun 2012

Universiteit Leiden

01 Jan 201130 Jun 2011

Universiteit Leiden

01 Jan 201030 Jun 2010

PhD candidate, Universiteit Leiden

01 Feb 200811 Nov 2012


  • DH Netherlands (The Low Countries)
  • Medieval History
  • Spatial Humanities (GIS)
  • Labour History
  • Monasticism
  • Military Orders
  • Historical Demography
  • Population Geography
  • C Auxiliary sciences of history (General)
  • Digital Humanities
  • Spatial Humanities (GIS)
  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Stylometry
  • Philology
  • Authorship
  • Historical Writing
  • Chronicles
  • DJK Eastern Europe
  • Military Orders
  • Teutonic Order
  • G Geography (General)
  • Historical GIS
  • Historical Geography
  • Population Geography
  • HC Economic History and Conditions
  • ZA4450 Databases
  • Historical Gazetteers
  • Coin Production
  • Population Geography
  • CJ Numismatics
  • Coin Production
  • Monetization
  • Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
  • Paleography
  • Codicology

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Research Output

Open Access
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    Coin Production in the Low Countries: Fourteenth Century to the Present

    Zuijderduijn, J., Stapel, R. J. & Lucassen, J. M. W. G., Dec 2018, In : Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis. 15, 2/3, p. 69-88

    Research output: Contribution to journal/periodicalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Leydis, Pauli, and Berchen revisited. Collective history writing in the Low Countries in the late fifteenth century

    Stapel, R. J. & De Vries, J. D. E., May 2015, In : The Medieval Low Countries. An Annual Review. 1 (2014), p. 95-137

    Research output: Contribution to journal/periodicalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 184 Downloads (Pure)

    Layer on layer. 'Computational archaeology' in 15th-century Middle Dutch historiography

    Stapel, R. J., 20 May 2013, In : LLC: the journal of digital scholarship in the humanities. 28, 2, p. 344-358

    Research output: Contribution to journal/periodicalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
    284 Downloads (Pure)

    `Onder dese ridderen zijn oec papen'. De priesterbroeders in de balije Utrecht van de Duitse Orde (1350-1600)

    Stapel, R. J., 2009, In : Jaarboek voor Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis. 11 (2008), p. 205-248 44 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journal/periodicalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
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    ADHO Bursary Award 2011

    Stapel, Rombert (Recipient), 22 Jun 2011

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)Academic

    Historische Kommission für ost- und westpreußische Landesforschung

    Stapel, Rombert (Recipient), 30 Jul 2017

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde

    Stapel, Rombert (Recipient), 29 May 2017

    Prize: Election to learned society


    • 42 Talk or presentation
    • 4 Teaching activity
    • 3 Workshop, seminar
    • 1 Editorial activity

    Combining Text and Tables. Mixed Methods for Qualitative and Quantitative Research

    Marieke van Erp (Speaker), , U. Bosma (Speaker), , A. Nerghes (Speaker), , Rombert Stapel (Speaker), & Richard L. Zijdeman (Speaker)

    07 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationAcademic

    Debates in Global Economic and Social History

    Rombert Stapel (Examiner), & Pepijn Brandon (Examiner)

    01 Sep 201931 Jan 2020

    Activity: Teaching/Examination/SupervisionTeaching activityAcademic

    Mapmakers and Uncertainty. (Early) Modern Discussions

    Djoeke van Netten (Speaker), , Chet van Duzer (Invited speaker), , Isabel Casteels (Invited speaker), , Thomas Horst (Invited speaker), , Erling Sandmo (Invited speaker), , Martijn Storms (Invited speaker), , Weixuan Li (Invited speaker), , Edward Mac Gillavry (Invited speaker), , Rombert Stapel (Invited speaker), & Marlies Vermeulen (Invited speaker)

    17 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationAcademic

    OpenGazAm. Digitalisation and Toponym Resolution for a Historical Gazetteer of the Early Modern Americas

    Rombert Stapel (Speaker), , Ashkan Ashkpour (Speaker), & Martin Reynaert (Speaker)

    25 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationAcademic