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Consumers on the March, 1960s to 1990s

Project Team

dr. Liesbeth van de Grift

Liesbeth van de Grift is an Associate Professor in the History of International Relations. She specializes in the history of political representation through the lens of rural and environmental governance in the twentieth century. A key historical question that she is concerned with is how the emergence of nature and the environment on the political agenda has challenged and changed ideas and practices of democracy in the twentieth century. … Read More


Koen van Zon MA

Koen van Zon works as a postdoc researcher on the Consumers on the March project. He completed his PhD thesis at Radboud University Nijmegen, where he also studied history. He also worked as a lecturer at Radboud University and Utrecht University.

In his PhD thesis, he studied the history of the representative institutions of the European Community (the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee). These institutions were created in the 1950s as a bridge between the Community and its citizens, but they struggled with their role in the Community. … Read More

Alessandra Schimmel MA

Alessandra Schimmel studied History (BA) and Modern History 1500-2000 (RMA) at Utrecht University. In the Consumers on the March-project, Alessandra’s research focuses on consumer organisations in the European Community, and on the European umbrella organisation BEUC (Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs). The aim of her research is to analyse ideas and practices of political representation within these organisations; to examine how a European consumer interest has been negotiated, and how BEUC emerged as the voice of the European consumer. … Read more