The consortium brings together experts on various European famines from a wide range of scholarly disciplines and institutions key to Heritages of Hunger.


The researchers in the project’s core team are affiliated to Radboud University (RU), Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD). Researchers at WUR and NIOD focus on the effects war, famines, the Holocaust and other genocides have on the individual and societal level. NIOD also advises governmental bodies and is leading in public debates and events concerning war-related violence. RU’s Department of Modern Languages and Cultures is a hub in Irish studies and has specifically addressed legacies of the Great Irish Famine over the past years. Scholars in Dutch studies at RU engage with issues of national identity formation in light of disasters and war. Research on famines has been conducted at RU since 2011, supported by the Radboud Institute for Culture and History (RICH).

Consortium partners come from multiple countries and disciplines and provide co-funding, advice, and specific expertise relating to the teaching, conservation, and research of hunger, migration, poverty, and conflict. Besides providing valuable feedback for research and knowledge utilisation purposes, these partners will also be involved in the pilot phase and implementation of the project’s digital educational resources. Furthermore, they will facilitate public events and output. The list of consortium partners can be found below.

A more detailed description of the consortium can be found here (pdf, 126 kB).




Dutch Resistance Museum, Amsterdam



The Netherlands during WWII; musealisation and education of Dutch Hunger Winter; national and regional histories; personal testimonies, oral history; heritage practices and policies



Government and education

European teaching practices; curricula and education on troublesome pasts

Museum Rotterdam, Rotterdam



The Netherlands during the 1845 famine and WWII; musealisation of Dutch Hunger Winter; famine, relief and urban networks

Netherlands Institute in Saint Petersburg


Government and education

Russian Studies; education and commemoration; Leningrad blockade; bilateral relations Russia-Netherlands

Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp



Musealisation of migration and poverty; digitalisation of sources and the use of technology in visitor learning and participation

Irish Heritage Trust, Dublin (National Famine Museum)



Famine and migration; Irish famine heritage, museums and education; ICT and heritage

Nerve Centre Derry


Government and education

Educating troubled pasts; developing methodologies and resources for teaching conflict, reconciliation; the use of IT in children’s education

Research and Knowledge Transfer,
Universidad de Granada



Franco and the Spanish famine; using archival resources in shaping living pasts; the use of oral history; Spanish educational policies

Centro Documental de la Memoria Histórica, Salamanca

Government and education

Heritages of troublesome pasts; Franco and the Spanish famine; educating and disseminating troubled pasts; using resources and open science (concerning the Spanish famine)

Holodomor Research and Education Centre Kyiv

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Government and education

Education and commemoration of Holodomor in Ukraine; experience with organising training sessions for teachers and developing educational materials; personal testimonies and oral history (Holodomor Global Family Database)

Kuopio Cultural History Museum, Kuopio



Local histories and famine in Finland; regional traditions and heritage;  musealisation of famine

Finnish Labour Museum, Werstas

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Finland’s agricultural labour history; the local effects of the Finnish famine; musealisation of famine and poverty

Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Toronto


Government and education

Education and commemoration of the Ukrainian famine in North-America; development of teaching materials and curricula on Holodomor; conference organisation; training of educators

Ireland Park Foundation, Toronto


Government and education

The Irish famine diaspora in Canada and intersections with other past and present refugee crises; using new technologies in the heritage industry; expertise on commemoration activities