Meet the Consortium

Dr. Duncan Ross

University of Glasgow


I really wanted to develop an Erasmus Mundus programme that would excite students from all over the world and offer a truly innovative and challenging programme that explores the intellectual spaces between global imperatives and local responses.  We offer the opportunity to think about the relationship between economic and historical forces on the one hand and places on the other. This matters to me, as a citizen of Scotland and proud resident of Glasgow, but it also matters to anyone thinking about how their own city/ region/country can respond to current economic and political challenges, and our multidisciplinary team, from a variety of post-industrial and industrial cities, brings an enormous range of insights, expertise, and approaches to these questions. Read More

Prof. Jeffrey Fear

University of Glasgow


Hello, this is Jeffrey Fear and I’m the Programme Coordinator of GLOCAL.  We have two main objectives with the programme. The first intellectual aim is to understand how the ‘local’ remains competitive and sustainable over time by adapting to globalising processes and reshaping them in creative, proactive ways. The glocal perspective shifts attention to the creative agency of local actors to maintain the attractiveness of areas in global markets over long periods of historical time. The second aim is to offer students a wide-ranging multi-disciplinary experience that blends three subject areas: economic and social history, business, and economics at four major universities in four innovative cities (Glasgow, Barcelona, Rotterdam and Göttingen). Read More

Lauren Hoare

University of Glasgow


I’m Lauren and I am the Administrative Coordinator of GLOCAL. I was born and bred in Glasgow, with a little bit of Spanish flair added in from a year spent living in Madrid. I studied languages (Spanish, Catalan, French and Polish) and a Masters in Translation Studies at University of Glasgow and worked as a freelance translator and in various University roles before joining the GLOCAL team. I’m really excited to work on such a diverse programme, with talented students and staff from all around the world. I especially enjoy keeping my Catalan skills fresh when I contact my colleagues at Universitat de Barcelona!. Read More

Dr. Elisenda Paluzie

University of Barcelona


Hello, this is Elisenda Paluzie and I’m the coordinator of the program at the University of Barcelona. I received a MA in International and Development Economics from Yale University; a PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona (UB); and I have been a post-doctoral researcher at both the London School of Economics and at CERAS-Paris School of Economics. I was Faculty Dean (Economics and Business) at UB for eight long years (2009-2017). My main research interests are in the areas of Regional and Urban Economics and International Trade. Read More

Prof. Dr. Ben Wubs

Erasmus University Rotterdam


My name is Ben Wubs. I am a Professor of International Business History at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a Project Professor at the Graduate School of Economics in Kyoto in Japan.

I was born in Limburg, a province in the South of the Netherlands, but I moved to Utrecht to study history and became an economics and history teacher after graduation in a small city. In the weekends I played the guitar in a funny theater band and had many gigs all over the Netherlands for more than 10 years. Read More

Dr. Maarten Van Dijck

Erasmus University Rotterdam


My name is Maarten Van Dijck and I am an assistant professor at the History Department of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Although I am working in the Netherlands, I still live in Belgium, the country where I was born and received my education in history.

As a historian, I am interested in all aspects of early modern urban history. I studied late medieval and early modern interpersonal violence for my Ph.D. and, afterward, I got interested in the evolution of associational life since the Middle Ages. Currently, I am working on a comparative study of business communities in seventeenth-century Rotterdam, New Amsterdam and Cape Town to understand the rise of global inequality. GLOCAL helps me to think about the local impact of processes of globalization between 1500 and today. Read More.

Dr. Heike Wieters

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen


My Name is Heike, I was born in Celle, a small City in Niedersachsen, Germany and have been living in Berlin since high school. After graduating in contemporary history and philosophy at Humboldt-University Berlin in 2008, I have been around quite a bit: traveling, doing research, or on teaching assignments at academic institutions in Beijing, Boston, London, Oslo, New York, Paris, Washington, DC and many other places in Europe, the US, Latin-America and Asia. Read More

Dr. Jan Logemann

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen


“Home” to me are both the plains of Northern Germany and the hills of West Virginia. I have spent much of my professional life shuttling between Bremen and Berlin where I went to school and studied history and politics and the United States where I went to graduate school and held my first academic positions. Transatlantic differences fascinate me and they are a constant topic of conversation with my kids who are also growing up on both sides of “the pond.”

GLOCAL has provided me with an opportunity to take my passion for comparative analysis of societies and economies to a new, more global level. The program has grown out of an interest in internationalizing the teaching at our various institutions and to cross traditional disciplinary and geographic boundaries in academia. Read More 

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Berghoff

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

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My name is Hartmut Berghoff. I am an economic and social historian at Göttingen University with a special interest in business history, globalization and the history of consumption.

In many ways, I am familiar with both the “local” and the “global.” I was born and raised in the small town of Herford, near Bielefeld (Westphalia), right in the middle of Germany. From there I ventured into the world to study at various universities from Bielefeld and London (LSE) to Berlin. Since graduating, I have worked at various universities in Germany, Europe and the United States. I have been a professor at Göttingen University for over fifteen years, but between 2008 and 2015 I was the director of the German Historical Institute in Washington DC. Living in different countries and meeting people with various backgrounds is one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life. Read More. 

Steven Ivings

Kyoto University

Hi there, Steven Ivings here, I’m the Programme Coordinator of GLOCAL at Kyoto University. It is a real pleasure to be involved in GLOCAL given the diverse, ambitious and academically outstanding student body the programme boasts, as well as the world-class partner universities that make up the programme. We are really proud at Kyoto to be a part of this and feel that it was certainly worth all the effort to set up and accredit the joint degree we now offer with University of Glasgow and University of Barcelona.

I am half-British, half-German and come from the suburbs of a truly global city, London, where I studied Economic History (BSc and PhD, LSE) and Japanese Studies (MA, SOAS). My interest in Japan was sparked by an excellent teacher, Prof. Janet Hunter, and though I had previously had no connection to Japan I became fascinated with the story of Asia’s first industrial revolution. I haven’t looked back since.

My research today examines the intersection of global and local aspects of this topic and has expanded to include Japan’s integration into global trade in the mid-to-late nineteenth century from the perspective of trading firms, port cities and their hinterlands, much of which informs my teaching on the programme. Before coming to Kyoto University in 2017, I also worked at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Besides research, I love spending time with my kids, walking around cities, towns and villages without a map, and a quiet moment with a good book.