Gijs Dreijer



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: History
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Maritime Studies

Gijs is a third-year doctoral student working on Professor Maria Fusaro's ERC funded AveTransRisk project, focussing on the development of general averages (GA) in the Southern Netherlands in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. By researching GA, he hopes to uncover change and continuity in the legal framework in the Southern Netherlands during the later Medieval Period. Tackling the legal side of GA, he is primarily based at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in the research group Contextual Research in Law (CORE). See his profile page there:

Gijs completed both his BA (with Honours) and Research MA (cum laude) at Leiden University in The Netherlands (his home country), mainly focusing on private trade and smuggling within several chartered companies in the Low Countries. For his MA thesis, written under the supervision of Professor Catia Antunes, Gijs wrote an analysis of the circumstances in which the Ostend Company (1722-1727) could be founded, based on six distinct archives in three European countries.