Christa Matthys

Contact info

  • Postdoctoral fellow
  • Address: Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Ufo, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35, B-9000 Ghent
  • Telephone: +32 (0)9 331 02 57
  • Fax: + 32 (0)9 331 02 99
  • E-mail:


Research interests

Historical demography;reproductive behavior; maternal health; domestic work.

Current and past research projects

  • BOF postdoctoral research project: ‘Delivered with care. Perspectives on maternal health and reproduction in Belgium and Italy, 17th to early 20th centuries.’ 
  • 'Life cycle servants across Europe during the 19th century.' Max Planck Institute for Demographic Researvh, Rostock, Germany.
  • FWO doctoral fellowship: ‘Domestic servants and the diffusion of fertility in Flanders, 1830-1930.’ 

Representative publications

  • Matthys, C., and Devos, I. "History of historical demography in Belgium." In: A. Fauve-Chamoux, S. Sogner and I. Bolovan (eds.) History of Historical Demography, Peter Lang. In press.
  • Matthys, C. and Caron, M. "La fécondité légitime dans différents agrosystèmes sociaux en Flandre, 1830-1930." In: Espaces, Populations, Sociétés/Space, Populations, Societies, (2014), 1. (Special issue: Les populations rurales en Europe occidentale du 18ème siècle aux années 1960-1970). Online 31 May 31, 2014:
  • Matthys, C. "Domestic servants and diffusion of fertility control in Flanders, 1830-1930." In: History of the Family, 18 (2013), 4, pp. 456-480.
  • Matthys, C., Creighton, M. and Quaranta, L. "Migrants and Diffusion of Low Marital Fertility in Nineteenth Century Sart, Belgium." In: Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 42 (2012), 4, pp. 593–614.

Full publication list

UGent bibliografie