Zoé is a doctoral researcher

Zoé is a PhD Candidate at the C²DH working on the history of deindustrialisation in Luxembourg.

Her research examines deindustrialisation in Luxembourg between 1970 and 1990, focusing on the impact on the southern Luxembourg cities that were dependent on the steel industry. She compares the cities of Dudelange, Esch-sur-Alzette and Pétange and shows their different experiences with industrial decline and unemployment. The study examines the effects of deindustrialisation, such as factory closures and demographic changes, and at the same time analyses how local actors such as politicians, employees, residents and trade unions perceived and reacted to these changes. The aim is to illustrate the complex nature of deindustrialisation in industrial cities using specific local case studies.

The research is embedded in a broader project, “Confronting Decline” (CONDE), coordinated by the Institut für Zeitgeschichte (IfZ) in Munich, which looks at the challenges of deindustrialisation in western societies since the 1970s.

Zoé holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history from the Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (LMU). Her research interests lie in cultural history, spatial history, and the history of technology.

Main supervisor is Ass.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Krebs (C²DH).