- History of labor markets and labor strategies of families
- Rural and agrarian history
- World history, global studies and world-systems analysis
- Historical statistics; historical information systems
Eric Vanhaute is head of the cross departmental research group CCC – Communities-Comparisons-Connections at Ghent University. He is member of the research council of Ghent University, member of the executive committee of the international research school NW Posthumus and research coordinator of the History Department. He is member of the Steering Committee of the European Network for Universal and Global History (ENIUGH). Eric Vanhaute coordinates the collaborative research projects HISSTAT. Development of a central database of local and regional historical statistics of the 19th and 20th centuries. (Hercules-project 2009-2013); and The end of peasant societies? A comparative and global research into the decline and disappearance of peasantries and its impact on social relations and inequality, 1500-2000”. He is member of the board of the International Research Community CORN Comparative Rural History of the North sea Area, and of the general editorial team of Rural Economy and Society in North-Western Europe, 500-2000 (4 volumes, 2010-2013). He is president of the International Maritime History Conference (IMEHA) Conference 2012, Ghent, July 2012 (Theme: Global Maritime History). He has been visiting researcher/professor at the Fernand Braudel Center in Binghamton, Utrecht University, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Wassenaar, the University of California in Berkeley, the Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte in Vienna and the Institute for Social Economy and Culture of Peking University.