The research network "Shop, Consumer, City" was started as an attempt to create a dialogue between the two disciplines 'research in urban history' and the 'history of occupation and industry'. "The production of consumption" is a key term in different work made by the network: Production creates identity and consumption shapes cities and shops as well as cities and shops shapes the patterns of consumption. The Danish "consumer society" was already taking shape in the 19th century. Changes in consumption and culture met economic growth and thus making new groups of society active consumers and creators of new types of cities. It is one of the main tasks of the network to create a dialogue between the mentioned disciplines, but also between museums and university researchers. The network is run, among others, by Danish Centre for Urban History and Odense City Museums. Furthermore it is financially supported by the Danish Council for Independent Research, Culture and Communication. The work of the individual persons in the network is put into practice at our seminars, of which two already has been held. The third and final is planned for fall 2016.
A grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research made it possible in the summer of 2014 to realize the project ”Urban Diaspora. Diaspora Communities and Materiality in Early Modern Urban Centres” on which Danish Centre for Urban History is a partner. It is an interdisciplinary project covering archaeology, history, archaeobotany and zoology at both Danish and Swedish research institutions. One of the mains tasks of the project is to shed a new light on the immigration societies in Aalborg, Helsingør and Nya Lödöse. The research made is basic research and the aim is to provide new knowledge on the immigration societies in the market towns and the establishment of a modern Denmark centuries before the nation state.