Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University and co-director of Harvard University’s Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, a center for the study of history from global perspectives that brings together members of the Harvard faculty, graduate students and fellows from all over the world. In addition Sven Beckert co-chairs the Harvard programme on the Study of Capitalism. Most recently, he published Empire of Cotton: A Global History.

Ulbe Bosma is Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam and Professor of History at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His most recent publications include The Sugar Plantation in India and Indonesia: Industrial Production, 1770–2010.

Mindi Schneider is Assistant Professor of Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands. Her research and recent publications examine global food politics, political ecology, and rural activism in contemporary China.

Eric Vanhaute is Professor of Economic History and World History at Ghent University and director of the interdisciplinary Ghent research group Economies, Comparisons Connections. It is recognized as one of Europe’s leading groups in the field of world history and world-systems analysis. His most recent publications include World History: An Introduction, and Rural economy and society in North-Western Europe, 500–2000.