WEast is an international initiative promoting research on the economic history of East, Central and South-East Europe. Our mission is to foster knowledge transfer and collaboration between economic historians and economists with shared interest in this region representing both western and eastern universities and research centres. We organise periodic conferences at prestigious institutions attended by prominent speakers.

We welcome you on our webpage and invite you to take part in the initiative. If you would like to organise a WEast conference at your institution, please contact us.

Principal organisers

Mikołaj Malinowski
University of Groningen

Stefan Nikolić
Loughborough University

Tamás Vonyó
Bocconi University

Upcoming conference

Call for Papers: WEast Dublin 2024
Trinity College Dublin, 13-14 December 2024
Local organisers: Julia Zimmerman, Marvin Suesse, Vitaliia Yaremko
Submission deadline: 6 May 2024

Recent conferences

WEast Conference 2023
CERGE-EI Prague, 16-17 June 2023
Local organiser: Christian Ochsner

Markets and Institutions in Eastern and Central Europe
Humboldt University of Berlin, 12-13 March 2021
Local organiser: Nikolaus Wolf

Understanding the Economic Past of Eastern Europe
Pedagogical University of Cracow, 14-15 June 2019
Local organiser: Bartosz Ogórek

The origins and legacies of the Little Divergence in Central and Eastern Europe
University of Vienna, 1-2 June 2018
Local organiser: Erich Landsteiner

Economy and Society in Eastern and Central Europe
UCL School of Slavonic and East-European Studies, London, 3-4 April 2017
Local organiser: Tomáš Cvrček


WEast gratefully acknowledges the financial support received from the European Historical Economics Society, and thanks all the local organisers of previous events. We also thank Jacob Weisdorf for serving as a principal organiser of WEast from its inception until 2023.