Hilde Harmsen studied History of Society at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Human Geography at the Utrecht University. Her MA thesis is titled Verf en Vrede. Visuele uitingen van identiteit in Belfast ten tijde van het Noord-Ierse vredesproces (Paint and Peace. Visual expressions of identity in Belfast during the Northern Ireland peace process).
She worked for three years as a project officer in the field of spatial planning, where she conducted exploratory policy research on vacancy and reallocation, commissioned by the Rijksadviseur voor Cultureel Erfgoed (National Advisor for Cultural Heritage). She also worked as a policy maker at the municipality of Rotterdam.
Since March, 2011, Hilde Harmsen is a Phd student and lecturer (docent-promovendus) at the Erasmus School for History, Culture and Communication working on the project ‘Technological innovation in children’s books during the first phase of the Cold War, 1945 – 1970’.
H.B. Harmsen (2015). Building the Future. Technology in Dutch Children’s Literature, 1945 – 1960. History of Education Society UK, Annual Conference 2015: Liverpool, United Kingdom (2015, november 20 - 2015, november 22).
H.B. Harmsen (2011). Technological innovation in children's books during the first phase of the Cold War, 1945-1970 A cultural history of technology. Posthumus research colloquium: Leiden (2011, december 12 - 2011, december 13).
H.B. Harmsen (2013). ''Goodbye Earth", Aerospace in Dutch children’s literature during the long fifties. Sixth Biennial Conference, Society for the History of Childhood and Youth: Nottingham, U.K. (2013, juli 25).
H.B. Harmsen (2012). Technological innovation in children's books during the first phase of the Cold War, 1945 - 1970. N.W. Posthumus: Rotterdam (2012, april 19).
H.B. Harmsen (2012). Technology and Play in Children's Literature: Non-fiction books for Children in the Netherlands, 1945 -1970. The International Committee for the History of Technology's 39th Symposium (ICOHTEC): Barcelona (2012, juli 13).
H.B. Harmsen (2012). The meaning of modern technology in children's books in the Netherlands in the period of economic reconstruction, wealth and the early Cold War, 1945-1970. European Graduate School for Training in Economic and social historical Research (ESTER), Research Design Course: Ghent (2012, september 17).