Ellen Hillbom

Senior Lecturer, PhDFormer name: Ellen Carlsson

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History


  • Economic History, Africa, Development Studies, Agriculture, Colonialism


My research interest lie in understanding the long-term development of the African continent. This includes both contemporary issues and the colonial past. Under the umbrellas of African Economic History and contemporary Africa studies I have published on a number of topics such as: structural transformation; agricultural transformation; natural resource dependency; pro-poor agricultural growth; inequality; property rights institutions and colonial legacies. While I am interested in Africa broadly I have more specifically studied Botswana, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Mauritius.


I have been involved in teaching at Lund University since the late 1990s. I have had the priveledge to be involved in numerous different courses and programs from bachelors to PhD levels, within my own departmen and faculty and as well as outside. I have been teaching traditional economic history, development studies, teachers training, management and much more. I have also supervised a large number or bachelors and masters theses.


1. Teaching/Course responsibility:

- Roll (kursansvarig, föreläsare, övningsledare): föreläsare, övningsledare

- Kursnamn: Global Context of Management (avancerad)

- Kurskod: MGTN26

- Omfattning i klocktimmar: 174


- Roll (kursansvarig, föreläsare, övningsledare): kursansvar, övningsledare

- Kursnamn: Explaining Growth and Inequality (avancerad)

- Kurskod: EKHT42

- Omfattning i klocktimmar: 50


Roll (kursansvarig, föreläsare, övningsledare): kursansvar, övningsledare

- Kursnamn: Growth, stagnation and inequality in Africa (kandidat)

- Kurskod: EKHB21

- Omfattning i klocktimmar: 50



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2. Supervision of theses (including theses completed by Feb-19):

Undergraduate level (number of theses 2018): 0


Master level (number of theses 2018): 4


3. Examiner of theses (including theses completed by Feb-19):

Undergraduate level (number of theses 2018): 5


Master level (number of theses 2018): 0



4. Briefly describe development work in education – renewal of curriculum and/or pedagogical development:



5. Involvement of guest teachers:

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6. Programme responsibility (name of programme)



7. Additional work in education (e.g. planning, implementation, and pedagogical leadership)

In my capacity as the deputy head of department, I have the main initiator and planner of the up-coming bachelors program in Economy and Society administrated by the Department of Economic History. In collaboration with the director of studies, current and future, Fay Lundh Nilsson and Tobias Axelsson final preparations were made in terms of passing course syllables and advertising the program.



8. Briefly describe your work with IT-supported teaching and learning



9. Production of cases, publications on teaching and learning, teaching materials and textbooks

I continue to work on a digital text book – the History of African Development – together with three other editors – Ewout Frankema, Felix Meier zu Selhousen and Ushu

Together with Erik Green I have published a second edition of the textbook – Afrika: En kontinents ekonomiska och sociala historia. At the moment we are working on the forthcoming English edition that will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.


My ambition is to combine my academic research with efforts to disseminate knowledge to students as well as an interested general public. This has led me to give a number of speaches to both study groups and private entrepreneurs with an interest in Africa. I have also been involved in writing and editing textbooks one of which can be downloaded for free.


Recent research outputs

Ellen Hillbom & Erik Green, 2018 Jun 1, 2 ed. Lund: Studentlitteratur AB. 387 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Ellen Hillbom & Jutta Bolt, 2018, Cham: Springer International Publishing. 235 p. (Palgrave Studies in Economic History)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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