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.


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 & Samuel Jenkin, 2018, Agricultural Development in the World Periphery: A Global Economic History Approach. Pinilla, V. & Willebald, H. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 153-178 26 p. (Palgrave Studies in Economic History)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Prowse, M. & Ellen Hillbom, 2018, Agriculture, Diversification, and Gender in Rural Africa. Oxford University Press, p. 177-195

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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