Erik GreenSenior Lecturer

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History


My research focus on economic history of pre-colonial and colonial Africa. More specifically, I am engaged in issues related to long-term agrarian change, rural labour relations/institutions and structural change.

I am also involved in a larger project that tries to capture and compare changes in the occupational structure in 20th century Africa in a global history context. The project is lead by Prof. Leigh Taylor-Shaw and Prof. Gareth Austin at Cambridge University. 


I have been interviewed by Swedish Radio and frequently give public lectures

I am also the co-founder (together with Morten Jerven) of the African Economic History Network and editor of the the network's working paper series. See more on:



I teach methods in development studies and global economic history and African economic history at bachelor level. I also teach African economic history at Masters level. 

Recent research outputs

Erik Green & Fourie, J. 2018 Mar 13 Colonialism, Institutional Change, and Shifts in Global Labour Relations. Hofmeester, K. & de Zwart, P. (eds.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, p. 265-294 30 p. (Work Around the Globe: Historical Comparisons and Connections)

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

Erik Green 2018 (Accepted/In press) The Routledge Handbook of African Development . Binns, T., Lynch, K. & Nel, E. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 37-49 13 p. (Routledge International Handbooks)

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

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