Erik Green

Erik Green

Senior lecturer, Associate professor

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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 led by Prof. Leigh Taylor-Shaw and Prof. Gareth Austin at Cambridge University. 


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.


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:


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History


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