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.


Teaching philosophy

I am currently teaching various courses within my own department, within the faculty and at outside LUSEM. At the Department of Economic History I have two course at the bachelors level as part of the international program Bachelors in Development Studies which is a collaboration with the departments of economic history, sociology, political science and human geography. One course is on African economic history and one on methods in preparation for thesis writing (also including fieldwork and internship). At the masters level I teach an Advances Topic on long-term trends in global inequality. At the faculty I teach at the Master in Management program a course on global challenges with a focus on the current era of globalization. I have supervision of master theses at the international LUMID program at the Faculty of Social science.


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

Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, Göran Djurfeldt, Ellen Hillbom, Isinika, A. C., Joshua, M. D. K., Kaleng’a, W. C., Kalindi, A., Msuya, E., Mulwafu, W. & Wamulume, M., 2019, In : Development Studies Research. 6, 1, p. 62-75 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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