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I joined the Department of Management, Society and Communication in September 2018 as a postdoctoral research fellow on the SUSTEIN project, which examines how notions of sustainability, including efforts at defining, measuring and enforcing sustainability through certified standards, shape global supply chains. My research line focuses on how such ideologies and practices of sustainability play out through modes of tea production in Kenya. Ethnographically, I focus on the institution of the tea plantation and its associated factories and outgrower tea farmers.
I am a social anthropologist with a broad focus on the political and economic in eastern Africa, particularly Kenya. My research has explored the sociality of markets and money; land and property; and the temporal politics of development and planning. I hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Anthropology from the University of Manchester and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London), and a PhD in African Studies from the University of Copenhagen.
P R I M A R Y R E S E A R C H A R E A S
Politics of sustainability / CSR / sustainable development
Political and economic anthropology
Anthropology of eastern Africa
S E L E C T E D P U B L I C A T I O N S
- Elliott, H. (2014) 'Somali displacements and shifting markets: Camel milk in Nairobi’s Eastleigh estate'. In Amanda Hammar (ed.). Displacement Economies in Africa: Paradoxes of Crisis and Creativity. Uppsala: Zed Books, pp. 127-144.
Elliott, H. (2016) 'Planning, property and plots at the gateway to Kenya’s "new frontier"'. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 10 (3), December 2016, pp. 511-529.
Elliott, H. (2017) ' Speculative futures on Kenya's "new frontier"'. In Tau Tavenga and Léonie Newhouse (eds.) The Corridor: How the East African Corridor Spanning the Indian Ocean from Somalia to South Africa is being Radically Reshaped. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity in association with Cityscapes Magazine, pp. 28-29 [online]
Carrier, N. and H. Elliott (2018) 'Entrust we must: The role of 'trust' in Somali economic life'. DIIS Working Paper 2018: 2
S U P E R V I S I O N
I am interested in supervising master's and PhD students working on the politics of CSR / corporate ethics, sustainable agriculture and sustainable development.