Leo de Haan

Leo de Haan is emeritus-professor of Development Studies. Until 2015, he was Rector of the Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University Rotterdam) in The Hague, Netherlands. The ISS is the oldest and leading Development Studies institute in the world. Before his appointment at ISS, he directed the African Studies Centre in Leiden, the largest centre of its kind in Europe. Before directing ASC Leiden, he was Professor of Development Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen and Director of the Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen (CIDIN). Leo de Haan was trained as a human geographer and throughout his academic focused his research on rural and urban livelihoods in Africa and theorising livelihoods approaches.


Recent publications:

Kamanzi, A., Lakwo, A. & Haan, L.J. de (2023). To Do Livelihoods Research Now Is to Recognize Coloniality and to Decolonise. In Engaged Scholarship and Emancipation. Nijmegen: Radboud University Press.

Kamanzi, A., Dede, K,S. & Haan, L.J. de (2023). Modern transformation of rural livelihoods in Africa: the case of the Dodoma region, Tanzania. Leiden: ASC Working Paper Series.

Haan, L.J. de (2022). Livelihoods and social protection. In: The Routledge Handbook on Livelihoods in the Global South. Milton Park: Routledge.

Haan, L.J. de  (2017). Rural and urban livelihoods, social exclusion and social protection in sub-Saharan Africa. In Geografisk Tidsskrift - Danish Journal of Geography.
Haan, L.J. de (2017). Livelihoods in development. In Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement, 38:1, 22-38.


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Institute of Social Studies
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