In Memoriam Henk Meilink, 1945-2018

The African Studies Centre Leiden is sad to report that Henk Meilink died on 21 March. Henk Antonie Meilink was born in Zeist on 16 September 1945. He studied economics at the University of Amsterdam from 1965 to 1971. His main specializations were macro-economics and international economic relations. From 1969 to 1977 he worked at the University of Amsterdam, first as an assistant and from 1972 as a researcher at ISMOG (Instituut voor Sociaal-Economische Studie van Minder Ontwikkelde Gebieden). As from 1 March 1977 Meilink worked at the African Studies Centre in Leiden as a senior researcher. He did research and consultancy work in Kenya, Zambia and other African countries. Henk’s research was mainly on economics.
Among his publications is one article that would fit in well in the current discourse on migration: ‘Some economic interpretations of migration’ (in: African Perspectives, 1978). During his years at the ASC Henk joined the theme groups ‘Globalization and Sociocultural Transformation in Africa’ and  ‘Economy, Ecology and Exclusion’. After his early retirement in 2005 he regularly visited the ASC.

Our condolences go to Henk’s family and friends.

Jan-Bart Gewald, on behalf of the African Studies Centre, Leiden University