Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • CBS Sustainability
  • Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)

Room: DH.Ø.2.16
E-mail: hel.msc@cbs.dk
Hannah Elliott

I am a social anthropologist focusing broadly on processes of political and economic transformation, in particular in eastern Africa where I have been conducting research since 2009. My research has explored the sociality of markets and money; land and property; migration; and the temporal politics of development and planning. My current postdoctoral research focuses on tea production in Kenya as part of the SUSTEIN project, which examines how certified sustainability standards shape global supply chains. Here, I examine how ideas and practices of sustainability enacted through standards play out in sites of tea production, in particular plantations and their associated factories and outgrower farms. 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.

Primary research areas
  • Economic anthropology
  • Political anthropology
  • Politics of sustainability
  • Property rights and relations
  • Value
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At CBS, I have taught bachelor’s and master’s students in social and cultural theory, ethnographic research methods and critical approaches to circular economy, corporate sustainability and CSR.


I am interested in supervising Master’s and PhD projects examining the politics of sustainable development, corporate sustainability, CSR / corporate ethics, and circular economy.

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Hannah Elliott / Durable Conversions : Property, Aspiration, and Inequality in Urban Northern Kenya.
In: Economic Anthropology, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1.2022, p. 112-124
Journal article > peer review
Hannah Elliott / Book Review: Roses from Kenya
In: Exertions: Society for the Anthropology of Work, 20.9.2021
Book review
Hannah Elliott; Martin Skrydstrup / The True Price of Quality : On the Infrastructures of Tea in Postcolonial Kenya.
In: Commodity Frontiers, Vol. 2, 2021, p. 16-23
Journal article > peer review
Matthew Archer; Hannah Elliott / ‘It’s Up to the Market to Decide’ : Revealing and Concealing Power in the Sustainable Tea Supply Chain .
In: Critique of Anthropology, Vol. 41, No. 3, 9.2021, p. 227-246
Journal article > peer review
Hannah Elliott / Ives, Sarah: Steeped in Heritage: The Racial Politics of South African Rooibos Tea
In: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2020, p. 202-203
Book review
Hannah Elliott / Town Making at the Gateway to Kenya's "New Frontier"
In: Land, Investment and Politics: Reconfiguring Eastern Africa's Pastoral Drylands. . ed. /Jeremy Lind; Doris Okenwa; Ian Scoones. Woodbridge : James Currey 2020, p. 43-54
Book chapter > peer review
Neil Carrier; Hannah Elliott / Demanding and Commanding Goods : The Eastleigh Transformation Told through the ‘Lives’ of Its Commodities.
In: Mobile Urbanity: Somali Presence in Urban East Africa. . ed. /Neil Carrier; Tabea Scharrer. New York : Berghahn Books 2019, p. 97-117 (Integration and Conflict Studies, Vol. 20)
Book chapter > peer review
Hannah Elliott / Anticipating Plots : (Re)Making Property, Futures and Town at the Gateway to Kenya's 'New Frontier'.
København : Teologisk Fakultet. Københavns Universitet 2018, 256 p.
Ph.D. thesis
Neil Carrier; Hannah Elliott / Entrust We Must : The Role of "Trust" in Somali Economic Life.
København : Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier, DIIS 2018, 26 p. (DIIS Working Paper, No. 2018: 2)
Working paper
Hannah Elliott / Speculative Futures on Kenya’s “New Frontier”
In: The Corridor: How the East African Corridor Spanning the Indian Ocean from Somalia to South Africa is being Radically Reshaped. . ed. /Tau Tavengwa; Leonie Newhouse. Göttingen : Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung 2017, p. 28-29
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