Department of Management, Society and Communication

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

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E-mail: hel.msc@cbs.dk
Hannah Elliott

I joined MSC 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.

Primary research areas
  • Politics of sustainability / CSR / sustainable development
  • Agrarian production
  • Moral economy
  • Political and economic anthropology
  • Anthropology of eastern Africa
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I am interested in supervising master's and PhD students working on the politics of CSR / corporate ethics, sustainable agriculture and sustainable development.

Selected publications

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] http://www.mmg.mpg.de/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/CORRIDORS.pdf

Carrier, N. and H. Elliott (2018) 'Entrust we must: The role of 'trust' in Somali economic life'. DIIS Working Paper 2018: 2

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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
Report chapter
Hannah Elliott / Planning, Property and Plots at the Gateway to Kenya’s ‘New Frontier’
In: Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2016, p. 511-529
Journal article > peer review
Hannah Elliott / An Ethnographic Study of Local Institutionalisation of Savings Groups in Malanga, Coast Region
Nairobi : FSD Kenya 2014, 15 p. (FSD Insights, No. 8)
Hannah Elliott / Somali Displacements and Shifting Markets : Camel Milk in Nairobi’s Eastleigh Estate.
In: Displacement Economies in Africa: Paradoxes of Crisis and Creativity. . ed. /Amanda Hammar. London : Zed Books 2014, p. 127-144
Book chapter > peer review
David M. Anderson; Hannah Elliott; Hassan Hussein Kochore; Emma Lochery / Camel Herders, Middlewomen, and Urban Milk Bars : The Commodification of Camel Milk in Kenya.
In: Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2012, p. 383-404
Journal article > peer review
Hannah Elliott; Ben Fowler / Markets and Poverty in Northern Kenya : Towards a Financial Graduation Model.
Nairobi : FSD Kenya 2012, 46 p.
Hannah Elliott / Refugee Resettlement : The View from Kenya - Findings from Field Research in Nairobi and Kakuma Refugee Camp.
Firenze : European University Institute 2012, 38 p.