Dr Elisa Greco
Research Fellow in Sustainability Standards and Agricultural Value Chains
Email address: E.Greco@leeds.ac.uk
Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute
My main field of expertise is political economy of food and agriculture in Africa. I have a background in African Studies (PhD African Studies, Orientale, Naples), with a specialisation in Development Studies and Political Economy. A Swahili speaker and writer (BA+MA African languages and history), I have ten years of primary research experience in Tanzania and Uganda.
BA and MA in African Studies; PhD African Studies and Development
Member of the Editorial Working Group of the Review of African Political Economy (RoAPE)
Member of the Africa Working Group of the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE)
Member of the Leeds Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)
My main research agenda lies within the field of political economy of agrarian change. I couple an ethnographic approach to the study of land and labour questions in East Africa in the neoliberal era with a theoretic analysis of the neoliberal restructuring of agro-food systems on the continent. My past publications focus on the class dynamics of agrarian change, the politics of collective land claims in Tanzania and the restructuring of rice farming in Tanzania and Uganda.
Another research interested I recently developed concerns the relevance and applicability of the labour theory of value and rent in Marxist thought to contemporary environmental and social issues; this involves a broader reflection on agroecology as a political project.
I contribute to teaching on People, Environment and Sustainability (SOEE2371), Critical Perspectives on Environment and Development (SOEE5483), Sustainable Development in Practice (SOEE3780) and Environmental Policy and Governance ( SOEE2680). I also contribute to teaching on Land, Fuel and Agriculture (PIED3202) and The Political Economy of Resources (PIED5275). My broader teaching interests are Political Economy, Rural Development and Agrarian Political Economy.
- Greco E (2016) Village land politics and the legacy of ujamaa, Review of African Political Economy, 43, pp.22-40. doi: 10.1080/03056244.2016.1219179
- Greco E (2016) Farmers or squatters? Collective land claims in sisal estates, Tanzania (1980s - 2000s), Journal of Agrarian Change, . doi: 10.1111/joac.12148
- Greco E (2015) Local politics of land and the restructuring of rice farming areas: a comparative study of Tanzania and Uganda, Leverhulme Centre for the Study of Value Working Papers Series, .
- Greco E (2015) Landlords in the making: class dynamics of the land grab in Mbarali, Tanzania, Review of African Political Economy, pp.225-244. doi: 10.1080/03056244.2014.992403
- Greco E (2015) Value or rent? A discussion of the research protocol from a political economic perspective, Leverhulme Centre for the Study of Value Working Papers Series, .
- Greco E (2012) Struggles and resistance against land dispossession in Africa: an overview., In: Allan JA (Ed) Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa, Routledge.
- Greco E () The land question revisited: Tanzania 1987 - 2007, .