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Prof.dr. (leo) L.j. De Haan

Former Rector
Social Studies
Erasmus University Rotterdam


Leo de Haan is Professor of Development Studies and former Rector of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Professor De Haan is the former director of the African Studies Centre (ASC), Leiden and Professor of Development in Sub-Sahara Africa at Leiden University. 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). His previous research focused on the commercialization of agriculture, environmental management, pastoral livelihoods and resource conflicts among peasants and pastoralists, with an emphasis on Africa. His current research interests are the developmental state and the conceptualization of rural and urban livelihoods; international and national migration patterns resulting in the multi-locality of livelihoods; and the multi-dimensionality of poverty in the Global South.

Research Interest

Social Studies


  • L.J. de Haan (2016). Livelihoods in development. Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d'études du développement. doi:[go to publisher's site]

  • L.J. de Haan (2012). The Livelihood Approach: A Critical Exploiration. Erdkunde, 66 (4), 345-357. doi:[go to publisher's site]

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