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Assistant Professor
Area of expertise

Thematic Expertise: Smallholder Livelihoods, Rural Development, Resource Conflicts, Land grabbing, Poverty and inequality
Theoretical Expertise: Development Studies, Institutional Economics, Livelihoods approach, Social Capital Theory
Regional Expertise: Great Lakes Region (Africa), Sub-Saharan Africa
Methodological Expertise: Qualitative research methods, research ethics; emotional and ethical challenges when doing field research

Policy Area

Great Lakes Region (Africa), Sub-Saharan Africa


I teach various courses in relation to development studies and natural resource management. I teach a MOOC ‘Ressources naturelles et développement durable’ on the EdX platform. I also teach a course on qualitative research methods and field research.

Recent Publications


Ansoms, A. and T. Hilhorst (eds.) (2014), Losing your land: Dispossession in the Great Lakes, Woodbridge, James Currey.
Silva, L., Verhaegen, E., Ansoms, A. et Charlier, S. (eds.) (2014), Au-delà de l’accaparement. Ruptures et continuités dans l’accès aux ressources naturelles, Bruxelles, Peter Lang.
Thomson, S., Ansoms, A., and J. Murison (eds.), (2012), Emotional and Ethical Challenges for Field Research in Africa, Palgrave, ISBN: 978-113726374-2.


Ansoms, A., Wagemakers, I., Walker, M. and Murison, J. (2014) “Land contestation at the micro scale: Struggles for space in the African marshes”, World Development 54: 243-252.

Ansoms, A. (2013) “The ‘bitter fruit’ of a new agrarian model: Large-scale land deals and local livelihoods in Rwanda”, African Studies Review 56 (3): 1-23.

Ansoms, A. and D. Rostagno (2012) “Rwanda’s Vision 2020 halfway through: What the eye does not see”, Review of African Political Economy 39 (133): 427-450.

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