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Hannah Rose Elliott

Hannah Rose Elliott

PhD fellow

  • Centre for African Studies

    Karen Blixens Plads 16

    2300 København S

    Phone: +45 35 32 35 99

I joined the Centre of African Studies as a PhD Fellow in March 2013.

I hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Anthropology from the University of Manchester and the University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS). My research has focused on planning, temporality, displacement, markets and money in eastern Africa in various capacities: as a post-graduate student, an attachee with the British Institute in Eastern Africa, and as an independent consultant. 

Current research

My PhD project explores an economy of anticipation in Isiolo town, which has been identified as a future economic ‘hub’ under Kenya’s Vision 2030 development blueprint. Isiolo features as a key node in the LAPSSET project (Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport Corridor) which is anticipated to ‘open up’ Kenya’s under-developed northern region, turning a history of marginalization “on its head”. Isiolo’s repositioning in the national imagination from a border town to a ‘land beyond’ to a gateway to a ‘new frontier’ for economic growth has seen demand for land increase dramatically as people from across Kenya and beyond seek to secure a stake in the city of the future.  Ethnographically, my research focuses on land on the edges of town which was formerly allocated, occupied and grazed in customary ways by settled pastoralist communities and has since been commodified as residential plots. Here, I have been examining the generative effects of Vision 2030 plans in everyday life in Isiolo, and the permeation and reconfiguration of the ideas of ‘development’, ‘progress’, ‘modernity’ and ‘the future’ that they evoke.   

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