Dr Elizabeth Hull
BSc (London School of Economics), MSc PhD (London School of Economics)
Dr Elizabeth Hull is Lecturer in Anthropology at the SOAS Food Studies Centre and the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research in Agriculture and Health. Her current research focuses upon agricultural production, livelihoods and indebtedness among farmers, and the impact of these upon foodways and nutrition in South Africa. Her project is motivated by an interest in developing methodological and theoretical linkages between the study of agriculture, food consumption and human health.
Elizabeth Hull is a Lecturer in Anthropology at the Food Studies Centre and the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). Her current research examines the interactions between diverse livelihoods, the procurement, preparation and consumption of food, and the implications of these for health in the Makhathini agricultural region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She investigates how livelihoods and food practices are intercepted by government programmes, private initiatives and public narratives, and how these intersect to influence food security and agricultural systems. Dr Hull has carried out research in KwaZulu-Natal since 2006.
Earlier work has focused on health care provision and nursing livelihoods, and on government-led agricultural development projects including the setting up of a microfinance bank.
As part of LCIRAH, Dr Hull’s work contributes to a broad interdisciplinary network based at the London International Development Centre that aims to integrate research about agriculture and health, and to develop methodological tools for investigating the relationship between the two (www.lcirah.ac.uk).
In 2012, Dr Hull co-founded the Supermarkets Research Network (SuRN) with E. J. Abbots (University of Wales: Trinity St David), B. Coles (University of Leicester), M. Goodman (King’s College, London) and H.G. West (SOAS, University of London), which draws together and shares multi-disciplinary research on the changing role of supermarkets globally.
Hull, Elizabeth (2014) 'Bringing the City to the Country: Supermarket Expansion, Food Practices and Aesthetics in Rural South Africa.' In: Domingos, Nuno and Sobral, José Manuel and West, Harry G., (eds.), Food Between the Country and the City. London: Bloomsbury.
Hull, Elizabeth (2014) 'The Social Dynamics of Labor Shortage in South African Small-Scale Agriculture.' World Development, 59 . pp. 451-460.
Hull, Elizabeth and James, Deborah (2012) 'Introduction: Popular Economies in South Africa.' Africa: Journal of the International Africa Institute, 82 (1). pp. 1-19.
Hull, Elizabeth (2012) 'Banking in the bush: waiting for credit in South Africa's rural economy.' Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, 82 (1). pp. 168-186.
Hull, Elizabeth (2012) 'Paperwork and the contradictions of accountability in a South African hospital.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 18 . pp. 613-632.
Hull, Elizabeth (2012) 'The renewal of community health under the KwaZulu homeland government.' South African Historical Journal, 64 (1). pp. 22-40.
Hull, Elizabeth (2010) 'International migration, "domestic struggles" and status aspiration among nurses in South Africa.' Journal of Southern African Studies, 36 (4). pp. 851-867.
Hull, Elizabeth (2010) 'Review of 'Ethnicity, Inc.' by John L. and Jean Comaroff.' American Ethnologist, 37 (4). pp. 860-861.