Dr Matteo Rizzo
BA (L'Orientale), MSc (London), PhD (London)
Lecturer in Development Research Methods
Lecturer in the Economics of Africa
Research Cluster Member
- Dr Matteo Rizzo
- Email address:
- 0207 898 4836
- SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
- Russell Square: College Buildings
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- On Sabbatical:
- 2015/16 Full academic year
Matteo has degrees from "L'Orientale" University (Naples, Italy) and SOAS (MSc and PhD), where he also completed an ESRC post-doctorate fellowship. Matteo has taught at SOAS, LSE, Oxford and Cambridge, where he was a Smuts Research Fellow in African Studies at the Centre of African Studies. Matteo also worked for over two years as a policy adviser on rural poverty for Save the Children UK and as a consultant for the ILO, SIDA and Oxfam GB.
Matteo is an editorial board member of the Review of African Political Economy.
- African Economic Development 1 (MSc RID)
- Battlefields of Method: Approaches to International Development Research (MSc RID)
- The political economy of development in Africa
PhD Students supervised
- Jiayi Han, The Division of Labor and Integration: A Study of Industrialization in the Pearl River Delta Region of China
Matteo's research interests are the economics of Africa, the political economy of development, the present as well as its history with a focus on Eastern Africa (with fieldwork experience in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Liberia). A specialist of Tanzania, and fluent in Swahili, his own work has so far focussed on the history of rural development and agrarian change in Southern Tanzania, economic deregulation, privatisation and urban informal labour markets in Dar es Salaam, development aid effectiveness, and the role (potential or actual) of civil society (NGOs and trade unions) in development. Labour markets, their functioning and their politics, are a theme running through his work to date.
Weeks, John and Andersson, David and Cramer, Christopher and Geda, Alemayehu and Hailu, Degol and Muhereza, Frank and Rizzo, Mateo and Ronge, Eric and Stein, Howard (2002) Supporting Ownership: Swedish Development Cooperation with Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Volume 2: Country Studies. Sweden: Sida.
Weeks, John and Andersson, David and Cramer, Christopher and Geda, Alemayehu and Hailu, Degol and Muhereza, Frank and Rizzo, Mateo and Ronge, Eric and Stein, Howard (2002) Supporting Ownership: Swedish Development Cooperation with Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Volume 1: Synthesis Report. Sweden: Sida.
Rizzo, Matteo (2015) 'The Political Economy of an Urban Megaproject: the Bus Rapid Transit Project in Tanzania.' African Affairs, 114 (455). pp. 249-270.
Rizzo, Matteo and Kilama, Blandina and Wuyts, Marc (2014) 'The Invisibility of Wage Employment in Statistics on the Informal Economy in Africa: Causes and Consequences.' Journal of Development Studies, 51 (2). pp. 149-161.
Cotula, Lorenzo and Oya, Carlos and Codjoe, Emmanuel A. and Eid, Abdurehman and Kakraba-Ampeh, Mark and Keeley, James and Lokaley Kidewa, Admasu and Makwarimba, Melissa and Michago Seide, Wondwosen and Ole Nasha, William and Owusu Asare, Richard and Rizzo, Matteo (2014) 'Testing Claims about Large Land Deals in Africa: Findings from a Multi-Country Study.' Journal of Development Studies, 50 (7). pp. 903-925.
Rizzo, Matteo (2014) 'A response to Gundula Fischer's comment.' Review of African Political Economy, 41 (140). pp. 311-315.
Rizzo, Matteo (2013) 'Informalisation and the end of trade unionism as we knew it? Dissenting remarks from a Tanzanian case study.' Review of African Political Economy, 40 (136). pp. 290-308.
Rizzo, Matteo (2011) 'The Struggles of Informal Transport Workers in Tanzania: Debunking the Myth of Micro Solutions.' CDPR Development Viewpoint, 68 .
Rizzo, Matteo (2011) '"Life is War"! Informal Transport Workers and Neoliberalism in Tanzania, 1998-2009.' Development and Change, 42 (5). pp. 179-206.
Rizzo, Matteo (2009) 'Becoming wealthy: the life-history of a rural entrepreneur in Tanzania 1922-1980s.' Journal of Eastern African Studies, 3 (2). pp. 221-239.
Rizzo, Matteo (2009) 'The struggle for alternatives: NGOs’ responses to the 2008 World Development Report.' Journal of Agrarian Change, 9 (2). pp. 277-290.
Rizzo, Matteo (2006) 'What was left of the groundnut scheme: Development Disaster and Labour Market in Southern Tanganyika 1946-1952.' Journal of Agrarian Change, 6 (2). pp. 205-238.
Rizzo, Matteo (2002) 'Being taken for a ride: Privatisation of the Dar es Salaam transport system 1983-1998.' Journal of Modern African Studies, 40 (1). pp. 133-157.
Rizzo, Matteo (2000) 'Gli operatori del trasporto informale a Dar es Salaam (Informal transport operators in Dar es Salaam).' Afriche e Orienti, 4 . pp. 53-67.
Rizzo, Matteo (2011) Addressing inequality in rural labour markets: A review of current policy neglect in Ethiopia and Rwanda and a framework to begin to address it. Geneva: International Labour Organization. Policy Integration Working Paper, no. 103.
Rizzo, Matteo (2010) 'Book review of "La Vía Campesina: Globalization and the Power of Peasants" by Annette Aurélie Desmarais.' Journal of Peasant Studies, 37 (3).