SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Caroline Hambloch

BSc Economics (University Maastricht), MSc Economics (University of Copenhagen)
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Caroline Hambloch
Miss Caroline Hambloch
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Thesis title:
The Oil Palm Industries of the Philippines and Papua New Guinea
Year of Study:
Entry 2015/16
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PhD Research

My research centers around the oil palm industries and the broader agrarian political economy in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. I am investigating the local socio-economic causes and consequences of different production configurations of oil palm production. I make use of the Global Commodity Chain/Global Value Chain literature to analyze economic and social upgrading trajectories at the upstream end of the chain. In the case of PNG, I evaluate the sustainability certification Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). In 2017 I conducted 3-month fieldwork in Papua New Guinea (mainly New Britain island), and 3-month fieldwork in the Philippines (mainly Mindanao; also Palawan and Bohol). I use insights from this fieldwork as well as literature on agrarian political economy of land to investigate issues of land formalization/registration and land reform, their impact on economic and social sustainability, and their implications for value chain configurations.


Paper presentations at:

  • 'Land and Poverty Conference 2018: Land Governance in an Interconnected World', World Bank, Washington DC, March 2018
  • Summer School on 'Global Agricultural Value Networks and Contract Farming in the Contemporary South', Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies, Harare, January 2018
  • 'The Political Economy of Inequalities and Instabilities in the 21st Century”, IIPPE , Berlin, September 2017
  • Third Annual Philippine Studies Workshop, SOAS, London, July 2017
  • 'Emerging Paradigms of Corporate Social Responsibility, Regulation and Governance', Centre for Responsible Business, Delhi, November 2016


  • Department of Economics
  • SOAS Food, Nutrition and Health in Development Cluster
  • SOAS Food Studies Centre


  • Applied Econometrics
  • Advanced Econometrics B


  • Development economics
  • Agrarian political economy; political economy of food and agriculture
  • Global value chains/global commodity chains
  • Econometrics
  • Land reform and redistribution