SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Dr Bernd Mueller

Diplom-Volkswirt (MSc) (Muenster) PhD (SOAS)
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Bernd Mueller
Agrarian Change and Development

Research Cluster Member

Department of Development Studies

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Dr Bernd Mueller
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East Africa (in particular: Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda), labour markets, political economy of development, agriculture, poverty reduction, agrarian change, livelihood diversification, development aid, commodity trade



Bernd is currently working as research officer in a 4-year research project on 'Fair Trade, Employment, and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda' which is conducted by SOAS researchers with the support from the UK Department for International Development (DfID). The research aims to improve our knowledge of the transmission mechanism linking trade in agricultural commodities with poverty reduction, especially via labour markets and it pays particular attention to the various institutional arrangements, codes of practice and so on, including Fair Trade and other certification schemes, that have been developed with the intention of helping to improve poor people's welfare and to protect them against the vagaries of international commodity markets. In this role, Bernd has travelled extensively throughout Ethiopia and Uganda to conduct, manage, and guide the collection of primary data in the form of large-scale surveys.


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Cramer, Christopher and Johnston, Deborah and Mueller, Bernd and Oya, Carlos and Sender, John (2014) 'How to do (and how not to do) fieldwork on Fair Trade and rural poverty'. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, (35) 1, pp 170-185.

Mueller, Bernd (2012) 'The Poverty of the Smallholder Ideal: Highlighting Tanzania's Rural Labour Market'. Development Viewpoint 71.

Mueller, Bernd (2011) 'The agrarian question in Tanzania: using new evidence to reconcile an old debate'. Review of African Political Economy, (28) 127, pp 23-42.

Book Reviews

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Mueller, Bernd (2008) 'The Persistence of Subsistence Agriculture: Life Beneath the Level of the Marketplace - By Tony Waters'. Journal of Agrarian Change, (8) 4, pp 643-646.


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Mueller, Bernd (2011) Working for Development? A Study of the Political Economy of Rural Labour Markets in Tanzania. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. [Unpublished]


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