SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Elizabeth Hull

BSc, MSc, PhD (London School of Economics)
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Elizabeth Hull
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Lecturer in Anthropology

SOAS Food Studies Centre

Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre

Dr Elizabeth Hull
Email address:
020 7898 4766
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Office Hours:
Mondays 12.30-14.30 (Term 1 Only)
On Sabbatical:
On Research Leave - Term 2


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.


Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Francesca Vaghi, The Food Practices of Young Children in Childcare and at Home: A Cross Context Approach in a Multi-ethnic London Region
  • Nafsika Papacharalampous, The Metamorphosis of the Greek Cuisine: National identity, tradition, heritage and memory as narratives of change from the Athens Market (working title).


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 (

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.


Authored Books

Hull, Elizabeth (2017) Contingent Citizens: Professional Aspiration in a South African Hospital. London: Bloomsbury. [Forthcoming]


Pritchard, Bill and Dixon, Jane and Hull, Elizabeth and Choithani, Chetan (2016) '‘Stepping back and moving in’: The Role of the State in the Contemporary Food Regime'. Journal of Peasant Studies, (43) 3, pp 693-710.

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.

Edited Books

James, Deborah and Hull, Elizabeth, (eds.), (2012) Popular Economies in South Africa. Africa: Journal of the International Africa Institute. (Special Issue Vol. 82 No. 1).

Book Chapters

Hull, Elizabeth (2017) 'The Renewal of Community Health Under the KwaZulu "Homeland" Government'. In: Ally, S. and Lissoni, A., (eds.), New Histories of South Africa's Apartheid-Era Bantustans. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.

Hull, Elizabeth (2016) 'Supermarket Expansion, Informal Retail and Food Acquisition Strategies:An Example from Rural South Africa'. In: Klein, Jakob and Watson, James L, (eds.), The Handbook of Food and Anthropology. London: Bloomsbury.

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.

Monographs and Working Papers

Johnston, Deborah and Stevano, Sara and Malapit, Hazel and Hull, Elizabeth and Kadiyala, Suneetha (2015) Agriculture, Gendered Time Use, and Nutritional Outcomes: A Systematic Review. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Book Reviews

Hull, Elizabeth (2017) 'Review of: 'Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution' by James Ferguson, Duke University Press, 2015.'. Politique Africaine, (145) March, pp 197-218.

Hull, Elizabeth (2016) 'Review of: 'Rethinking the South African crisis: nationalism, populism, hegemony' by Gillian Hart, University of Georgia Press, 2014.'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, (22) 1, pp 217-218.

Hull, Elizabeth (2010) 'Review of 'Ethnicity, Inc.' by John L. and Jean Comaroff'. American Ethnologist, (37) 4, pp 860-861.


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