De Grassi, Aharon

Lecturer, Department of Geography and Urban & Regional Planning


PhD, Geography, University of California, Berkeley

MPhil, Development Studies, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

BA, Development Studies, University of California, Berkeley


I am an inter-disciplinary geographer working on the political economy of rural development in Africa. My interests are in agrarian studies,  political ecology, and development studies. My current book project Rebuilding Angola focuses on oil-fuelled post-war reconstruction, particularly infrastructure linking rural and urban areas. I have also conducted research on and fieldwork in various other countries during my twenty years of experience with a range of institutions. I am interested in the geographical ways that states and societies interrelate, and how those interrelations shape hunger, poverty and practical opportunities for broadly improving people’s well-being.


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