Research Associate, Department of History
Hanne is a postdoctoral research associate on the interdisciplinary NERC-funded project ‘Integrating ecological and cultural histories to inform sustainable and equitable futures for the Colombian páramos’. Based at the History Department, she analyses historical processes of socio-environmental change in peasant communities that inhabit the páramo region of the Colombian highlands.
Hanne holds a PhD in History from Ghent University (Belgium) with a study on the repercussions of nineteenth-century liberal land reforms on indigenous communities of the Bolivian highlands. After completing her PhD, she worked in development cooperation in Peru in coordination with local and international NGOs and grassroots movements. Following a position in the co-ordinating staff of the Ghent Center for Global Studies, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of History of Ghent University with a project on land conflicts and rural transformations in the Peruvian and Bolivian highlands (nineteenth and twentieth centuries). Meanwhile, she taught Latin American Studies at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies of the same university.
Hanne’s research interests are situated on the crossroads of rural history, critical global studies, and political ecology. She has extensive archival research and field work experience in Bolivia, Peru and Chile, where she collaborates with academic institutions and social organizations, and is currently extending her expertise to Colombia. She is an active member of several networks, including the Commodity Frontiers Initiative and the Belgian Latin America network ENCUENTRO.