Thesis defence coming up: Three questions for Sascha Klocke
After completing the doctoral education PhD student Sascha Klocke will defend his thesis 22 September. Get a quick glimpse of his thesis, experiences and near future.
Hi, Sascha! You are about to defend your thesis Land, Labour, Legacies: Long-term Trends in Inequality and Living Standards in Tanzania, c.1920-2020. In short, what is your thesis about?
”My thesis investigates the long-term trend in income inequality and living standards in Tanzania over roughly the last century and explores the various drivers underlying these trends through a series of analytical narratives. A main focus lies on the roles African agency and colonial labour and agricultural policies played in shaping economic development under colonialism and beyond. I also investigate how post-colonial Tanzania successfully managed to overcome the colonial legacy of high economic inequality while simultaneously struggling to cast of its status as one of the poorest countries in the world. I find that the historically low living standards in Tanzania are rooted in the widespread socio-economic disruption resulting from colonial rule. Both before and after independence in 1961, the main obstacle to raising living standards for the general population was not income inequality itself, but the lack of access to diversified economic opportunities like cash crop production and wage labour.”
In three words, how would you describe your years as a PhD student at LUSEM?
(”Or in six words: I honestly had a great time!”)
What are you up to now?
”I am currently employed as a researcher at the Department of Economic History, continuing my work on estimating colonial-era income inequality in Tanzania. I also lecture on economic history, economic development, and research design throughout various programmes at Lund University. Besides this, I am also looking for funding opportunities that would allow me to continue my research in African economic history.”
Thank you, Sascha! Wishing you all the best!