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Valeria Lukkari

PhD candidate, Lund University

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Research interests: African economic history and social stratification

My research is concerned with the history and economic development of the Global South – East Africa and Kenya in particular. I am interested in the investigation of the long-term inequality trends in this region and the exploration of the different groups driving these inequality trends in Africa. More specifically, the conceptualization and formation of the indigenous elites, their role in economic development and the sources and forms of elite wealth are some of my central research topics.

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Valeria Lukkari Lund University
Maria Mwaipopo Fibaek Lund University

Colonial Kenya is often characterised as a settler economy, where large farms of white settlers were run with African labor force. It quickly became an exporter of primary commodities, with coffee amongst the most lucrative cash crops, but with a relatively diverse economy. In this study, we examine long-run inequality trends starting in the colonial period with a special focus on scrutinising the elite classes that drove economic change. While previous research has concentrated on the European elites, we instead highlight the role of the African and Asian elites and how they were faring within this settler colony setting.