My PhD research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is on the politics of decentralisation in Kenya (2013-17). My research takes the perspectives of newly-elected and appointed local politicians and bureaucrats to explore a changing local state. It asks how state and democratic institutions build legitimacy and explores the politics of representation, especially at election times. My research brings an 'everyday' perspective to the broader themes of decentralisation, democratisation, citizen-state relations, elections, development and security. I am supervised by Professor Gabrielle Lynch and Professor Daniel Branch.
Prior to beginning my doctorate in January 2016, I worked as Senior Africa Analyst for Oxford Analytica, a geopolitical advisory and analysis firm. My professional career to date has included several roles for research and education organisations, in the UK and in Kenya, including the Rift Valley Institute and the British Institute in Eastern Africa. I completed a Masters in African Studies with Distinction at the University of Oxford (2008-09).
I regularly tweet here on broader issues, from African politics to feminism.
Waddilove, Hannah. "Support or subvert? Assessing devolution’s effect on central power during Kenya’s 2017 presidential rerun". Journal of Eastern African Studies (accepted, forthcoming).
Waddilove, Hannah. "The Coast: an elusive political bloc." In Nic Cheeseman, Karuti Kanyinga and Gabrielle Lynch (eds) Oxford Handbook of Kenyan Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
Briefing Papers, Editorials & Reports
Waddilove, Hannah (2017). Cultural Identity: Kenya and the coast. Rift Valley Institute. http://riftvalley.net/publication/cultural-identity-kenya-and-coast#.W3wPNX4nZTY
Waddilove, Hannah (2017). Big Barrier: youth unemployment at the coast. Rift Valley Institute. http://riftvalley.net/publication/big-barrier-youth-unemployment-coast#.W3wPgH4nZTY
Waddilove, Hannah (2017). Coal: Development, energy and employment. Rift Valley Institute. http://riftvalley.net/publication/coal-development-energy-and-employment#.W3wPl34nZTY
Contributions to blogs and online debates
Waddilove, Hannah. (August 18, 2017). "Kenyans voted for change and got it...at the local level." African Arguments http://africanarguments.org/2017/08/18/kenya-voted-for-change-and-got-it-at-the-local-level-elections/
Waddilove, Hannah and Neil Pyper (February 15, 2016). "Why the UK government should care about Giulio Regeni." Times Higher Education. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/why-uk-government-should-care-about-giulio-regeni