My PhD research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), focuses on the politics of devolution in Kenya. My thesis deals with understanding the local state, including how democratic institutions build legitimacy and the politics of representation. My work also covers elections in sub-national political arenas and the politics of 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: the politics of secession." In Nic Cheeseman, Karuti Kanyinga and Gabrielle Lynch (eds) Oxford Handbook of Kenyan Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, under review.
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 Pyper, Neil (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