Michiel de Haas is assistant professor at the Rural and Environmental History Group. He graduated with a BA in liberal arts and sciences (2007, Summa Cum Laude) and an MA in history (2012, Cum Laude) from Utrecht University. He completed his Ph.D. (2017, Cum Laude) at Wageningen University, with a thesis entitled Rural livelihoods and agricultural commercialization in colonial Uganda: conjunctures of external influences and local realities. His research focuses on the economic history of sub-Saharan Africa, with expertise in rural East and Central Africa, Uganda in particular. His thematic interests include the long-term development of living standards, economic migration, social and economic inequality, as well as the determinants and impact of agricultural commercialization and primary commodity specialization.
De Haas, M. 'Moving beyond colonial control? Market forces and shifting migration from Ruanda-Urundi to Buganda, 1920-1960' Journal of African History 60, 3 (2019), pp. 376-406.
De Haas, M. and E.H.P. Frankema, ‘Gender, ethnicity and unequal opportunity in colonial Uganda: European influences, African realities and the pitfalls of parish register data’, The Economic History Review, 71, 3 (2018), pp. 965-994
De Haas, M. ‘Measuring rural welfare in colonial Africa: did Uganda's smallholders thrive?’ The Economic History Review, 70, 2 (2017), pp. 605-31.
Papaioannou, K.J. and M. de Haas, ‘Weather shocks and agricultural commercialization in colonial tropical Africa: did cash crops alleviate social distress?’ World Development, 94 (2017), pp. 346-65.