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Dr Helena Perez Nino

DST/NRF Research Fellow

Student Focus:

Agrarian political economy

Biography:

Helena Pérez Niño is a Postdoctoral Fellow at PLAAS, the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of Western Cape in South Africa where she conducts research on agrarian political economy in Southern Africa. Her work on contract farming and tobacco agriculture focuses on the production relations within households and between farmers and workers in agrarian frontiers. Prior to joining PLAAS, Helena was a teaching fellow on agrarian development, post-conflict transitions and the political economy of development at SOAS, University of London where she obtained her PhD with a dissertation on postconflict reconstruction and the tobacco boom on the Malawi-Mozambique borderland. She has published on foreign aid, mining, agriculture and transport sectors in Angola and Mozambique.

Awards:

  • Bursary from IESE, Maputo and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland, for field research on the development of the road freight sector in central Mozambique (2012). 
  • Bloomsbury College Studentship- Remission of fees and stipend for completion of PhD (3 yrs).
  • LIDC award for the year of PhD archival research and fieldwork in Mozambique.

Qualifications:

  • PhD in Development Studies. Department of development studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2014).
  • MSc. Violence, conflict and development. Department of development studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2009).

Publications

  1. Pérez Niño, Helena and Le Billon, Philippe (2016). The effects of foreign aid on political settlements: the case of Mozambique and the contrast of Angola. In Hagmann, T. and F. Reyntjens (Eds). Development without democracy: foreign aid and authoritarian regimes in Africa. Zed Books.
  2. Pérez Niño, Helena (2015). The rise of tobacco agriculture in Mozambique: questions and challenges for a transforming sector. In Castel-Branco, C. N., N. Massinge and C. Muianga (Eds). Questions on productive development in Mozambique. IESE: Maputo (English and Portuguese editions).
  3. Pérez Niño, Helena (2015). The road ahead: the development and prospects of the road freight sector in Mozambique, a case study in the Beira corridor. In Castel-Branco, C. N., N. Massinge and C. Muianga (Eds). Questions on productive development in Mozambique. IESE: Maputo (English and Portuguese editions).
  4. Pérez Niño, Helena and Le Billon, Philippe (2014). Foreign aid, resource rents and state fragility in Mozambique and Angola. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. November 2014 656: 79-96.
  5. Goodhand, J., P. Meehan and H. Pérez-Niño (2014) Drugs, (dis)order and agrarian change: the political economy of drugs and its relevance to international drug policy. Occasional publications, NOREF.
  6. Pérez Niño, Helena (2014). Review of: Land and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, by Unruh, Jon, and Rhodri Williams, eds. Abingdon/ New York: Earthscan. Routledge. 2013. pp. xv + 627. ISBN: 9781849712316. (Journal of Agrarian Change, 14:4)
  7. Pérez Niño, H. (2014). O Caminho pela Frente: Desenvolvimento Actual e Perspectivas Futuras do Sector do Transporte Rodoviário de Mercadorias em Moçambique. Um Estudo de Caso no Corredor da Beira. In: Desafios para Moçambique, 2014. Maputo: IESE. Book chapter on the road freight sector in Mozambique.
  8. Pérez Niño, H. (2014). O Crescimento da Cultura do Tabaco em Moçambique: Questões e Desafios para um Sector em Transformação. In: Desafios para Moçambique, 2014. Maputo: IESE. Book chapter on tobacco agriculture in Mozambique.
  9. Pérez Niño, Helena and Le Billon, Philippe (2013). Foreign aid, resource rents and institutionbuilding in Mozambique and Angola (No. 2013/102). WIDER Working Paper.
  10. Pérez Niño, Helena and Casimira Benge. (2006). O Impacto das Acusações de Feitiçaria contra Crianças em Angola: Uma Análise na Perspectiva da Proteção dos Direitos Humanos. Luanda: INAC/UNICEF Angola.