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Prof Ruth Hall

SARChl Chair and Professor

professor ruth hall



Professor Ruth Hall holds the South African Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, which is funded by the National Research Foundation. The Chair is located at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape.

She holds a DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford, where she previously obtained an MPhil in Development Studies. Her first two degrees were from the University of Cape Town.

Professor Hall has published extensively on land reform, tenure and governance in Africa, with a focus on transnational land investments. She convenes a continent-wide accredited short course for land professionals, activists and officials and on the Political Economy of Land

Research Focus

Land rights and agrarian reform; land deals in Africa


  • DPhil in Politics, University of Oxford
  • MPhil in Development Studies, University of Oxford
  • BSocSc (Hons) in Political Studies, University of Cape Town

Selected Publications

  • Hall, R. and Cousins, B. 2017. Exporting contradictions: the expansion of South African agrarian capital within Africa. Globalizations, 15(1): 12-31.
  • Hall, R., Scoones, I. and Tsikata, D. 2017. Plantations, outgrowers and commercial farming in Africa: agricultural commercialisation and implications for agrarian change. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 44(3): 515-537.
  • Kepe, T. and Hall, R. 2017. Creating learning and action space in South Africa’s post-apartheid land redistribution program. Action Research.
  • Lawry, S., Samii, C., Hall, R., Leopold, A., Hornby, D. and Mtero, F. 2016. The impact of land property rights interventions on investment and agricultural productivity in developing countries: a systematic review. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 9(1): 61-81.
  • McKay, B., Hall, R. and Liu, J. (2016). The rise of BRICS: implications for global agrarian transformation. Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, 1(5): 581-591.
  • Scoones, I., Edelman, M., Borras, S., Hall, R., Wolford, W. and White, B. 2017. Emancipatory rural politics: confronting authoritarian populism. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 45(1): 1-20.