Steffi Hamann

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Phone number: 
519 824 4120 x52675
Education (doctoral degree): 
PhD, Political Science and International Development Studies, University of Guelph, 2017

Steffi Hamann’s research combines her academic background in Political Science with an interest in socio-economic development and global inequalities. She investigates the political economy of agricultural commodity investments and their impacts on local livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to joining the University of Guelph in 2012, she worked as a practitioner for the German development agency GIZ. Dr. Hamann has conducted extensive field work in Burkina Faso and Cameroon.


  • Steffi Hamann and Adam Sneyd. (2021). "Agri-Business Development in Cameroon: Colonial Legacies and Recent Tensions."  In L. Cochrane and N. Andrews (eds.) The Transnational Land Rush in Africa: A Decade After the Spike. International Political Economy Series. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 27-54.
  • Steffi Hamann. (2020). "The Global Food System, Agro-Industrialization and Governance: Alternative Conceptions for Sub-Saharan Africa." Globalizations 17(8), 1405-1420.
  • Steffi Hamann. (2020). "Not Home-Made: Historical and Contemporary Social Policy Dynamics in Cameroon." Global Social Policy 20(3), 286-304.
  • Steffi Hamann. (2018). "Agro-Industrialisation and Food Security: Dietary Diversity and Food Access of Workers in Cameroon’s Palm Oil Sector." Canadian Journal of Development Studies 39(1), 72-8.

Technical Guide

  • Steffi Hamann (2013). "Bridging the Gap: A Guide to Improving Humanitarian Practice to Support Long-Term Food Security." Humanitarian Coalition, Ottawa, ON. Humanitarian Coalition.
  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant 2020
  • Teaching and Learning Excellence Award for Early Career Faculty, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences 2019
  • Kari-Polanyi Levitt Prize 2016
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship 2012-2016