Professor African Studies in particular Inclusive development in Africa
For an overview of Marleen Dekker's research and publications, visit her profile on the ASCL website.
Marleen Dekker is Professor of Inclusive Development in Africa at Leiden University. She is trained as a human geographer and holds a PhD in Development Economics. Prof. Dekker is a hybrid researcher aiming to combine insights and methodologies from different disciplines as well as different backgrounds. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature and analyzes the role of social networks in accessing markets and local socio-economic development. The focus of her work is on access to formal and informal insurance networks, including community-based health insurance and intra-household resource sharing. Prof. Dekker has co-organized several international events including a conference on micro-insurance, seminars on land reform in Zimbabwe, women's bargaining power and economic development, and social protection. Furthermore, she has collaborated in several international research projects in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Togo and Nigeria on social networks, insurance and marriage and intra-household issues.
Since May 2014 Prof. Dekker is also the coordinator of the Secretariat of INCLUDE, the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies in Africa, that aims to promote the use of research evidence in policymaking on inclusive development. INCLUDE organizes international policy dialogues on inclusive development themes both in The Netherlands and in African countries.