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Marleen Dekker

Scientific Director/Professor African Studies in particular Inclusive development in Africa

Prof.dr. M. Dekker
+31 71 527 6715

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 and Director of the African Studies Centre Leiden. She is trained as a human geographer and holds a PhD in Development Economics. Marleen Dekker's research is interdisciplinary in nature and analyses the role of social norms and networks in accessing markets and local socio-economic development. The focus of her work is on behavioural determinants of access to and use of formal and informal financial services, including informal insurance networks, community-based health insurance and intra-household resource sharing. In a new initiative, Marleen facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration with natural scientists to develop African air quality and climate change models.

Marleen has collaborated in several international research projects in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Togo, Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria on social networks, insurance, CSO advocacy, marriage and intra-household collaboration. From 2014 to 2021, Marleen was the coordinator of the Secretariat of INCLUDE, the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies in Africa. The platform supports research, shares relevant knowledge with policy makers and practitioners and organises international policy dialogues on inclusive development themes both in The Netherlands and in African countries.

She is the academic coordinator of the LDE minor African Dynamics and the academic lead of the EUniWell SPOC: Decentring global epistemologies of Well-being. Marleen is a also member of INCLUDE knowledge platform, the AIV-COS as well as the NWO-NWA-SDG initiative group.  

CV Marleen Dekker

Scientific Director/Professor African Studies in particular Inclusive development in Africa

  • Afrika-Studiecentrum

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3A01



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