Hickel, Jason

Dr Jason Hickel  


Position held

Non LSE positions held

Various institutions

Policy Consultant on African Affairs and Economic Development


Experience keywords:

African affairs; HIV/AIDS; agriculture; democracy; economic development; labour; liberalism; migration; political conflict; trade unions; violence; xenophobia

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Consultancy; Policy and Regulatory Bodies

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Africa; Britain; Lesotho; Nigeria; South Africa; South Sudan; Southern Africa; Sudan; Swaziland; Uganda; United States; Zimbabwe; sub-Saharan Africa


French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Hindi [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; SiSwati [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Zulu [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6933


Haynes, Naomi and Hickel, Jason (2016) Hierarchy, value, and the value of hierarchy Social Analysis, 60 (4). 1-20. ISSN 0155-977X

Hickel, Jason (2016) The true extent of global poverty and hunger: questioning the good news narrative of the Millennium Development Goals Third World Quarterly, 37 (5). 749-767. ISSN 0143-6597


Hickel, Jason (2014) Book review: Capital in the twenty-first century Global Policy Journal (9 Jul 2014) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2014) Exposing the great ‘poverty reduction’ lie South Asia @ LSE blog (29 Aug 2014) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2014) Book review: the South Africa reader: history, culture, politics edited by Clifton Crais and Thomas McClendon Impact of Social Sciences Blog (2 Apr 2014) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2014) "Xenophobia" in South Africa: order, chaos, and the moral economy of witchcraft Cultural Anthropology, 29 (1). 103-127. ISSN 1548-1360


Hickel, Jason and Healy, Megan, eds (2013) The politics of home in KwaZulu-Natal University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, Scottsville, South Africa.

Hickel, Jason (2013) The real experience industry: student development projects and the depoliticization of poverty Learning and Teaching, 6 (2). 11-32. ISSN 1755-2273


Hickel, Jason (2012) Egypt’s revolution is not yet over Le Monde Diplomatique (1 Jun 2012) opinion

Hickel, Jason (2012) Liberalism and the politics of Occupy Wall Street Anthropology of This Century, 4. ISSN 2047-6345

Hickel, Jason (2012) Neoliberal plague: AIDS and global capitalism Al Jazeera (7 Dec 2012) opinion

Hickel, Jason (2012) Neoliberal Egypt: the hijacked revolution Al Jazeera (29 Mar 2012) opinion

Hickel, Jason (2012) The World Bank and the development delusion Al Jazeera (27 Sep 2012) opinion

Hickel, Jason (2012) Constituting the commons: oil and development in post-independence South Sudan In: Winderquist, Karl and Howard, Mike, (eds.) Exporting the Alaska Model: Adapting the Permanent Fund Dividend for Reform Around the World. Exploring the basic income guarantee. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137006592

Hickel, Jason (2012) Can South Sudan learn from the Alaska model? The Africa Report (29 Jun 2012)

Hickel, Jason and Khan, Arsaln (2012) The culture of capitalism and the crisis of critique Anthropological Quarterly, 85 (1). 203-227. ISSN 0003-5491

Hickel, Jason (2012) Book Review: Occupy! scenes from occupied America LSE Review of Books (28 Jul 2012) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2012) Book Review: the future is now: a new look at African diaspora studies LSE Review of Books (8 Oct 2012) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2012) In the upcoming elections, Egyptians have been given a nonchoice between candidates that are both likely to uphold the neoliberal policies of the past two decades LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (4 Jun 2012) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2012) Book review: how Occupy activists fell in love with their own radical horizontalism and fetishized physical occupation LSE Review of Books (28 Jul 2012) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2012) A short history of Neoliberalism (and how we can fix it) New Left Project (1 Jun 2012) opinion

Hickel, Jason (2012) Social engineering and revolutionary consciousness: domestic transformations in colonial South Africa History and Anthropology, 23 (3). 301-322. ISSN 0275-7206

Hickel, Jason (2012) Neoliberal plague: the political economy of HIV transmission in Swaziland Journal of Southern African Studies, 38 (3). 513-529. ISSN 0305-7070

Hickel, Jason (2012) Subaltern consciousness in South Africa’s labor movement: ‘workerism’ in the KwaZulu-Natal sugar industry South African Historical Journal, 64 (3). 664-684. ISSN 0258-2473


Hickel, Jason (2011) How to occupy the world Pulse (15 Dec 2011) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2011) Rich, white and crazy Thought Leader (10 Oct 2011) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2011) Rethinking sweatshop economics Foreign Policy in Focus (1 Jul 2011) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2011) Trading with the enemy Foreign Policy in Focus (16 Feb 2011) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2011) Saving Uganda from Its Oil Foreign Policy in Focus (16 Jun 2011) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2011) Saving Uganda from its oil Foreign Policy in Focus (16 Jun 2011) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2011) Fallacy of ‘freedom’: USAid and neoliberal policy in Egypt The Africa Report (14 Mar 2011) Blog entry

Hickel, Jason (2011) Sweatshop sugar: labour exploitation in South Africa’s cane fields The Africa Report (29 Sep 2011) Blog entry


Hickel, Jason (2010) Invictus: Hollywood pretends to learn from Nelson Mandela Monthly Review Zine.

Hickel, Jason (2010) Africa, nature, and the march of the development technocrats Monthly Review Zine.

Hickel, Jason (2010) Prosperity or plunder?: Nigeria slipping at an oily crossroads Monthly Review Zine.

Hickel, Jason (2010) From rights to commons: dispatches from the South African revolution Monthly Review Zine.

Hickel, Jason (2010) The US, the AU and the new scramble for Africa Pambazuka News, 502. ISSN 1753-6839

Hickel, Jason (2010) Rethinking Jeffrey Sachs and the ‘Big Five’: new proposals for the end of poverty Pambazuka News, 470. ISSN 1753-6839


Hickel, Jason (2009) Not so sweet history of sugar unions in South Africa South African Labour Bulletin , 33 (3). ISSN 0377-5429


Hickel, Jason (2006) Narratives of development: colonizing the histories of the poor. In: Reflections from our Journey, Visioning a Future: Emerging Paths in Transformational Development for a Globalizing World, 23-24 February, 2006, Wheaton (Illinois), USA

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