Alicia Hayashi Lazzarini is a human and economic geographer whose research explores contemporary and colonial investment in Africa. Her interdisciplinary research works between the humanities and social sciences to engage geographical and feminist political economy, postcolonial African studies, and critical development, race, and labor studies. She is particularly interested in capitalist dynamics in Portuguese-speaking and Southern Africa.
Alicia’s doctoral research investigated current and historical agroindustrial investment and its uneven productions of space, through multi-sited ethnographic and archival research in Southern Africa, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. She is currently extending this work in her book, provisionally titled “Luso-Capitalist Mozambique: (Re)Investments and the Production of Postcolonial Place”. The project examines how past layers of capitalist activity, racialized, migrant, and gendered land-labor regimes, and rural-urban transformations actively produce place in contemporary Mozambique.
Her newest research examines contemporary urban development and these projects’ linkages to rural space. She is especially interested in how East Asian capital flows produce novel – and newly unequal – spatial practices and forms in African context.
Before joining the Department of Geography and Environment, Alicia was a Postdoctoral Fellow of Geography at Bucknell University. She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota and is a former Fulbright Fellow to Mozambique.
Lazzarini, Alicia H. (Forthcoming). “Reinvestment, Resource ‘Rushes’, and the Inalienability of Place: Land’s Active Layerings in Mozambique.” The Annals of the American Association of Geographers.
Lazzarini, Alicia H. 2017. “Gendered Labour, Migratory Labour: Reforming Sugar Regimes in Xinavane, Mozambique.” Journal of Southern African Studies 43(3): 605-623. DOI: 10.1080/03057070.2016.1197695. Read article.