Dr Carolin  Hulke

Dr Carolin Hulke

Assistant Professor in Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

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CKK 4.03
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Key Expertise
Economic Geography in the Global South, Global/Regional Value Chains

About me

Carolin Hulke is an economic geographer, who joined the department as an Assistant Professor in Economic Geography in August 2023. She has finished her PhD on local and regional horticulture value chains in Namibia and their interlinkages to the global tourism industry (“Development beyond global integration: Livelihood strategies, small-scale agriculture, and regional value chains in Namibian conservation areas”) at the University of Cologne (Germany) in 2022.

Carolin’s research focuses on the complex interlinkages between globalised economies and local development outcomes from the perspectives of regional resilience, livelihood wellbeing and inclusive development in Global South countries. In examining these topics, she is particularly interested in processes of multi-layered governance to enhance sustainability in value chains from an evolutionary perspective. Carolin has been engaged in a large collaborative research centre (“Future Rural Africa”) from 2018 to 2023, where she has conducted in-depth mixed-methods research in Southern Africa in an international and interdisciplinary team.

Conceptually, Carolin is interested in critical approaches towards global value chains and production networks, regional value chains and regionalisation dynamics linked to multiple crises, and new path creation. Her broader research questions revolve around how rural regions in the global south can transform their economies in socially and environmentally sensitive ways, how these transformation processes are governed, and who is benefiting or being left out. 

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Selected publications

  • Revilla Diez, J.; Hulke, C.; Kalvelage, L. (2023): Chapter 3 - Value Chains and Global Production Networks: Conceptual considerations and economic development in the ‘wild’. In: Ed: Currey, J.: Conservation, Markets, And The Environment In Southern And Eastern Africa Commodifying The ‘Wild’, edited by J. Currey
  • Hulke, C.; Kalvelage, L.; Kairu, J.; Revilla Diez, J.; Rutina, L. (2022): Navigating through the storm: conservancies as local institutions for regional resilience in Zambezi, Namibia. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. Free access link.
  • Hulke, C.; Revilla Diez, J. (2022): Understanding regional value chain evolution in peripheral areas through governance interactions – An institutional layering approach. Applied Geography 139. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2022.102640 .
  • Breul, M.; Hulke, C.; Kalvelage, L. (2021): Path Formation and Reformation: Studying the Variegated Consequences of Path Creation for Regional Development. Economic Geography, S. 1–22. https://doi.org/10.1080/00130095.2021.1922277
  • Hulke, Carolin; Kairu, Jim Kariuki; Diez, Javier Revilla (2020): Development visions, livelihood realities – how conservation shapes agricultural value chains in the Zambezi region, Namibia. Development Southern Africa, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1080/0376835X.2020.1838260
  • Hulke, H.; Revilla Diez, J. (2020): Building adaptive capacity to external risks through collective action - Social learning mechanisms of smallholders in rural Vietnam. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101829