Dr Carolin Dieterle

Dr Carolin Dieterle

LSE Fellow

Department of Government

Room No
CBG 3.12
Office Hours
Tuesdays 13:30 - 15:30
Connect with me

English, German
Key Expertise
African Political Economy, Land Politics, Property Rights

About me

Carolin is an LSE Fellow in Global Politics. Before joining the Department of Government, she was an ESRC postdoctoral fellow in International Development at the LSE and a visiting fellow at the Institute for Poverty, Land, and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Carolin’s research focuses on property rights institutions, land acquisition, and conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. She is particularly interested in questions of land governance in the context of global and local politics, and the complex relationships between various forms of public authority, international policymaking, and colonial legacies.

She completed her PhD at the LSE Department of International Development in 2022. Her thesis studied the political economy of large-scale land investments and the diffusion of global governance norms in Uganda and Sierra Leone.

She has taught on various courses including Complex Emergencies (LSE), Understanding International Social and Public Policy (LSE), and Smart Town Planning and Land Policies (HfT Stuttgart).

Carolin is currently developing a research project on the commodification and formalization of communally owned and customary land in peri-urban regions in Africa.

Research interests

  • Comparative political economy
  • Global governance
  • Land and natural resource governance
  • African land politics and property rights
  • Large-scale land acquisition

Teaching responsibilities

  • GV4N3: The Politics of Globalization

Selected publications

  • Dieterle, C. (2023). Variations of customary tenure, chiefly power, and global norms for responsible land investments in Sierra Leone. African Affairs, 122(487), 245-267.
  • Dieterle, C. (2022). Global governance meets local land tenure: international codes of conduct for responsible land investments in Uganda. The Journal of Development Studies, 58(3), 582-598.