Anna Wolkenhauer is a political scientist and since 2022 a research associate (post-doc) at the Collaborative Research Centre 1342 in a project on social change in rural Africa. Before that, she was research associate at the InIIS and doctoral student at BIGSSS where she received her PhD in 2020 with a project on state formation and social policy in Zambia. She held visiting positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Zambia.
Social policy and social protection in Southern Africa
Agriculture and rural development
International food policies
Knowledge and expertise
Historical sociology and Grounded Theory Methodology
Social Policy and Rural Development in Africa, https://www.socialpolicydynamics.de/projects/project-area-b-transregional-dynamics/project-b09-2022-25-
Wolkenhauer, Anna, 2022. The colonial legacies of copper dependence: Inequality and bifurcated social protection in Zambia. In: Nullmeier, Frank, Delia González de Reufels, and Herbert Obinger (eds.): International Impacts on Social Policy: Short Histories in a Global Perspective. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 119-130.
Devereux, Stephen, and Anna Wolkenhauer, 2021. Agents, Coercive Learning, and Social Protection Policy Diffusion in Africa. IDS Working Paper 559, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, DOI: 10.19088/IDS.2021.068.
Wolkenhauer, Anna, 2021. Social Policy in Africa: The root causes of social problems. Review of Jimi Adesina, ed.: Social Policy in the African Context. Review of African Political Economy Blog, 23rd November, 2021.
Wolkenhauer, Anna, 2021. Bringing global capitalism back into the picture – social protection programmes in Africa. Review of African Political Economy Blog, 12th October 2021.
Wolkenhauer, Anna, 2021. Book Review: Iva Peša, 2019. Roads through Mwinilunga: A History of Social Change in Northwest Zambia. In: African Studies Quarterly, 20: 2, pp. 110-112.
Wolkenhauer, Anna, 2021. International Organizations and Food: Nearing the End of the Lean Season? In: Martens, Kerstin/Niemann, Dennis/Kaasch, Alexandra (eds.): International Organizations in Global Social Governance, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 297-321.
Anderl, Felix, and Anna Wolkenhauer, 2021. Keinen Plan fürs Land? In: Jacobin, online, 23rd March, 2021.
Wolkenhauer, Anna, 2020. Reviewed: Olivier de Sardan, Jean-Pierre and Emmanuelle Piccoli (eds); 2018, Cash Transfers in Context: An Anthropological Perspective. In: Critical Social Policy, 40: 3, pp. 494-496.
Wolkenhauer, Anna, 2018. Book Review: Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World by Crystal Biruk. In: LSE Review of Books.
Wolkenhauer, Anna, 2016. Can Social Protection bring developmental states back to Africa? Findings from Zambia. SASPEN Brief No. 7/2016.
Wolkenhauer, Anna, 2016. Transformative social protection: findings from the Zambian child grant and farmer input support programmes. The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth One-Pager No. 338.
Wolkenhauer, Anna, 2013. What accounts for opposition party strength? Exploring party-society linkages in Zambia and Ghana. International Development working paper no. 141, London: LSE.
Food Policies as Social Protection: The absence of international agricultural policy and implications for IR. Paper presented at the British International Studies Association Annual Conference, Newcastle, 14-17 June, 2022.
Social policy and austerity in 2022: protecting social protection. Presentation at the CRASSH workshop ‘The state and social welfare in the 21st century’, Cambridge and online, 7-8 April, 2022.
Social Policy and State Formation: Some Insights from Zambia. Presentation at the ‘Social Policy in Africa’ Conference, Pretoria and online, 22-24 Nov., 2021.
Land and Food. Lecture delivered at the Interdisciplinary Autumn Research School ‘Rethinking Extractivist Capitalism’, 30 Oct. 2021, University of Bremen and online.
The State Formation Effects of Social Protection: Some Findings from Zambia. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN), Johannesburg, 5-6 Oct. 2021.
Representation without a state: studying the long-term political consequences of neoliberalism in the countryside. Paper presented at the ECPR General Conference 2021, 30 Aug. – 03 Sept. 2021, online.
Welfare, labour and taxation: Redistribution during globalisation. Panel organised and chaired with Klaus Schlichte (University of Bremen); took place at the ECPR General Conference 2021, 30 Aug. – 03 Sept. 2021, online.
Globalization and Social Questions in the Countryside. Panel organised and chaired with Klaus Schlichte (University of Bremen); took place at the ECPR General Conference 2021, 30 Aug. – 03 Sept. 2021, online.
Social Policy and State Formation: Comparative insights from the Social Cash Transfer and ‘FISP’ in Zambia. Paper presented at the 22nd Biennial Conference of the International Consortium for Social Development, University of Johannesburg, 13-16 July 2021, online.
How Evidence-based Policymaking forms the State – Some Insights from Social Protection Programmes in Zambia. Paper presented at the European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), 30 June – 02 July 2021, online.
Are we so strange after all? Self-Reflexivity in Global Social Policy. Workshop organised together with John Berten (University of Tübingen); European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), 30 June – 02 July 2021, online.
State Formation and Social Policy in Zambia. Invited talk at the Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town, online, 22 June 2021.
How social protection makes the state - insights from Zambia. Invited talk at the AEGIS Collaborative Research Group African Politics and International Relations, #Exchange event series, online, 16 June 2021.
Knowing and unknowing the countryside – epistemological implications of rural social policy in Zambia. Invited talk at the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos), Cambridge, online, 03 June 2021.
Representation without a state: studying the long-term political consequences of neoliberalism in the countryside. Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, online, 04/2021.
The ‘Double Translation’ of Social Protection: The role of agents and coercive learning in social policy diffusion in Sub-Saharan Africa. Paper presented at the International Conference on Policy Diffusion and Development Cooperation, online, 02/2021, with Stephen Devereux (IDS).
Constructing history: The multiple narratives about the post-independence Zambian state in social policy. Paper presented in pre-workshop of the 2021 EWIS workshop 'Self-reflexivity in Global Social and Development Policy', online, 07/2020.
Strangeness as an Asset: Self-reflexivity in Global Social and Development Policy. Framing paper presented in pre-workshop of the 2021 EWIS workshop 'Self-reflexivity in Global Social and Development Policy', online, 07/2020, with John Berten (University of Tübingen).
Government by community and the effects on the state: Findings from social policy in Zambia. Paper presented in the Internationalised Politics Colloquium, online, 06/2020.
The legacy of economic dualism and the de-politicisation of social policy in Zambia. Paper presented in InIIS-BIGSSS Colloquium, University of Bremen, 11/2019.
Studying welfare states – a case for re-politicising social policy research on Africa. Paper presented at NordWel Summer School, Bremen, 08/2019.
Social Policy and Statehood in Zambia. Presentation in the qualitative social policy colloquium, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, 03/2019.
Activation or Protection? Social Policy Dynamics under a Development Imperative – the Zambian Case. Paper presented in InIIS-BIGSSS Colloquium, University of Bremen, 12/2018.
Social Policy and Statehood in Zambia. Presentation of my project at the annual conference of the Development Studies Association (DSA), Manchester, 06/2018.
Social Policy and Statehood in Zambia. Paper and project presentation in Research Class/Forschungswerkstatt BGHS Global Social Policy, University of Bielefeld 06/2018
How is the Zambian state formed in social policy? My PhD project with some tentative conclusions. Presentation at Southern African Institute for Policy and Research, Lusaka, Zambia, 03/2018.
Getting to know the poor: why evidence matters in (global) social policy in Zambia. Paper presented at IB Sektionstagung of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft (DVPW), University of Bremen, 10/2017.
Potentials and Challenges of the use of ethnographic methods in an IR project. Presentation at Indemini Summer School, Indemini, Switzerland, 08/2016.
Can Social Protection be Transformative? Findings from Zambia. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN), Johannesburg, South Africa, 10/2015.
Social Theory and International Relations (MA)
Übung zur Einführung in die Politische Theorie (BA)
"Walk and Talk" (Lesegruppe)
Politik auf dem Land (BA)
Übung zur Einführungsvorlesung Internationale Beziehungen (BA)
African Political Thought (BA)
Knowledge in Global Social Policy (BA)
Food Security - Theory, History and Policy (BA)
African States since Independence - Ups and Downs in Development Planning (BA)
Social Policy in International Development (BA), mit Daria Ukhova
Globalised Politics and Statehood in Africa (BA)
Einführung in das politikwissenschaftliche Arbeiten (BA)