- Tanja Hendriks
- Edinburgh UK
- Research Interests
- Malawi, ethnography, Anthropology of the state, civil servants, disaster governance, relief interventions, Humanitarianism, Bureaucracy, everyday practices, Anthropology of development, state legitimacy, sovereignty, human security, Storytelling and ethnography, linguistic anthropology, Chichewa, time and temporality, emergency, crisis
States are commonly considered responsible for protecting their citizens from harm and safeguarding their livelihoods. Yet this is no easy task for Malawi; a donor-dependent and disaster prone country with limited state capacity. When disaster strikes, the Malawi state thus engages in complex collaborations with donors, non-governmental organizations, global humanitarian aid institutions, volunteers and (affected) citizens to carry out relief interventions. By exploring these collaborations with a focus on the everyday practices of civil servants working in the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, I aim to answer the following research question: how do the everyday practices of governing in disaster relief interventions shape and construct the legitimacy of the Malawi state?
Research Master’s (MA) in African Studies, African Studies Centre, Leiden University (2013 – 2016). Judicium: cum laude. Fieldwork in Malawi.
Master of Science (MSc) in International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam (2013 – 2015). Judicium: cum laude. Fieldwork in Burundi.
Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, University of Amsterdam (2009 – 2012). Judicium: cum laude.
Africa Thesis Award 2016, African Studies Centre Leiden
2016 – 2018 Junior researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
September 2016 – September 2017: junior researcher in the NWO-funded project ‘Increasing Political Leverage of Informal and Formal Workers’ Organizations for Inclusive Development. The cases of Ghana and Benin’. Fieldwork in Accra, Ghana. Principal Investigator: Dr. Mayke Kaag.
September 2017 – September 2018: assistant to Professor Rijk van Dijk.
Hendriks, T.D. & Reis, R. & Sostakova, M. & Berckmoes, L.H. (2019) Violence and Vulnerability: Children’s Strategies and the Logic of Violence in Burundi. Children & Society 34 (1): 31 – 45. https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12349
Hendriks, T. D. & Boersma, F. K. (2019) Bringing the state back in to humanitarian crises response: Disaster governance and challenging collaborations in the 2015 Malawi flood response. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 40, 1-7. . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101262
Hendriks, T.D. (2017) ‘Collaboration and competition: market queens, trade unions and collective action of informal workers in Ghana’s Makola Market’ Interface: a journal for and about social movements, 9 (2): 162 – 187 (Nov/Dec 2017).
Hendriks, T.D. (2017) “Home is always home”. (Former) Street Youth in Blantyre, Malawi, and the Fluidity of Constructing Home. African Studies Collection, Volume 69. Leiden: African Studies Centre.