Hemsteede, Roeland


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Trafficking in Persons || Social Protection || Resilience building

My interesests lie at the intersection of Power, Poverty, and Policy. Both my research and my consulting work focus on how (social) policy affects the lives of people at the margins of society, especially in a development context. As a postdoctoral researcher my research focusses on Trafficking in Persons in Uganda. More specifically, I focus on stakeholder engagement and understanding what requirements they have for a Modern Anti-Trafficking Support System using Earth Observation technology. This relates directly to SDG 8.7. My PhD related to SDG 1.3 and explored how power relations shape the design and implementation of cash transfers in Southern Africa. This has given me a solid understanding of the interactions between the key stakeholders involved in social protection systems and how they interact. As a consultant, I work towards building the resilience of people, services, and institutions in Nepal.


-       Ansell N, van Blerk L, Robson E, Hajdu F, Mwathunga E, Hlabana T and Hemsteede R 2019 “Social cash transfers, generational relations and youth poverty trajectories in rural Lesotho and Malawi”, Brunel University London, available at www.cashtransfers-youth.net 

-       Hemsteede, R. (2018). Reflections on empowerment: farm workers’ perspectives from South Africa (Reflexiones sobre el empoderamiento: las perspectivas de los trabajadores agrícolas de Sudáfrica). In: M. Sánchez, F. Pérez and I. Yoldi, ed., Transformaciones productivas, inmigración y cambios sociales en zonas vitivinícolas globalizadas. Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

-       Dietz, A.J., M.M.E.M. Rutten, M. van den Bergh, D.W.J. Foeken, S. Hees, R. Hemsteede, F. Jarawura, L. Nijzink, G. Seuren & F.Veldkamp, Water dynamics in the seven African countries of Dutch policy focus: Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan: General report and pressing needs. Leiden: African Studies Centre, 2014.


1) Hemsteede, R. (2020) Practise what you preach? How cash transfers remove power from people in poverty. Available at https://poverty-unpacked.org/2020/05/26/practise-what-you-preach/ 
2) Hemsteede, R. (2020) An SGSSS internship… In Nepal! Available at https://social.sgsss.ac.uk/blog/an-sgsss-internship-in-nepal/ 
3) Hemsteede, R. (2018) Social cash transfers: the risk of Malawi’s donor dependence. Available at https://issblog.nl/2018/11/27/development-dialogue-2018-social-cash-transfers-the-risk-of-malawis-donor-dependence-by-roeland-hemsteede 
4) Hemsteede, R. (2018). From manual to digital: First hand insight into Malawi’s Social Cash Transfer. Available at http://socialprotection.org/learn/blog/manual-digital-first-hand-insight-malawi’s-social-cash-transfer 
5) Hemsteede, R. (2018). Conditional or unconditional cash transfers? From ideology to policy dialogue. Available at http://socialprotection.org/learn/blog/conditional-or-unconditional-cash-transfers-ideology-policy-dialogue  
6) Hemsteede, R. (2017). Lesotho’s Child Grants Programme: From donor pilot to government programme. Available at http://socialprotection.org/learn/blog/lesotho’s-child-grants-programme-donor-pilot-government-programme  
7) Hemsteede, R. (2017). Community level implementation of cash transfers: Eligibility, fairness, and informal redistribution. Available at http://socialprotection.org/learn/blog/community-level-implementation-cash-transfers-eligibility-fairness-and-informal  
8) Hemsteede, R. (2017). Fragmented donor funding: Malawi’s Social Cash Transfer Programme. Available at http://socialprotection.org/learn/blog/fragmented-donor-funding-malawi’s-social-cash-transfer-programme 


Conferences and international seminars:
-       Invited (and funded) to present at the 2019 Social Policy in Africa conference, “Catalysts or constraints? How power relations shape the transformative potential of cash transfers”, 25 November 2019, Pretoria, South Africa.
-       Presentation at the Development Studies Association 2019 conference, “Processes of domination and resistance in the shaping of Malawi's cash transfer programmes”, 19 June 2019, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.
-       Presentation at the American Association of Geographers 2019 conference, “Pay to play? Power Relations in Malawi’s Social Cash Transfer Programme", 6 April 2019, Washington D.C., United States of America.

-       Presentation at the 16th Development Dialogue conference organised by the International Institute of Social Studies, “The Political Economy of Sustainable Cash Transfers: Lessons from Lesotho and Malawi", 2 November 2018, The Hague, The Netherlands.
-       Presentation at the African Studies Association UK conference, “The politics of cash transfer targeting: findings from Lesotho and Malawi”, 13 September 2017, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
-       Presentation at the African Studies Association UK conference, “Leading the way on a straight road: power relations in the design and implementation of cash transfers”, Birmingham, 11 September 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
-       Invited as a guest speaker at the international seminar “Zonas vitivinícolas, trabajadores inmigrantes transformaciones sociales” (Wine-growing areas, immigrant workers, social transformations)at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. 9 – 11 October 2017, Mexico City, Mexico.
-       Presentation at the RGS-IBG conference, postgraduate forum, “Knowledge is power: interviewing as an outsider”, 31 August 2017, London, United Kingdom.
-       Presentation at the RGS-IBG conference, Developing Areas Research Group, “Donor Involvement in Social Protection: The entrance and exit strategy for Lesotho’s Child Grants Program”, 30 August 2017, London, United Kingdom.


Media engagements:
-       Expert interview on the Dutch national radio (BNR Nieuwsradio) about the 2018 presidential elections in Zimbabwe, 31 July 2018.
-       Expert interview on the Dutch national radio (BNR Nieuwsradio) about the 2017 coup in Zimbabwe, 20 November 2017 (https://www.bnr.nl/player/audio/10071640/10333714

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Dundee

Award Date: 28 May 2020

Master of Arts, Leiden University

Award Date: 1 Sep 2013


  • G Geography (General)
  • Africa
  • Nepal
  • Trafficking in Persons
  • Social Protection
  • Resilience
  • Power