Dietz, Prof. A.J. (Ton)

  • Professor in African Development
  • Director African Studies Centre
  • Africa
  • Human geography
  • Political environmental geography
  • Poverty analysis
  • Food security

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3376
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut CA/Ontwikkelingssociologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

Prof. Ton Dietz has been Director of the African Studies Centre since May 2010 and is also Professor of the Study of African Development at Leiden University. He gave his inaugural address at Leiden University entitled ‘Silverlining Africa’ on 14 January 2011. He gave an earlier inaugural lecture at the University of Amsterdam in 1996 (“Entitlements to natural resources”)

Ton Dietz was appointed Professor of Human Geography at the University of Amsterdam in 1995. From 2002 until 2007 he was a (part-time) Professor of Social Sciences at Utrecht University and the Scientific Director of CERES, the Research School for Resource Studies for Development. He was the Scientific Director of AMIDSt, Amsterdam Research Institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies in 2008 and 2009.


Africa seems on the verge of an economic breakthrough. Following the population explosion and the economic and political crises between 1970 and 1990, a change has set in which Africa has become more pronounced in the last decade. Worldwide, Africa has the youngest population and an incredible drive towards fast-growing cities. There is an increasing demand for Africa’s resources: land, energy, minerals and manpower. My research focus is on all aspects of the changes in Africa.


Laureat d’honneur of the International Geographical Union (August 2013)

Relevant links

Inaugural lecture

PhD candidates

African Studies Centre Leiden: Ton Dietz - PhD supervision