Amalia Ribi Forclaz


Spoken languages
English, French, German, Italian
Areas of expertise
  • Agriculture, land and rural development
  • Civil society, social movements, Trade Unions, NGOs
  • Development, cooperation and aid policies
  • History of international relations
  • International organisations, UN
  • Labour and employment



Amalia Ribi Forclaz is an Associate Professor in International History and Politics.

She holds a DPhil in Modern history from Lincoln College, Oxford (2008) and has held fellowships at the Oxford Modern European  History Research Centre, the Excellence Cluster Asia and Europe in Heidelberg and as an SNF Ambizione Fellow at the Graduate Institute. Her areas of expertise include 19th and 20th century internationalism, the history of slavery and abolition, and the global history of agriculture and rural development. Amalia Ribi Forclaz has published various articles and books on this subjects including a monograph titled Humanitarian Imperialism. The Politics of Anti-Slavery Activism, 1880-1940(Oxford University Press: 2015) and, more recently, together with Liesbeth van de Grift, the edited volume Governing the Rural in Interwar Europe (Routledge: 2017).


Selected publications



  • Humanitarian Imperialism. The Politics of Anti-Slavery Activism, 1880-1940, Oxford Historical Monographs, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2015.
  • The Peasant as a Global Type: International Organizations and the Conceptualization of Rural Development, 1920-1970 [In Preparation].

Edited Volumes

  • Governing the Rural in Interwar Europe, London: Routledge, 2017 (Co-edited with Liesbeth van de Grift).

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • ‘Shaping the Future of Farming: The International Labour Organization and Agricultural Education in the Interwar Years’, Special Issue, Agricultural Review, December 2017.
  • ‘Agriculture, American Expertise, and the Quest for Global Data: Leon Estabrook and the First World Agricultural Census of 1930, Journal of Global History, 11,1 (2016), 44-65.
  • ‘A New Target for International Social Reform. The International Labour Organisation and Working and Living Conditions in Agriculture in the Interwar Years’, Journal of Contemporary European History 20,3 (2011), 307-329.
  • ‘From Reconstruction to Development: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Conceptualizations of Rural Welfare, 1945-1950 ’, International History Review, [forthcoming 2018]

Edited Special Issues

  • ‘Introduction: Confronting a Hungry World:  The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization in a Historical Perspective, Special Issue of the International History Review, [forthcoming 2018]  (co-authored with Corinne Pernet )
  •  ‘Introduction: Transnational Networks in Agriculture, Food, and Health’, Special Issue of the Journal of Contemporary European History, 20,3 (2011), 247-277 (co-authored with Cornelia Knab).

Book chapters

  • ‘‘The Breath of New Life”? British Anti-Slavery Activism and the League of Nations’, in D. Laqua (ed.), Internationalism Reconfigured: Transnational Ideas and Movements between the World Wars  (London, 2011).
  • ‘Guardians of the Countryside: The Associated Countrywomen of the World ACWW and the Conceptualization of Rural Internationalism in the Interwar Years’, in Ribi Forclaz and Van de Grift (eds.) Governing the Rural in Interwar Europe (London 2017).




  • SNSF Junior research scholarship, 2004
  • Berrow Foundation Scholarship, Lincoln College Oxford, 2004-2008
  • Membro Scientifico, Istituto Svizzero, Rome, 2005-2006
  • Beit Scholarship in Imperial and Commonwealth History, Oxford 2009
  • Research Fellowship of the Economic and Social Research Council, UK, 2009-2010
  • Oslo International History Network, 2009-2012
Amalia Ribi Forclaz
Amalia Ribi Forclaz

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