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Elizaveta Fouksman

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Oxford

Dr. Elizaveta Fouksman received her doctorate in International Development from the University of Oxford in 2015, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford, based at the African Studies Centre at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies. Prior to taking up this post, Liz was a Berggruen Fellow at Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Research and Social Justice at the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Liz’s current project examines our moral, social and cultural attachment to wage labor, and the impediment such attachment poses for new imaginaries of the future of work and distribution in an increasingly automated world. In particular, Liz is investigating the ways unemployed welfare recipients in South Africa and Namibia link time-use, work, and income. Her research asks how such links challenge futurist calls for the decommodification of labor via mechanisms such as a universal basic income guarantee and/or shorter working hours.


  • 2018–present
    Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, African Studies Center, University of Oxford
  • 2019–present
    Reseach Associate, Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP), University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2017–2018
    Berggruen Fellow, Harvard University's Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics
  • 2015–2017
    Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP), University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2015 
    University of Oxford, DPhil, MPhil in International Development