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Research interests

Research interests

  • Social anthropology (economic anthropology, legal anthropology), human geography (spatial research), political science (interpretative policy analysis)
  • Qualitative research, ethnography, decolonial research methodology and community based participatory research (CBPR)
  • Solidarity
  • Policy analysis in the context of COVID-19
  • Human-environment relations
  • Sustainabilities/social transitions and climate change adaptation
  • Natural resources, community–extractive industry relations
  • Cartographic storytelling for analysis and outreach/visual anthropology
  • Post-socialism, political economy, globalization
  • Indigenous cultural revitalization and economy, indigeneity, critical indigenous studies
  • Infrastructures, built environment
  • Remote regions, regional and urban development (sparsely populated areas, mono-industrial cities)
  • Labour studies, fly-in/fly out shift work/long-distance commuting (FIFO, LDC)
  • Mobility/multi-locality/migration studies, social spaces and places, temporality
  • Deportation and migration control
  • Gender/diversity/intersectionality, gender in polar research and academia


Regional foci

  • Circumpolar North/Arctic and sub-Arctic (focus: Canada, Russia/Siberia), Australia (comparative aspects of remote regions/mining)
  • Previously: regional planning and development in Northern Pakistan




2007       Dissertation Prize in Migration Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences, AT

2014       Dissertation Recognition Award of the Dr. Maria Schaumayer Stiftung, AT


  • Board member of the Austrian Polar Research Institute (APRI) polarresearch.at
  • Spokesperson: RG Circumpolar Regions and Siberia at the German Association of Anthropologists (DGV) zirkumpolargebiete-sibirien.dgv-net.de
  • Austrian Representative: IASC International Arctic Science Committee iasc.info
  • Former council member: IASSA (International Arctic Social Sciences Association) iassa.org

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Lecturer, Universität Bern

2020 → …

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