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Anthropology of Economy member profiles

Bakalaki, Alexandra, Associate Professor, University of Thessaloniki

Μy PhD thesis (1983) was a Marxist-feminist ethnography of hairdressing enterprises in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece. Currently, I am working on an ethnography of the tourist development prospects and everyday economic practices of a small Greek island that was already poor and marginal before the emergence of the “Greek crisis”. Some of the projects I worked on in the meantime engaged with the following issues: the relations between women’s unpaid housework and wage work; the gendered aspects of wealth accumulation and consumption; the narrative whereby Greeks have stereotyped non-Greek emigrants as thieves and burglars and the strategies by which Greek householders tried to protect their families and property from this “danger”; the meanings attached to altruism in the context of philanthropy aimed at transforming the poor into autonomous, enterprising individuals.

Baroin, Catherine (CNRS)
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As a French anthropologist, I study 2 main groups:

Research interests: Tanzania, Meru, Chad, Niger, Tubu

Björklund Larsen, Lotta (TEMA T, Linköping University)
w: www.tema.liu.se/tema-t/medarbetare/bjorklund-larsen-lotta?l=en&sc=true 

My research interest concern how exchanges are considered economic and how the boundary to the non-economic is defined and maintained. Taxation is of particular interest as it triggers questions about relations between citizens, society and the state. In a fiscal anthropological approach, my outset is to regard taxation as citizens’ explicit economic relation to the state and implicit to all other citizens.    

Research interests: economic anthropology, taxation, ethnography, valuation studies, algorithms

Eff, E. Anthon (Middle Tennessee State University)
w: capone.mtsu.edu/eaeff/

I have a BA in Anthropology (University of Louisville 1981) and PhD in Economics (University of Texas 1989). I'm one of the many economists influenced by the work of Thorstein Veblen, who sought to ground economics in anthropology. Recently, I've been working with Malcolm Dow on methods for estimating models using cross-cultural data.

Research interests: history of economic thought; cross-cultural research; social network analysis; spatial econometrics.

Färber, Alexa (HafenCity University Hamburg)
w: www.hcu-hamburg.de/bachelor/kultur-der-metropole/team/professorinnen/prof-dr-alexa-faerber/

I am professor of Urban Anthropology and Ethnography at the HafenCity University Hamburg. I received my PhD. from the Humboldt University of Berlin and have a Master in Islamic Sciences and European Ethnology, also from Humboldt. In my PhD I have studied representational work at Expo 2000 in Hanover with a special interest in Morocco's participation at the world's fair. Besides a post-doctoral research project on urban culture and ethnic representation in Berlin I have been interested in the entrepreneurial instances of ethnographic practices and academic work.  In 2011 I founded the research initiative “Low-Budget Urbanity” at HafenCity University and was its primary investigator. Here I am studying ride-sharing formats and their production of urban space. I am interested in the interrelation of everyday saving practices and current austerity policies and in the everyday memorisation of cost saving decicions in the public domain. 

Research interests: everyday economic practices, post-ANT and urban research, mobility, urban imagineering, Islam in urban space,  representational work, ethnographic methodology, ethnographies of academic work.

Fontefrancesco, Michele Flippo (University of Gastronomic Sciences/Durham University)

Michele F. Fontefrancesco (Alessandria in 1983) is a social anthropologist specialized in Economic Anthropology. He completed his training in Italy (University of Eastern Piedmont), Poland (Adam Mickiewicz University) and Great Britain (Durham University). His research investigates the theme of local development in industrialized Western countries, in particular the role of entrepreneurship, public administration and cultural heritage. He is a Research Fellow at University of Gastronomic Sciences and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology of Durham University.

Research interests: industry, heritage, crisis, Italy, crafts

Fotta, Martin (Research Training Group "Value and Equivalence", Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main)

My PhD research conducted in the interior of Bahia, Brazil, explored how Calon - a population of Gypsies - earned their living as money-lenders, developed a social organization of subsistence and created value through this recognized niche.

My current post-doc research focuses on the impact of "financialisation" (a growing role of official financial institutions) on traditional forms of reciprocities (such as patronage) in small town Bahia. I also convene a seminar for PhD students in ethnology and archeology (ancient, prehistoric and numismatists) exploring questions related to "value and equivalence".

Research interests: Gypsies; Credit/Debt; Money; Informal Economy; Brazil

Gómez-Mestres, Sílvia (University of Barcelona)

I received from the University of Barcelona my PhD in Social Anthropology in 2003. Then I moved to the CNRS-UMR-5815 (IRETIJ) in Montpellier with a MEC-Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship (2005-2007) to study new forms of governance in contemporary society through extralegal mediations. Afterwards, I reintegrated in Spain at the Laboratory of Personal Networks and Communities at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2007-2010) to do a research on social networks, migrations and transnational economic activities.  Since 2012 I'm a member of the Reciprocity Research Team of the University of Barcelona. Currently I'm carrying out a research on community currency and  LETSystem.

Research interests: Community currency, moral economy, social networks

Kasi, Eswarappa (National Institute of Rural Development)
w: nird.academia.edu/DrESWARAPPAKASI

PhD from the University of Hyderabad (2009). My thesis title is 'An Anthropological Study of Livelihoods: The Case of two Sugali Settlements from Anantapuram District of Andhra Prdaesh'. It is a qualitative study among semi-nomadic community from the Rayalaseema region, one of the most backward in India, of Andhra Pradesh. The study aims to looking at the changing nature of Livelihoods of the poor and marginal in the context of Post-Liberalisation era.

Currently i am associated with NIRD, Hyderabad, India. I have published few papers in the refereed journals such as South Asia research, Journal of Asian and African Studies (both from Sage), and Annuaire Roumain d'anthropologie (Roumanian Year Book of Anthropology). My book titled 'Anthropology and Development in a Globalized India: An Ethnography of Sericulture from the south'  (2009), Cambridge Scholars, UK. I have also edited couple of books related to my areas of interests, for instance, 'Theory and Practice of Ethnography: Readings from the Periphery' (2009) Rawat Publications, Jaipur.

Research interests: Marginality, Poverty, Inclusionary policies of the state, Livelihoods of the poor

Kosnik, Elisabeth (University of Graz, Austria)
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Research interests: economic antrhopology, environmental anthropology, food studies, moral economy, everyday economic practices, self-provisioning, informal economies, community economies.

Knight, Daniel (University of St Andrews)
w: www.st-andrews.ac.uk/anthropology/dept/staff/?staffid=260

Daniel M. Knight holds a PhD in Anthropology from Durham University and is currently Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Leverhulme Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Daniel moved to St Andrews in 2016 having held a National Bank of Greece Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science and an Addison Wheeler Research Fellowship at Durham. Since 2003 Daniel has conducted research in Thessaly, central Greece, adopting a historical approach to understanding socio-economic relations in the current economic crisis – research written-up in his recent monograph "History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece” (Palgrave, 2015). He has published on crisis, time, temporality, historicity, neoliberalism and neo-colonialism, focusing on how moments of the past are embodied during eras of social and economic upheaval (with special reference to the 1940s and late Ottoman era). Daniel also writes on renewable energy initiatives and how economic uncertainty has created dynamic spaces for entrepreneurial opportunism, leading projects on photovoltaic energy development and economic sustainability in Greece. His continuing work investigates how renewable energy developments in the Balkans are coming to be viewed as neo-colonial programmes and new extractive economies. Daniel is Associate Editor of History and Anthropology journa and a member of the British Academy development board for the British School at Athens. His research has been funded by the ESRC, EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, National Bank of Greece.

Research interests: Greece, Crisis, History, Time and Temporality, Energy

Molina, José Luis (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
w: pagines.uab.cat/joseluismolina/

I am an Economic Anthropologist interested in the emergence of socioeconomic structures, especially ethnic enclaves and transnational fields. My approach is through mixed methods with an emphasis on ethnography and personal network analysis. Southeast Europe and Romania in particular, are my main areas of interest. 

The current research projects in which I am PI or collaborator are available at grupsderecerca.uab.cat/egolab/content/projectes-rd

Research interests: moral economy, personal networks, transnationalism, SouthEast Europe

Müller, Juliane (University of Munich)

I received my PhD in Anthropology from the University of Halle-Wittenberg and went for post-doctoral research to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

My interests within economic anthropology are popular trade, markets and infrastructure. I work on the market for electronic devices in Bolivia and transnational commodity chains. I look at the encounter of different actors, Bolivian traders, international intermediaries, and Multinational Corporations, as well as the cultural construction of marketplaces, and the material infrastructure of trade networks. Trough fieldwork at several places – popular commercial areas in Bolivia and free trade zones along the distribution chain (Chile, China) – I study how economic globalization is lived and brought into being “from below”, by upward mobile economic subjects, both locally and transnationally.

Muir, Sarah,
w: barnard.academia.edu/SarahMuir

In my work, I examine the practical logics of economic investment, ethical evaluation, and political critique, with a particular focus on social class and financial crisis. Situated at the intersection of linguistic, political-economic, and historical anthropology, my research is grounded in ethnographic fieldwork in Argentina.

I am currently finishing a book manuscript entitled Argentine Afterword: Class, Critique, and the Experience of Routinized Crisis, which examines the emergence of a national middle-class public in the wake of Argentina's 2001/2 financial crisis. I am also researching a new project called Corrupted Futures: Pension Politics and Financial Ethics in Buenos Aires, which interrogates struggles over the restructuring of pension plans, conceptualized as key institutions of intergenerational investment and social obligation.

Research interests: investment, temporality, obligation, ethics, evaluation, critique, money, pensions

Novoszath, Andras (The Open University)

I am a finishing PhD student at the Open University. Previously I studied sociology, business-economics and science and technology studies. My topic is about money and economic value and empirically I am looking at the Bristol Pound, a local complementer currency launched less then a year ago. My interest is how money, as a material-semiotic device, or method assemblage brings about economic knowledge and takes part in practices of valuations.

I am interested in these questions as being part of the wider discussion about the anthropological characters of both contemporary and historical economies, and especially how these things relate to credit, banking, modes of governmentality, and new possibilities of economic agency. Literature-wise I got most of my inspiration from (post-)actor-network-theory and feminist technoscience, but nowadays I am rather trying to combine the related literature of social studies of finance (e.g. Callon and Donald Mackenzie) with recent works on the anthropology of money (most notably Hart, Guyer and Mauer).

Research interests: money, knowledge, value, materiality, debt

Pipyrou, Stavroula (University of St Andrews)
w: www.st-andrews.ac.uk/anthropology/dept/staff/?staffid=217

Dr Stavroula Pipyrou’s primary research interest is among the Greek linguistic minority (Grecanici) of Reggio Calabria, South Italy, focusing on issues of power and governance, civil society, the abstraction of relatedness, and the 'Ndrangheta (Calabrian Mafia). Stavroula is also involved in long-term research on dance, politics and refugee identity among Pontian communities in northern Greece. She has published on diaspora and migration, civil society, minority politics, refugee identity, dance, and mafia.

Research interests: Italy, Governance, Mafia, Politics, Dance

Streinzer, Andreas (University of Vienna)
w: ksa.univie.ac.at/institut/personen/wissenschaftlich/streinzer/

My PhD is about the changing household provisioning during recession and austerity in Greece. I have been doing ethnographic fieldwork in Volos to investigate the changing provisioning paths as well as how they are related to understandings of the economy and one’s implication in time. I am part of a group of three PhD students funded by the Academy of Sciences in Austria in the „Practicing Values - Valuing Practices“ project.

Research interests: economic anthropology, political economy, provisioning, moral economy, economic practice

Sørensen, Kresten Kjær (SustainableEnergy)

Not researching at the moment, but have a strong interest in Economic Anthropology. Working with development assistance in West Africa in an NGO since 2007: Climate change adaptation, renewable energy, natural resource management. Focus on community mobilization and organization around specific environmental or energy access problematics.
Graduate from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, in 2007 with a major in anthropology and a minor in economics.

Master thesis on cofinancing of public goods in Northern Burkina Faso: empirical study of what motivates villagers to collect funds among them selves and cofund public goods. Also did a research project on Danish Development Anthropology in the period 1990 - 2005. The project resulted in an article in Anthropology News January 2008.

Research interests: West Africa, Development, Environment, Climate Change

Tosic. Jelena (University of Vienna/University of Bern)
e: jelena.tosic(at)univie.ac.at, jelena.tosic(at)anthro.unibe.ch
w: ksa.univie.ac.at/institut/personen/wissenschaftlich/tosic/

I am a social and cultural anthropologist presently working as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Vienna and the University of Bern, where I have also held the interim Professorship in Anthropology of the State and Transnationalism. I have been affiliated to the University of Konstanz (Professorship in Political Ethnology) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. My economy-related research foci comprise: political economy of (forced) migration/borders, social upheavals and alternative (moral) economies in the MENA region and theorizations of morality and moral economy (e.g. "deservingness").

My current/future research deals with temporal, political and economic dimensions of the SEE border regions in the context of EU-Enlargement (Albanian-Montenegrin borderland), as well recent social upheavals in the Mediterranean from a transnational diasporic perspective.

Research interests: migration, borders, transnationalism/diaspora, political economy, morality/moral economy, temporality/history/memory, SEE/MENA Region

Tocheva, Detelina (CNRS – Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (GSRL), Paris, France)
e: tocheva.detelina(at)gmail.com
w: www.gsrl.cnrs.fr/post-699/ and cnrs-gif.academia.edu/DetelinaTocheva

I received a doctoral degree in social anthropology from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Between 2006 and 2012 I was a research fellow at the Max Planck institute for Social Anthropology, Halle. My main research interests are in the area of economic anthropology and the anthropology of religion. My current project centers on the coexistence of majority Orthodox Christianity and minority Islam in Bulgaria and Russia within the frame of work relations. I have conducted extensive fieldwork in Estonia, north-western Russia and Bulgaria.

Research interests: economic anthropology, anthropology of religion, political anthropology, organizational anthropology, neoliberalization, work, Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe, historically rooted Islam in Eastern Europe.

Valenzuela-García, Hugo (Universitat Autònoma Barcelona)
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MA (Manchester, UAB) PhD (UAB) Lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and co-founder of the Network of Anthropology of Economy (2012), I am an Economic Anthropologist interested in the emergence of new socioeconomic structures and livelihood strategies, particularly on labor, informal economies and consumption.

 During all those years we have been doing research on fishermen and peasant societies, ethnic enclaves, transnational economic phenomena, social entrepreneurship, and impoverished households.  I conducted fieldwork in Malaysia, Mexico, and Spain.