Cristiana Strava

Cristiana Strava is a social anthropologist, trained at Harvard (BA) and SOAS, University of London (MARes, PhD), with a broad interest in urban spaces and the forces that shape our lives in and around them. She has conducted fieldwork in North, Western and East Africa on topics ranging from informal housing, gendered forms of waged and unwaged labor, marginalisation, and the politics of planning and development regimes. Prior to joining academia, she worked with the UNDP and the German Technical Cooperation Agency on issues related to sustainable development and adaptation to climate change. At Leiden shes teaches, writes and conducts research on these topics. She is also a member of the LeidenASA Steering Committee and the Young Academy Leiden.