Robert Pijpers

After doing a BA and MA in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University (graduation in 2010), Robert now holds a PhD position at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. His research focuses on the way in which global crises (environment, economic and cultural/identity) unfold in rural Sierra Leone, where an increased international interest in land causes growing pressure on existing forms of land use and livelihoods. The research is part of the larger 'Overheating' research project led by prof. Eriksen.

In the past years he has conducted fieldwork on mining and commercial farming in Sierra Leone (2009), Ghana (2010) and South Africa (2011). Furthermore, he has done some exploratory short term fieldwork in Kenya (2012) on labour, mobility and resource tenure in the horticultural industry.

Research interest: African Anthropology, land-use, agriculture, mining, livelihood strategies, crisis,  globalisation
Country: Sierra Leone (with broader experience and interest across Africa)

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University of Oslo
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