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Research Affiliate

Philipp Schröder

Prof. Dr. Philipp Schröder is a Research Affiliate with ISDC and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Zurich (Switzerland).

Philipp obtained his postdoctoral qualification (habilitation) in 2022 from the University of Zurich with a thesis on trade, entrepreneurship and translocal livelihoods in Eurasia, in particular Kyrgyzstan, Russia and China. Previously, Philipp was a member of the research group on ‘Integration and Conflict’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale (2006-2012) and a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Humboldt University of Berlin (2013-2017) and the University of Freiburg (2017-2022). He received his PhD in 2012 from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, researching youth cultures, identity and urban change in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek.

Philipp has published on migration, integration, identity and conflict in Central Asia and Eurasia, on gender, education and urban lifestyles, on spatial and social mobilities, on business-making and on ethnographic methodology.

As an expert of ISDC and in other capacities he has conducted research and consulted on various projects of development cooperation in Central Asia for agencies such as the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the World Bank, UN Women, UNICEF, USAID, Mercy Corps, the University of Central Asia (UCA), and ‘The Hague Institute for Global Justice’.

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