My research interests include the following topics and themes that intersect in multiple ways:

  • Political anthropology, local political institutions, clan- and lineage-based society
  • Conflict and disputing, anthropological study of negotiation
  • Verbal and symbolic interaction, analysis of naturally occurring discourse, ethnolinguistic methods
  • Local environmental knowledge, human-environment-relations, institutions of natural resource management, anthropological study of biodiversity conservation
  • Nomadic pastoralists, Fulani, Wodaabe
  • Anthropological study of oil in Africa
  • Technology
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • West Africa, Sahel, Lake Chad area, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Benin

For my current research projects please go to the right.