Barbara Löhde, M.A.

PhD candidate

Georg-August-University of Göttingen
Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology
D-37073 Göttingen


Herzberger Landstr. 2
Room: 208

Phone: +49 551 39-20686

Office hours by appointment

Scientific Background

Since 06/2013 PhD student and project member of the UrbanFoodPlus team

Since 04/2013 Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

09/2012 Magistra Artium (M.A.) in Social Anthropology, Geography and Political Science at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

04/2012 M.A. Thesis “Encounters in the Conservation Arena – Rangers, Herders, Cultivators, and Poachers in the W National Park, Benin”

02-04/2009 Fieldwork in the W National Park, Benin on socio-political interaction processes between park rangers and local resource users

2005-2012 Study of Social Anthropology, Geography and Political Science at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Research Interests

Political and Legal Anthropology, Development Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, Anthropology of the State, Political Ecology, Science and Technology Studies, agricultural production systems, actor-oriented approaches, local political processes

Regions: West Africa, especially Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali

Research Activities

In the current subproject “Social Anthropology” of UrbanFoodPlus Barbara is focusing her research on the social and political dimensions of animal husbandry in West African urban and peri-urban settlements. The goal is to acquire an in-depth understanding of how livestock keeping is organized in the urban and peri-urban setting and to investigate social arrangements that influence aspects of the production system such as quality and quantity of input (e.g. fodder, water) and output (e.g. milk, meat). In several intensive fieldwork periods Barbara will examine more closely networks of cooperation and knowledge exchange, links between rural and urban livestock keepers as well as relations between the latter and expert groups through which e.g., inputs, innovation, and technical knowledge are accessed. Using network- and actor-oriented approaches she will analyze cases, processes and conflicts that are embedded in the system of urban agriculture and affect the efficiency of the production system.

Research Projects

  • 2009 BIOTA West III: Subproject „Socio-political Dimensions of Land Use and Protection of Species in West Africa”
  • Since 2013 GlobE – UrbanFoodPlus, Subproject „Social Anthropology“