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Social Anthropology:


Andreas Hackl

Andreas Hackl
Dr Andreas Hackl
Lecturer in Anthropology of Development
3.20 18 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 6515357

Guidance and feedback hours

Tuesdays 11.00 – 12.30. Room 4.10 (Please email in advance)

Research and expertise

I am Lecturer in the Anthropology of Development, currently working on an ESRC funded project on digital refugee livelihoods (here). Previsously, I spent two years on a Teaching Fellowship, during which I convened the courses Social Development and The Anthropology of Displacement and Migration. 

I was a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Internet Institute in 2019 and before that at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, as part of the Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion.

An earlier postdoctoral project at the University of Edinburgh explored the role of labour mobility in contexts of extreme inequality and political conflict.  I was especially interested in the impact of labour migration on the socio-economic development in Palestinians' home areas in the West Bank. The project ran for one year and was funded by the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

This postdoctoral research built on my PhD in Social Anthropology, completed in 2016 at the University of Edinburgh after two years of research among Palestinians in the city of Tel Aviv, funded by a DOC-Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Since 2011 I have also worked as a media correspondent and freelance analyst in Israel-Palestine and Jordan. I have been Israel-Palestine correspondent of the Austrian newspapaer Wiener Zeitung and until 2014, Jerusalem correspondent of the Sunday edition of the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ). I also contributed regularly to the leading agency for humanitarian news and analysis, IRIN.

As a way to bridge my work in journalism with research in social anthropology, I was actively involved in campaigns and projects that aim for stronger public engagement and collaborative work in research. To this end I co-founded the online magazine Transformations: A new voice on culture, politics and change, and curated the blog series Rethinking Peace & Conflict Research in Edinburgh for the Global Justice Academy (GJA) Blog.

The most recent emerging research interest of mine is digital anthropology and digital economy, including questions about big datadata science in anthropology, and especially the role of digital labour for vulnerable populations. 

As a co-convener of Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology (PACSA), one of the major networks of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), I have held a long-standing interest in the research of conflicts and efforts to transform or resolve them, including peace activism and civil resistance. Other major research interests are mobility and inequality, displacement, migration and urban anthropology.

Selected publications

Journal articles

2018 “Immersive Invisibility in the settler colonial city: the conditional inclusion of Palestinians in Tel Aviv,” American Ethnologist 45 (3).

2018 “Mobility Equity in a Globalized World: Reducing Inequalities in the Sustainable Development Agenda,” World Development 112.

2017 “Key figure of mobility: the exile,” Social Anthropology 25 (1): 55-68. 

2016 "An Orchestra of Civil Resistance: Privilege, Diversity and Identification among cross-border Activists in a Palestinian Village,” Peace & Change 41 (2):  167–193.


2016 Hackl, Andreas et al. (eds.): Bounded Mobilities: Social Hierarchies and Global InequalitiesColumbia University Press/Transcript, Berlin.

In preparation:

Invisibly Palestinian: Arab Citizens in Jewish Tel Aviv. Indiana University Press, Public Culture of the Middle East and North Africa.

Chapters in books

2016 “Urban Space as an agent of conflict and ‘peace’: Marginalised im/mobilities and the predicament of exclusive-inclusion among Palestinians in Tel Aviv,” in Björkdahl, Annika and Susanne Buckley-Zistel (eds.): Where Peace and Conflict Take Place. Analysing Peace and Conflict from a Spatial PerspectivePalgrave Macmillan.

2016 [German language] „Palästinenser in Tel Aviv. Grenzziehungen und Grenzbrüche in der Stadt der »Anderen«,“ in Picard, Jacques; Chakkalakal, Silvy; Andris, Silke: Grenzen aus Kulturwissenschaftlichen PerspektivenBerlin: Panama. [Palestinians in Tel Aviv: Drawing Boundaries and Crossing Boundaries in the City of the Others]

Commentary and Analysis

Occupied labour: The treadmill of Palestinian work in Israel. An investigation into how Palestinians escape the poverty trap by working in Israel but only at the terrible cost of failing to build and sustain their own local economies. IRIN, 2017.

[German language] „Politisch, Kritisch, Öffentlich: Plädoyer für den Sprung aus dem Elfenbeinturm.“ In Kuckuck: Notizen zur Alltagskultur 2/15, 2016. [Political, Critical and Publically Engaged: Academia Beyond the Ivory Tower]  Read full article here.

An irresistible force? Arab citizens of Israel after the elections, in "OpenSecurity: Conflict and peacebuilding" -, 2015.

After the war: Jewish-Arab relations in Israel, in "OpenSecurity: Conflict and peacebuilding" -, 2014.

Analysis: Politics and power in Jordan’s Za'atari refugee camp. IRIN, 2013.

Palestinians from East Jerusalem seek safety in Israeli citizenship. IRIN, 2013.

Analysis: Politics and humanitarianism in Israel-oPt. IRIN, 2013.

Analysis: Israeli government challenges the law to embrace illegal settler outposts. IRIN, 2012.

Briefing: The detention and imprisonment of Palestinians in oPt/Israel. IRIN, 2012.

Analysis: Visions for a healthier West Bank economy. IRIN, 2012.

Analysis: Revisiting the Rules of War in Israel/oPt. IRIN , 2012.