- Dr Andreas Hackl
- Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Anthropology, ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)
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Research and expertise
I am currently a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, where I am part of a the Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion.
My recent postdoctoral project explored the role of labour mobility in contexts of extreme inequality and political conflict. I am especially interested in the impact of labour migration on the socio-economic development in Palestinians' home areas in the West Bank. The project runs for one year and is funded by the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
This postdoctoral research builds 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 am 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 curate 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 data, data 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.
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 Inequalities. Columbia University Press/Transcript, Berlin.
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 Perspective, Palgrave 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 Perspektiven. Berlin: 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" - opendemocracy.net, 2015.
After the war: Jewish-Arab relations in Israel, in "OpenSecurity: Conflict and peacebuilding" - opendemocracy.net, 2014.
Analysis: Politics and humanitarianism in Israel-oPt. IRIN, 2013.
Analysis: Visions for a healthier West Bank economy. IRIN, 2012.
Analysis: Revisiting the Rules of War in Israel/oPt. IRIN , 2012.