Michael Bollig

Ethnology, Köln
Fellowship: 01.10.2014–31.03.2015


Michael Bollig is Professor for Anthropology at the University of Cologne (since 2000) and Speaker for the Collaborative Research Centre Arid Climate and Cultural Evolution in Arid Africa. Since 2011 he is the Vice-Rector for International Relations and Diversity at the University of Cologne and since 2013 the Vice Speaker for Key Profile IV and Global South Studies Centre Cologne. He is also a member of the Member of the Executive Board of the Society of Africa-related Sciences in Germany.


Fields of Research

  • Human-environment relations
  • Political ecology
  • Environmental history
  • Globalisation
  • Conflict
  • Southern and eastern Africa


Publications (Selection)

  • (with M. Österle und C. Greiner): »Inscribing Identity and Agency on the Landscape: Of Pathways, Places and the Transition of the Public Sphere in East Pokot, Kenya.« African Studies Review (2014, accepted for print)
  • (mit P.Finke): »Analytical Anthropology: Continuities and Discontinuities in Methodology, Comparative Approaches and Theory.« Zeitschrift für Ethnologie (2014,in print)
  • »Resilience – Analytical Tool, Bridging Concept or Development Goal? Anthropological Perspectives on the use of a border object.« Zeitschrift für Ethnologie (2014, in print)
  • (with D. Menestre): »Fragmentation, cooperation and power: institutional dynamics in natural resource governance in north-western Namibia.« Human Ecology .2014, doi: 10.1007/s10745-014-9647-7.
  • (mit Weisser, F., M. Dövenspeck & D. Müller-Mahn): »Translating the ›adaptation to climate change‹ paradigm: the politics of a travelling idea in Africa.« The Geographical Journal, 2014, doi: 10.1111/geoj.12037