Annuska Derks

Annuska Derks, Prof. Dr.


Phone: +41 44 634 61 97

Room number: AND 5.10

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Research interests

Migration and (Bonded) Labour; Social Change and Development; Urban Anthropology; Material Culture and Commodity Chains; Gender, Sexuality and Kinship

Regional specialization

Southeast Asia, in particular Cambodia and Vietnam

Short bio

Annuska Derks is assistant professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Zurich and holds the chair of the department’s focus area on ‘Social Transformation Processes’. She has earned two M.A. degrees (in Social-Cultural Anthropology and in Development Studies) and a Ph.D. (2005) from the Radboud University Nijmegen, in the Netherlands. She has held teaching positions at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Vietnam National University in Hanoi (2010-2014), the University of Bern (2001-2005) and the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich (2000) and has been an affiliated researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the University of Bern (since 2006), the Graduate Institute in Geneva (2010-2012) and the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore (2013). She has conducted extensive research in Southeast Asia, in particular Vietnam and Cambodia, within projects funded by the Netherlands Foundation for Research in the Tropics (WOTRO), the Swiss National Science Foundation, as well as by international organizations and NGOs.


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