Anthropology of Disability, Anthropology of Aging, Medical Anthropology, Public Health
Francesca Rickli finished her doctoral studies at ISEK- Social and Cultural Anthropology and is a member of the Disability & Technologyresearch group. She studied Social Anthropology and English Literature and Linguistics at UZH and wrote her Master Thesis on hearing impairments and access to hearing aids in urban Uganda. She spent one semester as a visiting scholar at the Department of Anthropology at New York University. Francesca's doctoral studies were funded by the doc.CH program through the SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation).
In her dissertation on senior citizens with mobility disabilities in Switzerland, for which she spent 16 months doing field research, Francesca Rickli describes how these elderly people manage to age at home. Among other things, she analyses how positive aging paradigms, such as "active" or "healthy" ageing, affect the everyday lives of people with disabilities.
She has taught as a lecturer and assistant at the University of Zurich and the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH).