Since 2018 Post-Doctoral Research in the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre 228: Future Rural Africa: Future-making and social-ecological transformation. Sub-project A04: Future Conservation: Towards an African Eden? Shifting bio-cultural frontiers and the (re)coupling of social-ecological relations in the conservation areas
04/2016 - 03/2018 Scientific staff at the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Cologne
09/2013 – 03/2016 Doctoral researcher in the DFG-project: FOR 1501 – Resilience, Collapse and Reorganisation in Social Ecological Systems of East and South African Savannas. Sub-project C3: In Search of Order: Institutional Change, Violent Regulation and Environmental Knowledge under Conditions of Rapid Social Ecological Change.
2013-2019 PhD, Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne, Title: Perceptions and cultural appropriations of landscape-level (biological) invasions. Environmental change and social transformation in East Pokot, Kenya.
10/2009-11/2012 MA, Human and Social Ecology, Faculty for Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education (IFF) Vienna, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
10/2005-09/2009 BA, Culture and Society of Africa, University of Bayreuth
Conservation and CBNRM
“Future” in Anthropology
Fieldwork in Namibia, Kenya and Nigeria
Interdisciplinary team teaching
Current Research Projects
Future Rural Africa: Future-making and social-ecological transformation
Hauke-Peter Vehrs conducts research on various topics in the fields of environmental anthropology and multispecies ethnography in Namibia and Kenya. In the Namibian Zambezi region, he focuses on community-based natural resource management (CBNRM), conservation-induced displacement and environmental (in)justices, as well as on the historical and colonial legacies and the future aspirations of local livelihoods. In the Kenya's region north of Lake Baringo, he is conducting research in a pastoral context on landscape changes and social transformations, the historical ecology of pastoralism, and the examination of emic perspectives of pastoral Pokot and etic scientific accounts on environmental change, including defaunation and ecological invasion processes, and its linkages to local livelihoods and their transformations.