Dr. Erik Bähre is Associate Professor at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University. In 2002 Erik Bähre completed his PhD at the ASSR (now AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam. He has worked at the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu Natal) (1999-2000), University College Utrecht (2002-2005) and at the University of Amsterdam (2004-2007). He was researcher at the department of anthropology at the London School for Economics and Political Science, taking part in a Economic and Social Research Council funded research project on economic change in South Africa.
Dr. Erik Bähre is an economic anthropologist specialised in South Africa. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork, as well as conducted surveys, in the townships and squatter settlements of Cape Town. His main research interest is how dramatic economic changes affect social relations, and particularly why they cause particular tensions within households, among kin and neighbours. He has done research on financial mutuals among neighbours and migrants, on the provision of commercial insurances, social grants, and entrepreneurship.
Currently, Erik Bähre is doing research on the morality of life insurances in a five year project in five different countries within the research project ‘Moralising Misfortune: A Comparative Anthropology of Commercial Insurance to examine the morality of life insurance’. For this project he has been awarded a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council.
- Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council for the research project 'Moralising Misfortune: A Comparative Anthropology of Commercial Insurance to examine the morality of life insurance' (2016-2021)
- KNAW NIAS fellowship for a manuscript on insurances in South Africa (2011-2012)
- Lid Advisory Committee