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Erik Bähre

Associate Professor

Dr. E. Bähre
+31 71 527 3997

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.

More information about Erik Bähre

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


Relevant links

Associate Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut CA/Ontwikkelingssociologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court Building
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3A45



  • Afrika Studiecentrum lid van de Wetenschappelijke Raad van Advies
  • Centre for Ethnographic Research, University of Kent Lid Advisory Committee

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