Philipp Schroeder

PhD, Habilitation (postdoctoral degree)

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Philipp Schröder is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Nazarbayev University. He is also a Deputy Director at Nazarbayev University’s Research Centre for Entrepreneurship (NURCE).

Philipp obtained his postdoctoral qualification (habilitation) in 2022 from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) with a thesis on trade, entrepreneurship and translocal livelihoods in Eurasia, in particular Kyrgyzstan, Russia and China. Previously, Philipp was a member of the research group on ‘Integration and Conflict’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale (2006-2012) and a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Humboldt University of Berlin (2013-2017) and the University of Freiburg (2017-2022), Germany. He received his PhD in 2012 from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, researching youth cultures, identity and urban change in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek.

Philipp is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Furthermore, he is a Research Affiliate at ISDC – International Security and Development Center in Berlin, Germany. As an expert of ISDC and in other capacities he has conducted applied research and consulted on projects of development cooperation in Central Asia for agencies such as the World Bank, UN Women, UNICEF, USAID or the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).

Research interests

Themes: entrepreneurship, translocality, mobility; youth, urbanity, education; identity, integration and conflict.
Region: more than 60 months of on-site fieldwork experience in Central Asia and Eurasia.
Methods: various qualitative and mixed methods-approaches; (participative) visualization


Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Qualitative Methods
Anthropology of Entrepreneurship
Approaches to Global Development
Digital Ethnographies


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