Anthropology and Sociology

Understand global issues from a grounded perspective.

Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology (ANSO) approaches the study of international affairs and development by inquiring into how social and cultural life, as well as political and economic practices, are shaped across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Our master's and PhD degree programmes foster the study of contemporary issues in global and transnational terms.



Our faculty ground their research and teaching in a commitment to theoretical innovation, robust empirical research and fine-grained ethnographic fieldwork. From this, we develop critical perspectives on how global problems are experienced differently around the world. Among the few bi-disciplinary departments of anthropology and sociology in Europe, our work bridges conventional North-South divides, theory and practice, and the worlds of academia and policy.

Be it in Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, or in Europe, North and South America, our research is primarily geared towards the analysis of social, political, economic, legal and cultural phenomena across the following domains:

  • Governance, the state, international organisations, law and policy
  • Global security and everyday insecurity, violence and conflict
  • Markets, land, labour and corporations
  • Migration, forced displacement, borders and minorities
  • Poverty, inequality and social movements
  • Race, ethnicity and gender relations
  • Environment, rural development, agriculture and food security
  • Cities and urban issues
  • Bio-medicine and bio-technologies
  • Visual and material culture

Key Activities

Joint ANSO / IHP Tuesday Seminars

The Joint ANSO / IHP Tuesday Seminars are co-organized by the Anthropology and Sociology and International History and Politics Departments at the Institute to discuss global questions from historically and ethnographically-informed perspectives.

Entretiens de la Chaire Yves Oltramare

Les Entretiens de la chaire Yves Oltramare "Religion et politique dans le monde contemporain" sont nés d’une ambition et d’une contrainte.

Upcoming events

From YouTube

ANSO: Neuchâtel Ethnographic Museum
Le rap au service de Dieu (table-ronde)

The Graduate Institute Library Blog

Resources and advice for students and researchers

Research projects


How can Latin America move beyond populism?
How are anthropology and the environment related?
An anthropologist with an eye for the visual

Contact us


Aditya Bharadwaj



Prof. Aditya Bharadwaj | Head of the Department
Office: P1-507
Office hours: by appointment only

The Head of the Department sets the strategic direction of the curricula and is responsible for coordinating the overall academic content.


Evelyne Bryden


Evelyne Bryden | Department Manager
Phone: +41 (0)22 908 58 76

The Departmental Manager supports the efforts of the Head of Department in the successful coordination of the department.

Mailing Address

Anthropology and Sociology
Maison de la paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A
Case Postale 1672
CH-1211 Genève 1



The Maison de la paix is located at Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A, on the corner of Avenue de France. You may take tram 15 until the Maison de la paix stop or, alternatively, walk a few minutes from the stop at Place des Nations.