PhD Researcher in Anthropology and Sociology
Spoken languages
German, French, English
Areas of expertise
  • Anthropology of Development
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Kenya

PhD Thesis


PhD Supervisor & 2nd Reader: Yvan Droz and Aidan Russel

Expected completion date: 2023-2024




Elisabeth Schubiger’s research focusses on the pastoralist Turkana in Kenya to examine the ambiguous imaginations of a prosperous future prompted by local crude oil extraction. Within the framework of the SNF-funded project ‘Self-Accomplishment and Local Moralities in East Africa’ (SALMEA) led by Dr Yvan Droz, she studies the negotiation of the ‘rightful share’, which is vital for the understanding of subsequent development in the region.  

Country of origin: Switzerland


Research Interests


  • Pastoralism
  • Crude Oil Extraction


Relevant Publications and Works


Elisabeth Schubiger & Anna von Sury 2016: Rice Project Falls Short of Development Potential. In: Kerstin Nolte, Wytske Chamberlain, Markus Giger (ed): International Land Deals for Agriculture. Fresh insights from the Land Matrix: Analytical Report II.

Haller, Tobias, Timothy Adams, Desirée Gmür, Fabian Käser, Kristina Lanz, Franziska Marfurt, Sarah Ryser, Elisabeth Schubiger, Anna von Sury, and Jean-David Gerber 2019: Large-Scale Land Acquisition as Commons Grabbing: A Comparative Analysis of Six African Case Studies. In (L. Lozny and T. Haller ed.) Global Perspectives on Long Term Community Resource Management, Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation. Cham: Springer International Publishing. 125–64.

Rey, Jean, Matthieu Bolay, & Elisabeth Schubiger 2019: Généalogie de l’élève cosmopolite et marchandisation de l’international dans des établissements privés en Suisse. In A. Sieber Egger, G. Unterweger, M. Jäger, M. Kuhn, & J. Hangartner (Eds.). Kindheit(en) in formalen, nonformalen und informellen Bildungskontexten. Ethnografische Beiträge aus der Schweiz. Wiesbaden : Springer.

Schubiger, Elisabeth, Jean Rey & Matthieu  Bolay 2019: Fostering the Next Generation of «Responsible World Leaders» : The Learning of Corporate Social Responsibility in Swiss International Schools. Tsantsa. Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association, 24.