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Prof. Dr. Franz Krause

Short Biography

Following studies in Leiden, Manchester (MSc Environment and Development, 2004) and Berlin (MA Social and Cultural Anthropology, 2006) Franz earned his PhD in Aberdeen (PhD Social Anthropology, 2010). He subsequently held postdoc positions at the CCRI (2011-2012) and in Tallinn (2012-2016). Since February 2016, he is a Junior Research Group Director at the University of Cologne. He is also Assistant Editor of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, the journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA).

Franz's research revolves around human relations with and through water, which he studies with approaches from phenomenological anthropology, political ecology and environmental history. His previous research projects dealt with issues including communal irrigation in the Philippines, life along a river in Finnish Lapland, memories of floods in England, and life in an Estonian wetland.

Currently, Franz is working on a project investigating the sociocultural, economic and hydrologic volatilities of life in four river deltas around the world. His empirical work focuses on the mostly Gwich’in and Inuvialuit inhabitants of the Mackenzie Delta in the Canadian Arctic.

Thematic Interests and Regional Focus

Phenomenological anthropology, political ecology, environmental history, human-environment relations.

Philippines, Finnish Lapland, England, Estonia.


2015: German Research Council DFG: Emmy Noether Programme, February 2016 – January 2021.

2015: European Research Council: Starting Grant (declined).

2015: Estonian Research Council: Personal Research Grant, January 2015 – December 2016.

2012: Estonian Research Mobility Scheme (ERMOS) Grant, October 2012 – September 2015.

2012 (with Ingmar Lippert and Niklas Hartmann): VW Foundation, Germany: Covering of expenses for all participants of international workshop on critical engagement with environmental management, May 2012.

2011 (with Ingmar Lippert and Niklas Hartmann): Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld, Germany: Grant for holding international workshop on critical engagement with environmental management, May 2012.


2017: "Towards an amphibious anthropology of delta life." Human Ecology 45(3): online first.

2017: "Making space along the Kemi River: a fluvial geography in Finnish Lapland." Cultural Geographies 24(2): 279–294.

2016 (with Veronica Strang): Thinking relationships through water. Special issue in Society and Natural Resources 29(6): 633-724.

2016: "'One man’s flood defence is another man’s flood': relating through water flows in Gloucestershire, England." Society and Natural Resources 29(6): 681-695.

2016: "Rivers, borders, and the flows of the landscape" in A. Kannike & M. Tasa (eds) The Dynamics of Cultural Borders. Approaches to Culture Theory 6. Tartu: Tartu University Press: pp 24-45.

2015 (with Ingmar Lippert and Niklas Hartmann): Environmental management as situated practice. Themed issue in Geoforum 66: 107-175.

2014: "Reclaiming flow for a lively anthropology." Suomen Anthropologi 39(2): 89-102.

2014 (with Maria Nakhshina): Northern fisheries: managing income, nutrition and cultural values. Special issue in Polar Record 50(4): 338-441.

2013 (with Veronica Strang): 'Living Water' special issue. Worldviews 17(2): 95-185.

2013: "Seasons as rhythms on the Kemi River in Finnish Lapland." Ethnos 78(1): 23-46.