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Andreas Hackl

Andreas Hackl
Dr Andreas Hackl
Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Anthropology, ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)
4.03 21 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH8 8LN
+44 (0)131 6511730

Research and expertise

My current postdoctoral project will explore the role of Palestinian labour mobility towards Israel.  I am especially interested in the impact of such unequal labour migration on the socio-economic development in Palestinians' home areas in the West Bank. The project runs for one year and is funded by the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

This postdoctoral research builds on my PhD in Social Anthropology, completed in 2016 at the University of Edinburgh after two years of research among Palestinians in the city of Tel Aviv, funded by a DOC-Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Since 2011 I have also worked as a media correspondent and freelance analyst in Israel-Palestine and Jordan. I have been Israel-Palestine correspondent of the Austrian newspapaer Wiener Zeitung and until 2014, Jerusalem correspondent of the Sunday edition of the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ). I also contributed regularly to the UN's agency for humanitarian news and analysis, IRIN.

As a way to bridge my work in journalism with research in social anthropology, I am actively involved in campaigns and projects that aim for stronger public engagement and collaborative work in research. To this end I co-founded the online magazine Transformations: A new voice on culture, politics and change, and currently curate the blog series Rethinking Peace & Conflict Research in Edinburgh for the Global Justice Academy (GJA) Blog.

As a co-convener of Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology (PACSA), one of themajor networks of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), I have held a long-standing interest in the research of conflicts and efforts to transform or resolve them, including peace activism and civil resistance. Other major research interests are mobility and inequality, displacement, migration and urban anthropology.

Selected publications

Journal articles

2017 “Key figure of mobility: the exile,” Social Anthropology 25 (1): 55-68

2016 "An Orchestra of Civil Resistance: Privilege, Diversity and Identification among cross-border Activists in a Palestinian Village,” Peace & Change 41 (2):  167–193.


2016 Hackl, Andreas et al. (eds.): Bounded Mobilities: Social Hierarchies and Global Inequalities. Columbia University Press/Transcript, Berlin.

Chapters in books

2016 “Urban Space as an agent of conflict and ‘peace’: Marginalised im/mobilities and the predicament of exclusive-inclusion among Palestinians in Tel Aviv,” in Björkdahl, Annika and Susanne Buckley-Zistel (eds.): Where Peace and Conflict Take Place. Analysing Peace and Conflict from a Spatial PerspectivePalgrave Macmillan.

2016 [German language] „Palästinenser in Tel Aviv. Grenzziehungen und Grenzbrüche in der Stadt der »Anderen«,“ in Picard, Jacques; Chakkalakal, Silvy; Andris, Silke: Grenzen aus Kulturwissenschaftlichen Perspektiven. Berlin: Panama. [Palestinians in Tel Aviv: Drawing Boundaries and Crossing Boundaries in the City of the Others]

Commentary and Analysis

[German language] „Politisch, Kritisch, Öffentlich: Plädoyer für den Sprung aus dem Elfenbeinturm.“ In Kuckuck: Notizen zur Alltagskultur 2/15, 2016. [Political, Critical and Publically Engaged: Academia Beyond the Ivory Tower]  Read full article here.

An irresistible force? Arab citizens of Israel after the elections, in "OpenSecurity: Conflict and peacebuilding" -, 2015.

After the war: Jewish-Arab relations in Israel, in "OpenSecurity: Conflict and peacebuilding" -, 2014.

Analysis: Politics and power in Jordan’s Za'atari refugee camp. IRIN, 2013.

Palestinians from East Jerusalem seek safety in Israeli citizenship. IRIN, 2013.

Analysis: Politics and humanitarianism in Israel-oPt. IRIN, 2013.

Analysis: Israeli government challenges the law to embrace illegal settler outposts. IRIN, 2012.

Briefing: The detention and imprisonment of Palestinians in oPt/Israel. IRIN, 2012.

Analysis: Visions for a healthier West Bank economy. IRIN, 2012.

Analysis: Revisiting the Rules of War in Israel/oPt. IRIN , 2012.