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Dr Andreas Hackl

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Lecturer in Anthropology of Development

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18 Buccleuch Place

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Selected publications

Journal articles

2021 Rushworth, Philip, and Andreas Hackl. “Writing Code, Decoding Culture: Digital Skills and the Promise of a Fast Lane to Decent Work among Refugees and Migrants in Berlin.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2021.

2020. The good Arab: conditional inclusion and settler colonial citizenship among Palestinian citizens of Israel in Jewish Tel Aviv. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 26 (3): 594-611

2018 “Immersive Invisibility in the settler colonial city: the conditional inclusion of Palestinians in Tel Aviv,” American Ethnologist 45 (3).

2018 “Mobility Equity in a Globalized World: Reducing Inequalities in the Sustainable Development Agenda,” World Development 112.

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.


In press: The Invisible Palestinians: The Hidden Struggle for Inclusion in Jewish Tel Aviv. Indiana University Press. 

Hackl, Andreas (ed.) 2021. Digital refugee livelihoods and decent work: Towards inclusion in a fairer digital economy. International Labour Organization, Geneva. 

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


Towards decent work for young refugees and host communities in the digital platform economy in Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, International Labour Organization, Geneva, 2021.

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 Perspective, Palgrave 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]

Selected commentary and analysis

Occupied labour: The treadmill of Palestinian work in Israel. An investigation into how Palestinians escape the poverty trap by working in Israel but only at the terrible cost of failing to build and sustain their own local economies. IRIN, 2017.

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.


Research interests

Research interests

I am Lecturer in the Anthropology of Development, currently working on an ESRC funded project on digital refugee livelihoods. Previsously, I spent two years on a Teaching Fellowship, during which I convened the courses Social Development and The Anthropology of Displacement and Migration.

I was a Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute in 2019 and before that, a Visiting Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, as part of the Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion.

An earlier postdoctoral project at the University of Edinburgh explored the role of labour mobility in contexts of extreme inequality and political conflict. I was especially interested in the impact of labour migration on the socio-economic development in Palestinians' home areas in the West Bank. The project ran for one year and was funded by the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

This postdoctoral research built 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 leading agency for humanitarian news and analysis, IRIN.

As a way to bridge my work in journalism with research in social anthropology, I was 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 curated the blog series Rethinking Peace & Conflict Research in Edinburgh for the Global Justice Academy (GJA) Blog.

The most recent emerging research interest of mine is digital anthropology and digital economy, including questions about big data, data science in anthropology, and especially the role of digital labour for vulnerable populations.

As former co-convener of Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology (PACSA), one of the major networks of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), I 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.

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