Thinking about the world - and power
I am Tijo Salverda, a Dutch working as Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna, Austria.
I began my studies in World History, Non-Western History, at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Subsequently, I commenced a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands (which I defended in 2010). After teaching at various Dutch universities, I joined the Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, from 2012 to 2014. Upon return to Europe, I joined the University of Cologne’s Global South Studies Center from 2014 through 2019. Since early 2019, I am based at the University of Vienna’s Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
My research focuses on elites and corporate actors, particularly how they perceive and respond to counter-power. Equally of importance in my research are geopolitics, (global) finance, political economy, and the study of economic behaviour from an anthropological perspective. I have conducted previous and ongoing research in sites across Mauritius, Zambia, South Africa, the Netherlands, France, and Germany.
When land becomes a burden: An analysis of an underperforming Zambian land deal. African Studies Review 64 (3): 653–674 (with Chewe Nkonde).
Elite Culture. Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition.
Multi-scalar moral economy: Global agribusiness, rural Zambian residents, and the distributed crowd. Focaal 89: 79-92.