Recent news and thoughts
September 21, 2021
Dressing for the occassion
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s (AOC) recent appearance in a tax-the-rich dress at the Met Gala in New York offers interesting insights into how the rich and their supporters, or at least some of them, respond to demands on the rich to contribu...

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.

Recent Publications
 • Peer Reviewed Articles

When land becomes a burden: An analysis of an underperforming Zambian land deal. African Studies Review 64 (3): 653–674 (with Chewe Nkonde).
 • Other Publications

Elite Culture. Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition.
 • Peer Reviewed Articles

Multi-scalar moral economy: Global agribusiness, rural Zambian residents, and the distributed crowd. Focaal 89: 79-92.