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Department of Social Anthropology



My doctoral research explores the practices and understandings of making a living within a depopulated landscape. I carried out fieldwork in a small village on São Jorge Island where residents grapple with the effects of longstanding out-migration and worsening agricultural conditions. Placing emphasis on the various meanings of cultivating land perceived as “lost”, my inquiry centres around mundane economic, especially agrarian, practices and the various moral projects enacted by navigating the depopulated economy of São Jorge.

Prior to joining the Departmentof Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, I completed an MSc in Social Anthropology at LSE (2018). My undergraduate studies were in Anthropology and Law at LMU in Munich (BA, 2016) where I also worked as a research and teaching assistant.


Agriculture, work, money and value, household and kinship, anthropology of the state, depopulation, human/nonhuman relationships, Azores Islands and Highland Java.

Research Title: Cultivating Lost Land: Livelihood and Depopulation in São Jorge Island, Portugal
Supervisor: Dr Rupert Stasch
 Tim  Pöhlmann (2018)

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