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Department of Social Anthropology



Johannes Lenhard studied Economics and Management at Zeppelin University in Germany, before his postgraduate career at the London School of Economics and then the University of Cambridge focused on various aspects of homelessness. His PhD asked the question: how do people make a better life on the streets of Paris? At Max-Cam, Johannes acts both as the centre’s research coordinator and continues his own research on inequality and ethics. His postdoctoral project turns to international venture capital investors and investigates the values and ethics behind their efforts of making a better future.




  • Lenhard, J. and Samanani, F., 2019. Home Ethnographic Encounters, Bloomsbury Academic
  • Journal articles


  • Lenhard, J., 2022. The economy of hot air–habiter, warmth and security among homeless people at the Gare du Nord in Paris, Informa UK Limited Housing Studies, 10.1080/02673037.2020.1844158
  • 2021 (Published online)

  • Lenhard, J., 2021 (Published online). The hopeful labour of begging – Homeless people’s struggles for a better life in Paris, SAGE Publications Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 10.1177/02637758211005443
  • 2020 (No publication date)

  • Lenhard, J., 2020 (No publication date). Luck in Venture Land Anthropology News, 10.14506/AN.1486
  • 2017

  • LENHARD, J., 2017. You Care More for the Gear Than the Geezer? Care Relationships of Homeless Substance Users in London, Wiley City & Society, v. 29 10.1111/ciso.12128
  • 2014

  • Lenhard, J., 2014. Austere Kindness or Mindless Austerity: The Effects of Gift-Giving to Beggars in East London, Universidad de los Andes Antípoda. Revista de Antropología y Arqueología, 10.7440/antipoda18.2014.05
  • Research Associate and Co-ordinator, Max Planck - Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change
    Dr Johannes  Lenhard

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