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Department of Social Anthropology



Johannes Lenhard studied Economics and Management at Zeppelin University in Germany, before his MSc in Sociology at the London School of Economics and his MPhil and PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Since coming to London, his research has focused on various aspects of homelessness, from their survival practices to homeless policy. 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. His first monograph ‘Making Better Lives’ on his research with people experiencing homelessness was published in 2022 and his second one based on his VC research is under contract to be published in 2024.





  • Lenhard, J., 2022. Making Better Lives Hope, Freedom and Home-Making Among People Sleeping Rough in Paris, Berghahn Books
  • 2019

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


  • Lenhard, J., Margetts, M. and Meng, E., 2022. Of not passing: homelessness, addiction, mental health and care during COVID-19., BMJ Publishing Group Med Humanit, 10.1136/medhum-2021-012367
  • Lenhard, J., Coulomb, L. and Miranda-Nieto, A., 2022. Home making without a home: dwelling practices and routines among people experiencing homelessness Housing Studies, v. 37
  • 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 (Published online)

  • Lenhard, J., 2020 (Published online). Luck in Venture Land Anthropology News, 10.14506/AN.1486
  • 2020

  • Lenhard, J., 2020. Whose responsibility? COVID-19 in a homeless shelter in the UK. Soc Anthropol, v. 28
  • 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
    Johannes Lenhard

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