Sandra Staudacher, M.A.


Curriculum Vitae

Sandra Staudacher is an academic assistant, lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Basel, Institute of Social Anthropology and part of the Graduate School in Gender Studies at the Centre for Gender Studies. She did a fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (April 2015 - February 2016) and was a visiting lecturer at the State University of Zanzibar, Department of Social Sciences, School of Natural and Social Sciences (October 2013 - February 2014). Sandra Staudacher has a BA and a MA in Social Anthropology and Law from the University of Basel and was a mobility student at the University of Lausanne (September 2007- July 2008).


PhD Thesis

She conducts her dissertation research ‘Cosmopolitan Aging in Zanzibar: Health, Care and Transnational Links to Oman’ in the Swiss National Science Foundation funded project ‘Ageing, Agency and Health in Urbanizing Tanzania’ lead by Prof. Brigit Obrist. Sandra Staudacher is writing a PhD thesis on how people at the age of sixty years and above organize and practice their living and care arrangements in a changing urban and transnational Swahili society in the city of Zanzibar, Tanzania and especially in connection with their social networks abroad, particularly in Muscat, Oman. Further, the study aims at examining forms of agency in response to critical health situations in everyday life of elderly people in urban areas and analyzes gendered aspects in connection with aging and health.


Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Brigit Obrist

Co-Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Andrea Maihofer


Focus in Research

Research areas: 

Health, Aging, Care, Agency, Gender, City, Transnationalism, Migration, Islam


Regional focus: 

        East Africa and its connections over the Indian Ocean to the Arabian Peninsula



Field research:

        Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (19 months: June-August 2010, April-October 2012, February-May 2013, October 2013-February 2014, April 2014, January-February 2015)

        Basel, Switzerland (5 months: February-June 2011)

        Muscat, Oman and Dubai, AEU: (2 months: February-April 2014)


Research Projects

        2012-2017: ‘Cosmopolitan Aging in Zanzibar: Health, Care and Transnational Links to Oman’ (PhD thesis)

•    2016: Qualitative survey among NGOs on Human Rights-Based Approaches to Sexual and Reproductive Health  (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel)

        2011: "Wenn kein Asyl, was dann? Eine Ethnographie 'chancenloser Asylsuchender' " (MA thesis)

        2010: "NGOs as Agents of Development. Agency, Participation and Representation. Illustrated by the Example of the Legal and Human Rights Centre Tanzania LHRC." (MA Research Training Course)


Focus in Teaching

        Anthropology of Gender

        Anthropology of Islam

        Legal Anthropology

        Social Organization

        Social Work and Aging



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