Christiane Naumann, M.A.

Coordinator of the Master Programme Culture and Environment in Africa 

Room: 6.013
Phone: 0049-(0)221 470 2904
Email: Christiane.naumann(at)
Office hours during semester break:

Currently on maternity leave

Curriculum vitae

  • since 10/2015: Lecturer (Assistant of Prof.Dr. M. Bollig); Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Cologne
  • 11/2014: Submission of PhD-thesis (defence in May 2015)
    Title of the thesis: Where We Used to Plough: 100 Years of Environmental Governance, Rural Livelihoods and Social-Ecological Change in Thaba Nchu, South Africa
  • 2010 – 2015: Research Assistant in the DFG research group RCR; Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Cologne
  • 2009: Magistra Artium (M.A.) in Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Hamburg
    Title of the thesis: Weidemanagement und ethnobotanisches Wissen bei den Rehobother Bastern
  • 2004 – 2009: Undergraduate Researcher in the BMBF-Programme BIOTA-Southern Africa; Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Hamburg
  • 2003 – 2007: Student Assistant; Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Hamburg
  • 2001 – 2009: Studies in Cultural and Social Anthropology, Sociology and Educational Science at the University of Hamburg
  • 1981: born in Leipzig 

Subject interests and regional focus

Human-environment interactions, political ecology, economic anthropology, migration, translocality

Southern Africa (especially South Africa and Namibia) 

Research projects

RCR - Resilience, Collapse and Reorganisation in Social-Ecological Systems of East-and South Africa's Savannahs
DFG research group of the University of Cologne in cooperation with the University of Bonn
Principal Investigator: Prof.Dr. Michael Bollig
Funding Period: 1. Phase 2010-1013; 2. Phase 2014-2016

BIOTA-Southern Africa – Biodiversity Monitoring Transect Analysis in Southern Africa
BMBF-funded, interdisciplinary research network of German, South African and Namibian universities and research centres
Principal Investigator of the anthropological sub-project: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Lang
Funding Period: Pilotphase 2000-2003; 2. Phase 2004-2006; 3. Phase 2007-2009

Fieldwork experience

South Africa: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014/15 (in total 17 months)

Namibia: 2004, 2005/06, 2009 (in total 10 months)


Courses taught at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne

  • Summer term 2016: Basic Concepts of Research in Hazard, Vulnerability, and Risk Management
  • Summer term 2016: Migration und Translokalität im südlichen Afrika
  • Winter term 2015/16: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches in Social Anthropology
  • Winter term 2015/16: Wolken über dem Regenbogen? Südafrika 20 Jahre nach Ende der Apartheid
  • Summer term 2015: Einführung in die Politische Ökologie
  • Summer term 2013: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches in Social Anthropology 


Naumann, C. & C. Greiner (accepted). The Translocal Villagers. Mining, Mobility, and Stratification in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Mobilities. 

Linstädter, A., Kuhn, A., Naumann, C., Rasch, S., Sandhage-Hoffmann, A., Amelung, W., Jordaan, J., Du Preez, C.C. & M. Bollig (2016). Assessing the Resilience of a Real-World Social-Ecological System: Lessons from a Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation of a South African Pastoral System. Ecology and Society 21(3): 35. DOI: 10.5751/ES-08737-210335

Rasch, S., Heckelei, T., Oomen, R. & C. Naumann (2016). Cooperation and Collapse in a Communal Livestock Production SES Model – A Case From South Africa. Environmental Modelling & Software 75: 402-413.

Naumann, C. (2014). Stability and Transformation in a South African Landscape: Rural Livelihoods, Governmental Interventions and Agro-economic Change in Thaba Nchu. Journal of Southern African Studies 40(1): 41-57.

Naumann, C. (2012). Rangeland Management and Ethnobotanical Knowledge of Farmers in Rehoboth. In: C. Limpricht (Hg.). Rehoboth, Namibia: Past & Present, pp. 482-502. Windhoek: Solitaire Press.

Domptail, S., Dreber, N., Falk, T., Gibreel, T., Kirk, M., Limpricht, C., Naumann, C., Prediger, S., Vollan, B. & D. Wesuls (2010). An Ecological-economic Analysis of the Pastoral Systems of the Nama Karoo in Southern Namibia. In: Hoffman, M.T., Schmiedel, U. & N. Jürgens (Hrsg.). Biodiversity in Southern Africa 3: Implications for Landuse and Management, pp. 109-150. Göttingen & Windhoek: Klaus Hess Publishers. 

Haarmeyer, D. H., Luther-Mosebach, J., Dengler, J., Schmiedel, U., Finckh, M., Berger, K., Deckert, J., Domptail, S. E., Dreber, N., Gibreel, T., Grohmann, C., Gröngröft, A., Haensler, A., Hanke, W., Hoffmann, A., Husted, L. B., Kangombe, F. N., Keil, M., Krug, C. B., Labitzky, T., Linke, T., Mager, D., Mey, W., Muche, G., Naumann, C., et al. (2010): The BIOTA Observatories. In: Jürgens, N., Haarmeyer, D. H., Luther-Mosebach, J., Dengler, J., Finckh, M. & U. Schmiedel (Hrgs.): Biodiversity in Southern Africa 1: Patterns at Local Scale - The BIOTA Observatories, pp. 6-801. Göttingen & Windhoek: Klaus Hess Publishers.

Wesuls, D., Naumann, C. & C. Limpricht (2009). Algemene Plante in die Rehoboth Streek: Veldgids vir Plaasboere / Common Plants in the Rehoboth Area: A Farmer’s Field Guide. Hamburg: BIOTA Southern Africa.

Naumann, C. (2006). Rezension zu Nikolaus Schareika: Westlich der Kälberleine. Nomadische Tierhaltung und naturkundliches Wissen bei den Wodaabe Südostnigers. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 131(1): 145-147.

Linke, T. & C. Naumann (2005). Feldforschung im südlichen Afrika: Arbeiten in einem interdisziplinären Projekt. Ethnoscripts 7(1): 171-186.

Presentations at conferences and workshops

Naumann, C. (2016). Teilnehmende Beobachtung und Geschichte. Talk in the course of the lecture series "Teilnehmende Beobachtung in einer globalisierten Welt". Cologne, Germany. 14/06/2016.

Naumann, C. (2016). Eroding Soils and Overgrazed Rangelands. Deconstructing a Narrative of Environmental Degradation in South Africa, 1930s-1950s. Talk at the International Conference of the European Network of Political Ecology (ENTITLE). Stockholm, Schweden. 20/03-24/03/2016.

Naumann, C. (2015). Schafe statt shares – Translokale Handlungsspielräume und Investitionsentscheidungen südafrikanischer Minenarbeiter. Talk at the Deutscher Kongress für Geographie. Berlin. 1/10-6/10/2015.

Greiner, C. &C. Naumann (2015). Farming Miners: Translocal Relations of Mine Workers in Kuruman, South Africa. Talk at the RCR stakeholder workshop. Naivasha, Kenya. 11/05-12/05/2015.

Naumann, C. (2013). Private Farms, Undivided Shares, and Resource Management: The Case of Rehoboth. Talk at the workshop on „Common Pool Resource Management in Heterogenous Groups“, University of Cologne. 14/11-15/11/2013.

Naumann, C. (2011): Entering the Field. Talk in the course of the lecture „Ethnography: Principles and Practices“ at the University of the Free State. Bloemfontein, South Africa. 29/08/2011.

Naumann, C. (2010): Environmental History and Recent Land Use in Thaba Nchu, South Africa. Talk at the PhD-Colloquium, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Cologne. 29/06/2010.

Lang, H., Limpricht, C., Linke, T., Naumann, C. & M. Pröpper (2008). Demography and Biodiversity. Poster for the conference „Biodiversity of Africa – Observation and Sustainable Management for our Future“. Spier, South Africa. 29/09-03/10/2008.

Lang, H., Limpricht, C., Linke, T., Naumann, C., Pröpper, M. & M.Schnegg (2008). Cultural Biodiversity Knowledge: Uses and Impact. Poster for the conference „Biodiversity of Africa – Observation and Sustainable Management for our Future“. Spier, South Africa. 29/09-03/10/2008.

Bock, B., Lang, H., Limpricht, C., Naumann, C., Werner, W., Wesuls, D. & I. Zimmermann (2005). Biodiversity and Land Use Systems: Taking a Closer Look at the Cultural and Historic Dynamics in the Rehoboth Farmlands in Namibia. Poster for the BMBF evaluation conference. Würzburg. 26/11-28/11/2005.

Linke, T. Naumann, C. & M. Pröpper (2005). Die kulturelle Dimension von Biodiversität. Der ethnologische Beitrag zu BIOTA: drei Forschungen in Namibia und Südafrika. Talk at the research colloquium, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Hamburg. 05/05/2005.