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Dr. Diego Menestrey Schwieger

Short Biography

03/2019 till present: PostDoc researcher in the NamTip Project (Understanding and Managing Desertification Tipping Points in Dryland Social-Ecological Systems – A Namibian Perspective)

09/2017 till 05/2017: Research fellow in the LINGS (Local Institutions in Globalized Societies) project and in the Range Ecology and Range Management Group at the University of Cologne

09/2016 till 8/2017: Coordinator of the Master’s program “Culture and Environment in Africa”, Department of Social & Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne.

05/2010 till 05/2016: Research fellow in the LINGS Project (Local Institutions in Globalized Societies) at the Department of Social & Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne.

Doctorate (Defensio) on the 5.11.2015. Titel of the Dissertation: "The Pump Keeps on Running: On the Emergence of Water Management Institutions Between State Decentralization and Local Practices in Northern Kunene".

03/2004 till 04/2010: Master’s studies in Social & Cultural Anthropology (major subject), Sociology and Latin-American Studies (subsidiary subjects). Title of thesis: "Institutions and Conflict. An Ethnographic Study of Communal Water Management in North-West Namibia".

Academic Membershipds/Awards

Hamburg's student's price in Social & Cultural Anthropology 2010.

Thematic Interests and Regional Focus

Human-Environment Relations, Political Ecology, Pastoralism, Community-Based Natural Resource Management, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods.

Southern Africa, Caribbean.

Current Research Projects and Grants

NamTip: Social and Cultural Implications of Desertification Tipping Points in the Namibian East Communal Rangelands

NamTip: Social and Cultural Implications of Desertification Tipping Points in the Namibian East Communal Rangelands

Sub-Project 3 of BioTip. Understanding and Managing Desertification Tipping Points in Dryland Social-Ecological Systems

Support: BMBF

Project management: Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig, Dr. Diego Menestrey Schwieger

Website: https://www.namtip.uni-bonn.de/

Duration
Funding Phase: 2019-2022 (36 months) | Budget Sub-Project: 333.366 €

Courses and Seminars

SuSe 2017: Guerrillas, Paras, Narcos - an approach to an understanding of the armed conflict and violence in Colombia

SuSe 2017: Basic Concepts of Research in Hazard, Vulnerability, and Risk Managment

WiSe 2016/2017: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Social Anthropology

WiSe 2016/2017: Theoretical Approaches to Human-Environment Relations – An introduction

SuSe 2016: Anthropological Perspectives on the Caribbean

SuSe 2014: Governing the Commons: Theories and Concepts Underlying Community Based Natural Resource Management

Publications

Menestrey Schwieger, D.A. 2020. When Design Principles Do Not Apply: The Role of Individual Commitment and “Voluntarism” in Maintaining Communal Water Supply in Northern Kunene, Namibia. Human Organization, 79(3): 216-225.

Bollig, M., Schnegg, M., Menestrey Schwieger, D.A. 2020. Ethnographic Upscaling: Exploring and Testing Hypotheses Drawn from In-depth Ethnographic Findings in Spatially Continuous Cases. Field Methods, 32(4):346-364.

Menestrey Schwieger, D.A. 2020. Socio-historical and structural factors linked to land degradation and desertification in Namibia's former Herero 'homelands', Journal of Arid Environments, 178:104151.

Menestrey Schwieger, D.A. 2019. Negotiating Water on Unequal Terms: Cattle Loans, Dependen-cies and Power in Communal Water Management in Northwest Namibia. Nomadic Peoples, 23(2):241-260.

Menestrey Schwieger; D.A. 2017. The Pump Keeps on Running: On the Emergence of Water Management Institutions Between State Decentralization and Local Practices in Northern Kunene. Lit Verlag: Münster.

Menestrey Schwieger, D.A. 2015. An Ethnographic Analysis of the Role of Power in Institutional Arrangements: Borehole Cost Recovery Within a Pastoral Community in North-Western Namibia. Environmental Policy and Governance, 25, 258–269.

Bollig, M., & Menestrey Schwieger, D.A. 2014. Fragmentation, Cooperation and Power: Institutional Dynamics in Natural Resource Governance in North-Western Namibia. Human ecology, 42, 167-181.

Menestrey Schwieger, D.A. 2012. Institutions and Conflict: An Ethnographic Study of Communal Water Management in North-West Namibia. Köln: Kölner Ethnologische Beiträge.

Menestrey Schwieger, D.A. 2010. Institutions and Conflict: Communal Water Management in North-West Namibia. MICROCON Research Working Paper 34. Brighton: MICROCON.