Short CV/Education and training

  • The social anthropologist Dr. Silja Klepp is currently holding a Professorship at the Institute of Geography, Christian-Albrechts University (CAU), Kiel. Before she was a Senior Researcher at the Research Centre for Sustainability Studies, University of Bremen, Germany. In her research project "Climate change and mobility – new rights and resources for environmental migrants in the Pacific region" from 2012 to 2016 she integrated postcolonial perspectives and critical theories in the study of climate change adaptation.

  • Her field research experience includes countries such as Kiribati, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Italy, Libya, Malta, and Zambia. Silja's main interest is the design and realisation of innovative empirical research projects in emotionally charged and politically sensitive fields. She is member of the German Young Academy of Scientists (Die Junge Akademie).

  • 1996 – 2003
    Humboldt University, Berlin: Master's degree in Social Anthropology, Subsidiary subjects: Political Science and Italian

  • 2006 – 2010
    International Research Training School "Critical Junctures of Globalization" Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle & University of Leipzig,PhD-project: Europe between border control and the protection of refugees. An ethnography of the Mediterranean Sea border.

  • 2010 – 2012
    Postdoc position at the International Research Training School INTERCOAST, University of Bremen and University of Waikato, New Zealand, organising education activities for a interdisciplinary group of 13 PhD students within INTERCOAST

  • Since 2012
    Teaching at the Institute for Anthropology and Cultural Research, University of Bremen

  • Since 2017 Professor of Human Geography at Kiel University, Denomination "Social Dynamics of the Sea and Coastal Areas"

Selected publications

  • Klepp, Silja (2017 ): Climate change and migration. In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science.

  • McNamara, Karen, Fernando, Nisharo, Klepp, Silja 2017: Moving people due to the impacts of climate change: why it is both adaptation and ‘loss and damage’. In: Climate Policy Vol. 17 (2)

  • Klepp, Silja, Herbeck, Johannes 2016: The politics of environmental migration and climate justice in the Pacific region. In: Journal of Human rights and Environment, Special issue Climate Justice. Vol. 7 (1), 54-73.

  • Klepp, Silja 2015: Haftzentren für Migrant_innen in Italien – der andauernde Ausnahmezustand, In: Soziale Probleme, Schwerpunktheft Flucht und Deportation. DOI: 10.1007/s41059-015-0007-7.

  • Friederike Gesing, Johannes Herbeck, Silja Klepp 2014: Denaturalizing Climate Change: Migration, Mobilities and Space. In: artec-paper Nr. 200

  • Klepp, Silja, 2013: Europäisierung vor Ort. Eine Ethnographie der Frontex-Mission Nautilus II. In: Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung 2. Jg. (2013) 1, 36-69.

  • Klepp, Silja, 2012: Flüchtlingsschutz auf dem Mittelmeer. Eine Ethnographie der Seegrenze zwischen Afrika und Europa. In: Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 137 (2012), 207-232.

  • Klepp, Silja, 2011: Europa zwischen Grenzkontrolle und Flüchtlingsrecht. Eine Ethnographie der Seegrenze auf dem Mittelmeer. Bielefeld, 428 pages.

  • Klepp, Silja 2011: A double bind: Malta and the rescue of unwanted migrants at sea. A legal anthropological perspective on the humanitarian law of the sea. In: Oxford Journal of Refugee Law Vol. 23 No.3 (2011), 538-557.

  • Klepp, Silja, 2010: A Contested Asylum System: The European Union between Refugee Protection and Border Control in the Mediterranean Sea. In: European Journal of Migration and Law 12 (2010), 1-21.

  • Klepp, Silja, 2010: Italy And Its Libyan Cooperation Program: Pioneer of the European Union's Refugee Policy? In: Jean-Pierre Cassarino (ed.): Unbalanced Reciprocities: Cooperation on Readmission in the Euro-Mediterranean Area. Washington D.C., Middle East Institute, 77-94.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • South Pacific / Kiribati and New Zealand: field research on climate change and mobility, 2011

  • South Pacific / Vanuatu: field research on climate change and mobility, 2010

  • Italy / Malta: field research for the doctoral dissertation, 2007

  • Libya: field research for the doctoral dissertation, 2006

  • Southern Italy: research trip and report for Pro Asyl on the situation of refugees, 2006

  • Lusaka / Zambia: Study of collaboration in the informal labour sector: "Joining hands in the informal sector and micro-enterprises activities", 2004

  • Apulia, Turin/Italy: Field research in Italy for the master's thesis: "Arrival and reception of refugees in Italy", 2002

  • Berlin: Research, filming, and production of a documentary on the "Soldiner Kiez" neighbourhood in Wedding (Berlin), often referred to as a "social flashpoint", 2001

  • Naples / Italy: Qualitative, empirical research on unemployed youth in Naples and their informal work and networks, 1998 – 1999

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member Rat für Migration

  • Member of the board of the Sustainability Research Centre (artec) at the University of Bremen, representing the non-professorial teaching staff

  • Member of the Junge Akademie (academy of young scientists) of the German Academy of Sciences, Berlin, and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

  • Founding member of kritnet – Netzwerk Kritische Migrations- und Grenzregimeforschung (network for critical research on migration and border regimes)

  • Member of the German Anthropological Association (DGV)

Additional qualifications

  • Interdisciplinary Research

  • University and Higher Education Politics

  • Member Die Junge Akademie


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • education politics


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