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Ines Kohl holds a doctoral degree from the university of Vienna in social anthropology, and has been working for 10 years as researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Ines has a consistent funding record with research projects and extensive experiences with multi-sited fieldwork in North- and Westafrica, and is commanding over competences in academic teaching about her regional area of expertise, the Sahara, i.e. Algeria/Libya/Niger/Mali.

She speaks German, English, French, Arabic and Tamasheq (Tayrt), and has basic knowledge of Hausa.

Her main research interests deal with the Tuareg, the Sahara and the Sahel. She concentrated on:

  • transnational mobility
  • borderlands, migration and border-crossings
  • migration through the Sahara, the “second face of the Mediterranean”
  • economic strategies of Tuareg, called afrod (smale scale trade, smuggling)
  • urbanization and sedentariness in the Sahara
  • youth culture (ishumar) and cosmopolitanism
  • the geopolitical situation, in the Sahara and the Sahel

Ines Kohl is a member of the Refugee Outreach & Research Network (ROR-n), part of the scientific advisory board of Lamma, a Journal of Libyan Studies, coordinator of the Austrian-Nigerien Association imaran, and chair of the Austrian NGO Amina, Aktiv für Menschen in Not.

She has published two books, one edited volume, and numerous articles on transnational mobility and migration, anthropology of borders and borderland, geopolitical conflicts in the Sahara and the Sahel, and economic strategies of the Tuareg.

Ines is married to Akidima Effad, an Amajegh (Targi) from Niger, and they have two children: Rhissa born in 2009, and Rima born in 2016.



Dr. Ines Kohl

Social anthropologist
Anthropology of the Sahara and the Tuareg
1060 Vienna
0043 / 676 / 789 17 88