Professional expertise

  • Project management and coordination in development cooperation
  • Expertise for specific North- and West African issues (Niger, Libya, Tuareg, transnational migration)
  • Scientific research (social anthropology)
  • Author of scientific and popular scientific articles
  • Lecturer at national and international universities


Since 09/2020 Secretary General, and since 10/2018 Program Director and Project coordinator of AKTION REGEN, Association for Delevelopment Cooperation, Austria
=> Projects for women empowerment, education of family planning, sexual & reproductive health and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)-education in Africa

Since 05/2017 chair of AMINA, Aktiv für Menschen in Not/Active for People in Need
=>Development cooperation and emergency assistance in Africa and Eastern Europe

Since 11/2011 Co-founder and coordination of the Autrian-Nigerien NGO IMARAN
=> Project coordination, monitoring and fundraising in Austria for nomadic schools in Norther Niger and support for vulnerable people – women and children

2003 – 2015: Junior and Senior Researcher the Institute for Social Anthropology an the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

Research Portfolio:

  • Tuareg in Libya and Niger
  • Socio-economic strategies in the Sahara and the Sahel (second economies, small scale trade, smuggling)
  • Transnational migration and mobility in the Sahara and the Sahel
  • Anthropology of borderlands
  • Sedentarisation, cosmopolitanism and youth culture in the Sahara
  • Identity and globalization

About Ines´ research

Ines holds a doctoral degree in social anthropology from the university of Vienna, completed successfully a training in project management (IPMA), and has experience in development cooperation.

Between 2003 and 2015 she has been a researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. During this period Ines has reached a consistent funding record (OMV, University Vienna, FWF) with research projects and has gained extensive experiences with multi-sited fieldwork in North- and West Africa.

In her research Ines has 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, and the geopolitical situation, in the Sahara and the Sahel.

Besides field experience, expertise in social science, development cooperation and project management, Ines is commanding over competences in academic teaching and adult education. She has performed lectures, seminars and guest lectures at national and international universities and institutes.

Ines has published two books, one edited volume, and numerous scientific articles in books and journals.

Her mothertongue is German. She speaks English, French, Arabic (colloquial Libyan dialect) and Tamasheq (Tayrt).

Field experience, travels and stays abroad

Between 2003 and 2015 Ines has conducted empirical multi-sited anthropological fieldwork in North- and West Africa. She has spent 2,5 years in South Libya (Ghat), 2,5 years in Northern Niger Arlit, Agadez), and several month in Algeria, Morocco and Benin.

Traveling and getting to know different cultures and people was already designated in her early childhood: Ines is lucky of having parents being fond of traveling – Ethnographische Geo-Expeditionen. Her first taste of North Africa was at the age of 4, followed by annual summer holiday travels to almost all North- and West African countries.

In her youth and early student time she continued getting to know the world and has spent a lot of time with backpacking through Europe, South- and South East Asia, and Central America.


Dr. Ines Kohl
1060 Vienna, Austria