Julien-François Gerber is Assistant Professor of Environment and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.
I am on a research leave until October 2018 based at the Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics, and sponsored by an ISRF Early Career Fellowship.
My disciplinary area of work is in political ecology, economic anthropology, agrarian studies, and socio-ecological economics. In broad terms, I am interested in the relationships between 'modes of (re)production' and the conditions for sustainability, flourishing, alienation and resistance.
So far my empirical focus has been on the expansion of capitalism in the rural sphere, particularly through the lenses of ownership arrangements, credit/debt, (de)commodification, social metabolism, plantation studies and social conflicts. My geographic area of research includes India, Bhutan, the Himalayan region, but also Indonesia, Cameroon, Ecuador.
From an applied perspective, I am interested in bridging activism and science for building more viable systems. Here, my focus is on environmental and anti-debt movements, post-growth theory and practice, and eco-socialism.
I am also interested in the application of depth psychology to the understanding of capitalist modernity and especially to the concepts of 'development' and 'growth'. My long-standing theoretical research is on the integration of knowledge in economic anthropology and I am currently working on a book on this topic.
Prior to joining the ISS, I was at the Royal University of Bhutan in Kanglung (2015-16), at TERI University and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi (2012-14), and at Harvard University's Department of Economics (2010-12). I have a MSc in ecology from ETH Zurich, a M.A.S. in development studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and a PhD in political ecology and ecological economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
I am currently co-supervising two PhD students: Amod Shah and Mohsen Yazdanpanah. I am keen to hear from potential research students interested in working in these areas, especially on ethnographies of credit and indebtedness, degrowth, social movements, and theories of needs, values and wellbeing.