Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Schweitzer

since 2012 Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna; Head of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology






Professional career:

  • since 2016: Director, Austrian Polar Research Institute
  • since 2013: Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)
  • since 2012: Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna
  • 2007-2012: Director, Alaska EPSCoR
  • 2002-2012: Professor, Department of Anthropology, UAF
  • 1997-2002: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UAF
  • 1992-1997: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UAF


Recent synergistic activities:

  • 2017-2019: Scientific Advisory Board Member, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
  • 2015-2020: Project Leader, “Configurations of Remoteness: Entanglement of Humans and Transport Infrastructures”, Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • 2015-2017: Speaker of the Working Group “History of Anthropology” of the German Anthropological Society
  • 2014-Present: Founding Board Member International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research
  • 2014-2017: Scientific Advisory Board Member, Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development: New Governance for Sustainable Development in the European Arctic
  • 2012-2019: Steering Committee Member, Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA), a Canadian Major Collaborative Research Initiative

Most relevant publications:

  • P. Schweitzer and O. Povoroznyuk. 2019. “A Right to Remoteness? A Missing Bridge and Articulations of Indigeneity along an East Siberian Railroad”. Social Anthropology 27(2): 236–252.
  • P. Schweitzer, F. Stammler, C. Ebsen, A. Ivanova and I. Litvina. 2018. “Social Impacts of Non-Renewable Resource Development on Indigenous Communities in Alaska, Greenland, and Russia,” in: Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic, C. Southcott, F. Abele, D. Natcher, and B. Parlee, eds. New York: Routledge, pp. 42-64.
  • P. Schweitzer, O. Povoroznyuk and S. Schiesser. 2017. “Beyond Wilderness: Toward an Anthropology of Infrastructure and the Built Environment in the Russian North”. The Polar Journal 7(1): 58-85.
    A. Petrov, S. BurnSilver, F. Chapin III, G. Fondahl, J. Graybill, K. Keil, A. Nilsson, R. Riedlsperger, and P. Schweitzer. 2017. Arctic Sustainability Research: Past, Present and Future. London: Routledge.
  • E. Marino, P. Schweitzer. 2016. “Speaking Again of Climate Change: An Analysis of Climate Change Discourses in Northwestern Alaska,” in: Anthropology and Climate Change: From Actions to Transformations. Second edition. S.A. Crate and M. Nuttall, eds. Pp. 200-209. New York: Routledge.