EnMoTe - Environments, Mobilities, Technologies

EnMoTe stands for “Environments, Mobilities, Technologies”, which delineates a field of anthropological inquiry focusing on human-environmental relations, including built environments and infrastructures, as well as on the flows and movements of human and non-human beings, things, and ideas. Our research is focused on but not limited to 1) the circumpolar North and other remote “resource frontiers,” and 2) the former Soviet Union and other post-socialist areas. While our team consists primarily of social and cultural anthropologists, EnMoTe acknowledges the potential of collaborating with scholars from other social science disciplines, the humanities, arts and natural sciences. While many of the team members work closely with Prof. Schweitzer, the goal of EnMoTe is to provide a forum for debates about environments, mobilities and technologies within the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology and beyond.

EnMoTe News


The ERC funded project "Infra North - Building Arctic Futures: Transport Infrastructure and Sustainable Northern Communities" led by Peter Schweitzer was launched on January 1, 2021


Olga Povoroznyuk gave a talk “(Post)Soviet Infrastructure: Politics of Identity, Memory and Emotions along the Baikal-Amur Mainline, East Siberia” at the internal research seminar of the Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna on November 18, 2020


Peter Schweitzer and Olga Povoroznyuk gave online presentations about the role of transport infrastructures in northern communities at the international conference that took place in Yakutsk on November 17-20, 2020

EnMoTe Projects

Permafrost thaw and the changing Arctic coast, science for socioeconomic Adaptation (2017-2022)


Configurations of Remoteness (2015-2020)


ReSDA Project "Labour Mobility and Community Participation in the Extractive Industries - Yukon" (2014-2019)

Vienna Arctic Summer School (2016)

Field Experience in Northwest Russia Summer School (2015)

Related PhD Projects

Ria-Maria Adams

(Re-)Production of Social Identities: An Anthropological Approach to Cultural Adaptation Processes of Migrated Youth in Finnish Lapland (2018-2021)