Sophie Elixhauser, MA PhD

research fellow
project "Snow2School"

Contact Details

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
NIG, 4th floor


Research Focus Area

  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Phenomenological Anthropology
  • Sensory Ethnography
  • Climate Change
  • Materiality
  • Social Theory
  • Ethnography of Communication
  • European Alps
  • the Arctic
  • Greenland
  • Inuit Studies

Short Biography

I am a Senior Researcher in the citizen science project Snow2School, which builds on the previous Snow2Rain project. Snow2School involves students from two schools in Uummannaq (Greenland) and Eisenerz (Austria), climatologists from the University of Graz and social anthropologists from the University of Vienna. The collaborative project aims at a better understanding of the changing snow cover in both regions and how it affects people’s lives. Moreover, I am a Research Associate in the ERC Advanced Grant Project InfraNorth with a particular interest in the social and political dynamics concerning plans for new airports in East Greenland. I have conducted long-term field research in Greenland over the past 20 years, particularly the east coast, added up by fieldwork in the European Alps and the Philippines. I received my PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Aberdeen and my MA in Social, Cultural and Physical Anthropology from the University of Munich.

Selected Publications

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