Sophie Elixhauser, MA PhD

research fellow
project "Snow2Rain"

Contact Details

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


Research Focus Areas

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

Short Biography

I am a Senior Project Advisor in the Snow2Rain project exploring changes from snow to rain and their impacts on a local community in East Greenland. I have a long-standing relation to East Greenland, having spent considerable time there since more than 15 years. I received my PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Aberdeen and my MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology and Biology from the University of Munich. I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Augsburg, working on a project about climate change in the European Alps, a Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen and an Associate at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society, University of Munich. Moreover, I taught at the universities in Munich and Aberdeen.

Selected Publications

For a selection of publications, see