Janine Hauer

Position: researcher and research coordinator

Portrait of Janine Hauer

E-Mail: janine.hauer@ethnologie.uni-halle.de


Human-environment relations, time and temporality, anthropology of the future, ethnographic methods, critique and the role og anthropology in science and society, anthropogeography, interdisciplinarity and how to practise it

Current research

Currently, Janine is developing a research project on resource shifts in a Central German chemo-industrial complex. As the “Anthropocene” is “marked by major changes in the chemistry and chemical composition of the atmosphere” (Crutzen 2002) this project aims at tracing the chemical industry’s pivotal role in making and shaping the Anthropocene while also interrogating its possibly catalysing effects on broader energy and resource transitions.

Previous positions and research

Janine studied European Ethnology (BA & MA) and Social Sciences (BA) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and obtained her Master’s degree in 2015. After that, she worked as a lecturer and course coordinator at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In 2016 she joined the interdisciplinary Integrative Research Institute for the Transformation of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) and started her dissertation research under the working title “Transforming Rice Ecologies. A Case Study from Burkina Faso”.
Across these years Janine conducted research on urbanisation, land-use change, market formation, and emerging futures in a development context in Burkina Faso. She has done fieldwork in Ouagadougou (2014 & 2017, 2018) and Bagré, BF (2017, 2018).


Journal articles

  • Hauer, J., Liburkina, R. (2022): Assembling Rice Production Systems across Burkina Faso and Uruguay. In: Berliner Blätter, 86, 7-25. https://doi.org/10.18452/24400
  • Hauer, J. (2021): Future-making in Burkina Faso: ordering and materializing temporal relations in the Bagré Growth Pole Project. In: Geographica Helvetica 76(2), 163-175. https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-76-163-2021
  • Hauer, J., Faust, F., Binder, B. (2021): Kooperieren – Kollaborieren – Kuratieren. Zu Formen des Zusammenarbeitens in der ethnografischen Forschung. In: Berliner Blätter 83, 3-17. https://edoc.hu-berlin.de/handle/18452/23040
  • Bieler, P., Bister, M. D., Hauer, J., Klausner, M., Niewöhner, J., Schmid, C. & S. von Peter (2021): Distributing reflexivity through co-laborative ethnography. In: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 50(1), 77-98. https://doi.org/10.1177/0891241620968271
  • Hauer, J., Nielsen, J. Ø. (2020): Making land-use change and markets: The global-local entanglement of producing rice in Bagré, Burkina Faso. In: Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 102(1), 84-100. https://doi.org/10.1080/04353684.2020.1723121
  • Harrison, H. L., Hauer, J., Nielsen, J. Ø. & Ø. Aas (2019): Disputing Nature in the Anthropocene: Technology as Friend and Foe in the Struggle to Conserve Wild Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar). In: Ecology and Society, 24 (3), Art. 13. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10945-240313
  • Schug, F., Okujeni, A., Hauer, J., Hostert, P., Nielsen, J. Ø., & S. van der Linden (2018): Mapping Patterns of Urban Development in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Using Machine Learning Regression Modeling with Bi-seasonal Landsat Time Series. In: Remote Sensing of Environment, 210, 217-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.03.022
  • Hauer, J., Nielsen, J. Ø., & J. Niewöhner (2018): Landscapes of Hoping – Urban Expansion and Emerging Futures in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In: Anthropological Theory, 18(1), 59-80. https://doi.org/10.1177/1463499617747176

Edited volumes

  • Hauer, J. & F. Faust (ed) (2021): Kooperieren – Kollaborieren – Kuratieren. Positionsbestimmungen ethnographischer Praxis. In: Berliner Blätter 83.
  • Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment | Human Relations (ed) (2019): After Practice. Thinking through Matter(s) and Meaning Relationally. Vol I & II. Berlin, Panama.

Book chapters

  • Nielsen, J. Ø., Hauer, J. & C. Friis (2019): Capturing and Understanding Telecoupling through Qualitative Research. Methods Toolbox. In: Friis, C. & J. Ø. Nielsen: Telecoupling. Exploring land-use change in a globalised world. Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan, 303-312.

Science communication and reviews

  • Hauer, J., Seitz, T., Schmid, C., Dymczyk, A., Liburkina, R., Beck P., Hodžić, D., Unverzagt, K., Heitger, A., Bister, M., Bieler, P. & S. Reinsch (all Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment | Human Relations): Book Review: Groth, Stefan & Christian Ritter (Ed.) (2020): Zusammen arbeiten. Praktiken der Koordination und Kooperation in kollaborativen Prozessen. In: H/Soz/Kult. 25.02.2020.
  • Hauer J. (2019): Book Review: Ringel, Felix: Back to the Postindustrial Future. An Ethnography of Germany’s Fastest Shrinking City. In: H/Soz/Kult. 17.05.2019.
  • Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment | Human Relations (2019): From the Collaboratory Social Anthropology & Life Sciences to the Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment | Human Relations. In: EASST Review, 38(2).
  • Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment | Human Relations (2019): Current Work in the Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment | Human Relations: Doing research in a more-than-thought collective. In: EASST Review, 38(2).
  • Hauer, J. & C. Blumhagen (2015): Kongressbericht: Kulturen der Sinne. Zugänge zur Sensualität der sozialen Welt. 40. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde e. V., Universität Zürich, 22.- 25. Juli 2015. In: Mitteilungen des Instituts für Europäische Ethnologie 23, Wien.

Scholarships and awards

  • IRI THESys Fieldwork Grant (Funds from the German Excellence Initiative) for Dissertation Project in Ouagadougou & Bagré, Burkina Faso, 24/05/2017-26/11/2017 & 30/05/2018-07/08/2018)
  • Georg-Simmel-Prize 2016 (Outstanding Master Thesis)
  • THESys Award 2015 (Outstanding Master Thesis)
  • Graduation Scholarship („Abschluss-Stipendium Frauenförderung“, Faculty of Philosophy I, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 01/07/2015-31/08/2015)
  • IRI THESys Fieldwork Grant (Funds from the German Excellence Initiative) for Master Project in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 12/09/2014-30/11/2014
  • IRI THESys Scholarship on Sustainability and Global Justice (“Deutschlandstipendium”) 2013-2014


2022 Ethnographies in/of the Anthropocene (BA, Seminar für Ethnologie, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
2021-2022 Chemo-Ethnografie – Über und mit Chemie forschen? (BA, Seminar für Ethnologie, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
2019-2020Tücken qualitativer Interviews (Postgraduiertenworkshop, Zentrum für Ländliche Entwicklung, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
2018Vorlesung Besiedlung und Land’besitz’ (als Teil eines MA-Seminars zu Urbanisierung im Globalen Süden, Geographisches Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
2016-2017Ethnography Reloaded: Einführung in ethnographisches Forschen und Schreiben (MA, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
2016Anthropology in/of the City: An Introduction (in English) (BA, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Praxistheoretische Perspektiven: Grundlagen, Abgrenzungen, Beispiele (BA, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin)
2015Einführung in die Empirischen Methoden der Europäischen Ethnologie (BA, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)