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Gerhard Hoffstaedter

Associate professor, The University of Queensland

Gerhard is interested in religion and development, Islam in Southeast Asia and refugee issues. His research focuses on identity politics in general and the role religion and ethnicity play in particular.

He is also course director for the social anthropology MOOC World101x: Anthropology of current world issues on the edX platform:


  • 2012–present
    Lecturer in anthropology, University of Queensland
  • 2009–2012
    Research Fellow, La Trobe University


  • 2009 
    La Trobe University, PhD
  • 2005 
    University of Kent, MA


  • 2015
    Urban Refugees: Challenges in Protection, Services and Policy, Edited with Koichi Koizumi
  • 2012
    Why Human Security Matters: Rethinking Australian foreign policy, Edited with Altman, D., Camilleri, J. and Eckersley, R., Sydney: Allen&Unwin
  • 2011
    Modern Muslim identities: Negotiating religion and ethnicity in Malaysia, Copenhagen: NIAS Press

Research Areas

  • Social And Cultural Anthropology (160104)
  • Asian Cultural Studies (200202)
  • Religion And Society (220405)
  • Migrant Cultural Studies (200208)