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SNF Eccellenza Professor, University of Basel

Jon Schubert is an urban and political anthropologist working on infrastructures, climate change, extractive industries and neo-authoritarian statecraft, mainly in Lusophone Africa. He holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh and an MA from the University of Basel. A lapsed historian and erstwhile commercial risk forecaster, he is the author of 'Working the System. A Political Ethnography of the New Angola' (Cornell University Press, Sep. 2017) and a research professor in the Urban Studies division at the University of Basel


  • 2022–present
    SNF Eccellenza Professor, University of Basel
  • 2021–2022
    Senior lecturer, University of Konstanz
  • 2018–2021
    Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Brunel University London
  • 2017–2018
    Senior research fellow, Université de Genève
  • 2015–2017
    Senior Research Fellow, Changing Stateness in Africa, University of Leipzig
  • 2010–2015
    Senior Africa Analyst, IHS Country Risk
  • 2008–2009
    Programme Assistant, peace policy, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Berne


  • 2014 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD
  • 2007 
    University of Basel, MA African Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    SNF Eccellenza professorial fellowship
    Funding Source:
    Swiss National Science Foundation
  • 2017
    Leverhulme ECF 2017-569
    Funding Source:
    The Leverhulme trust

Professional Memberships

  • European Association of Social Anthropologists
  • African Studies Association UK
  • Swiss Society of African Studies