Social Dynamics in Coastal and Marine Areas


Areas of activity

  • Political Ecology, social and cultural effects of climate change, critical climate change adaptation research, Mobility studies, Legal Anthropology, Political Anthropology, border anthropology, Science, Technology and Society (STS), Mediterranean region, Oceania


Research activities of Prof. Dr. Silja Klepp

  • 2015 Research Fellow at the Pacific Center for Environment and Sustainable Development at University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
  • 2015 Fieldresearch in Fiji and Kiribati/ Central Pacific
  • March – June 2011: Field research in Kiribati/Central Pacific and New Zealand on the topic of climate change and mobility
  • November-December 2010: Field research in Vanuatu/South Pacifc on the topic of climate change and mobility
  • April – October 2007: Field research in Southern Italy and Malta to learn more about the practices of national and European border security forces handling the phenomenon of irregular migration in the Mediterranean Sea
  • October – November 2006: Field research in Tripoli/Libya to analyse the living and detention conditions of transit migrants and refugees in Libya and the effects of the Italian-Libyan border co-operation
  • April 2006: Research trip to Sicily, Italy funded by the German NGO Pro Asyl to undertake research and write a report on the situation of immigrants and refugees in the Italian sea-border region
  • June – September 2004: I spearheaded an empirical research team in Lusaka, Zambia, to provide information for the Zambian-German technical cooperation project “STEP IN” which was funded by the ASA Programme of InWEnt gGmbH (Capacity Building International, Germany). In an intercultural research team an assessment of possible forms of cooperation amongst informal sector operators was undertaken.
  • March – August 2002: Field research for my thesis: “Arrival and Reception of Refugees in Italy”. Conducted surveys on the situation of refugees in Puglia Region/ southern Italy and in the city of Turin/ northern Italy. Research also included an analysis of the Italian policy in the European process of harmonising migration and refugee law.
  • September 1998 – April 1999: Erasmus Exchange Programme in Naples, Italy: Undertaking of a self-designed empirical research project on the situation of unemployed young people in Naples, their social networking and survival strategies.