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Dr. Lukas Ley

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Lukas Ley is a social anthropologist whose research focuses on water, water infrastructure, and disaster. In urban Java, where he conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork, he studied the phenomenon of tidal flooding (“rob”). Apart from flooding, Ley is interested in climate change-related effects on politics and society at large.

In an ongoing postdoctoral research project, Ley studies how Semarang-based artists narrate kampung life to the public and become new mediators between residents and the local government.

Ley's new pastime is "hanging out" in Heidelberg's newest neighbourhood – the "Bahnstadt." By immersing himself in the social fabric of the entirely planned neighbourhood, he wants to understand this place's nascent social and cultural dynamics.




Recent Publications


"On the margins of the hydrosocial: Quasi-events along a stagnant river," Geoforum, (for special issue by Luisa Cortesi and Alejandro Camargo).

Jacobs, Jane.” The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, Bryan S. Turner (ed.), Blackwell Pub.

“Dry feet for all”: Flood management and chronic time in Semarang, Indonesia. ASEAS –
Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies
, 9(1), 107-126.

“Science knows the future while magic just guesses? Why we need to believe in order to know.” 360˚, 15, 102-108.  



"Hydraulic City: Water and the Infrastructures of Citizenship in Mumbai"
(Nikhil Anand), City & Society.

"Owners of the Sidewalk" (D. M. Goldstein), Anthropos, April/Mai 2018 Ausgabe.



"The Years of Living Precariously - The 'Rob' Phenomenon in Semarang", Voices, Special Issue: Social Water.

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