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Dr Peter van Eeuwijk

Senior Lecturer and Senior Researcher


Senior Lecturer and Senior Researcher,
Institute of Social Anthropology,
University of Basel,


Instituteof Social Anthropology
University of Basel
Muensterplatz 19
CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland




Dr. van Eeuwijk is a social anthropologist (PhD.) and historian (M.A.) and holds a postgraduate degree in developing countries/development policy. His current scientific specialization is in the field of medical anthropology and anthropology of ageing, and of political ecology/sustainable development. He is presently engaged in teaching and research on medical anthropology and/or Southeast-Asia/East Africa at the

  • Instituteof Social Anthropology, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Instituteof Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg i.Br., Germany


Key research/capacity building interests


Research Interests

  • Old age vulnerability and elder care in Tanzania
  • Agency, health and care in Tanzania
  • Growing old in the city: urban health and ageing, Indonesia
  • Non-communicable diseases, ageing and care in East Africa and Southeast Asia

Key methodological skills

  • Qualitative research
  • Ethnographic research incl. long-term fieldwork
  • Anthropological methodology
  • Mixed method research
  • Project course management incl. PRA

Current engagement in capacity building

  • Tanzania: Developing a ‘Home Care Assessment Tool’ for households with older persons (in collaboration with HelpAge International Tanzania) to be applied by different actors (professionals and laypersons)
  • Indonesia: Establishing a public-private structure of social welfare coordination (particularly for older persons) on all administrative levels (from political community to government ministry)