I am Gerhard Hoffstaedter, a senior lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Queensland. My research focuses on development (especially the role of religion), multiculturalism, refugee politics, Islam in Southeast Asia and identity politics in Asia-Pacific. 2014-2017 I hold a Discovery Early Career Research Award from the Australian Research Council to investigate the everyday lives of urban refugees in peninsular Malaysia. My study is concerned with how refugees make a life for themselves in legal limbo and what role ethnicity and religion play in terms of resilience. I am trying to play a small part in bolstering the evidence-base for better regional and national policies relating to refugees that are necessary to deal with the region’s growing refugee crisis (see these 2 articles for more info on this: article 1…and article 2).
I am also interested in free education movements and how we can share knowledge in a less hierarchical mode. I am a co-founder of the Melbourne Free University project. We wrote a short booklet on how to start a free uni (download it here).
Friends have started a Brisbane Free University, if you’re in town, check it out.

In 2014 I received funding from UQx to produce an anthropology MOOC based on a first year course I teach. You can take teh course for free, watch all the videos and discuss them with other students either by taking the edX course here, or watching videos online here or follow us on facebook here.

For academics, you can check out my profile and download some of my papers and articles on academia.edu.

For twitterati, you can follow me on twitter.

If you are interested in my books, check them out on my author page.

2 comments on “About

  1. Savannah Miller says:


    I study anthropology at Florida State University. The topics you are researching are very intriguing. I was wondering if you are putting together a research team, and if so may I apply to it? I would love to study refugees and how they deal with displacement. I believe anthropologist can play a vital role in improving their emotional and physical environments.



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