Institute of Social Anthropology

Prof. Dr. Haller, Tobias

Ariane Zangger is a PhD-student at the Institute for Social Anthropology under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Tobias Haller. She is doing her doctorate as part of the SNSF research project "Convivial Constitutionality: Human-Predator Interrelations in Complex Social-Ecological Systems", which examines the relationships between humans and large carnivores in three different contexts. Ariane will explore the human-wolf relationship in the Romanian Carpathians, where a stable wolf population and a centuries-old shepherd tradition can be found to this day. 

Ariane has concluded her bachelor's and master's degree at the University of Bern in Social Anthropology, Science of Religion and Sustainable Development. In addition to her doctorate, she is doing the project coordination for the interdisciplinary research project Silicon Mountains, which deals with the Swiss Alps in the digital age. Her master's thesis focused on the wolf population in Upper Valais (Switzerland), the associated challenges for local sheep owners and their dealing strategies.

Research interests: 

  • Wolf
  • (Alpine) Agriculture
  • Human-Animal Relations
  • Ecological and economic Anthropology
  • New Institutionalism and Political Ecology
  • Commons