Alumna (Doctoral Researcher)

Anna Frohn Pedersen is a PhD student at IRI THESys since July 2018. She holds a Master of Science in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen and a Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. Her research topics have varied broadly, including refugee and migration studies, place making, land use transformation and non-renewable resources. Besides written ethnography, Anna has worked with different forms of representation, including film-making, photography and sound-recording. She has conducted fieldwork in Tanzania, Malaysia, Nepal, Denmark and the US.

Anna’s PhD research is part of the ITN programme COUPLED and supervised by Prof. Dr. Jonas Østergaard Nielsen. Her research explores the global-local entanglements within the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector of Tanzania, and its implications for the development of sustainable livelihoods. One aspect of the research is to explore the empowerment potentials of value chain transparency, asking how transparency is understood, utilised and experienced by artisanal and small-scale miners. The research is situated between anthropology and human geography and engages an ethnographic methodology.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Supply chain transparency
  • Artisanal and small-scale mining

Selected Publications

Pedersen, Anna Frohn; Nielsen, Jonas Ø.; Friis; Cecilie; Jønsson, Jesper Bosse (2021): Mineral exhaustion and its livelihood implications for artisanal and small-scale miners. In Environmental Science & Policy 119, pp. 34–43.

Andersen, Astrid Oberborbeck; Bruun, Thilde Bech; Fenger, Milja; Egay, Kelvin; Klee, Simone; Frohn Pedersen, Anna; Lund Pedersen, Lærke; Suárez Villanueva, Victor. 2016. Negotiating development narratives within large-scale oil palm projects on village lands in Sarawak, Malaysia. Geographical Journal. 182 (4): 364–374.


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