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Silvia Wojczewski
Dr. Silvia Wojczewski

Center for Public Health (Department of Social and Preventive Medicine)
Position: Research Associate (Postdoc)

ORCID: 0000-0002-0065-7550
T +43 1 40160 34613

Further Information


Anthropology, Cultural; Community Networks; Ethnology; Gender Identity; Human Migration; Qualitative Research; Social Class; Vulnerable Populations

Research group(s)

  • Unit Medical Anthropology and Global Health
    Head: Ruth Kutalek
    Research Area: Research at the Unit focuses on the socio-cultural implications and perceptions of infectious diseases (Ebola viral disease, Lassa fever, measles, yellow fever), antimicrobial resistance (AMR), nutritional anthropology (e.g. geophagy), issues of access to health care for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, mental health, representations of human bodies, human-animal-environment interactions, as well as anthropological perspectives in emergency response and humanitarian assistance.

Research interests

I am an Anthropologist trained in the fields of Global Health/Global Care Networks, migration and diaspora studies, anthropology of tourism, feminist social sciences, intersectionality of gender/class/race, African diaspora. I currently work as a Post Doc in social and cultural anthropology at the Centre for Public Health, Unit of Global Health on community engagement and vulnerability and care circulation using a feminist and ethnographic framework. In my former research, I focused on African diasporic identity makings in Germany and transnational family making, international migration of healthworkers from sub-Saharan African countries and the circulation of care (public and private).
Languages: German, French, English, Spanish

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

I have extensive experience with qualitative research methods, in particular ethnographic fieldwork, open and semi structured interviews, focus groups, qualitative content analysis, discourse analysis, software atlat.ti/nvivo. 

Selected publications

  1. Wojczewski, S. (2021) ‘Silvia Wojczewski, Relating Afro-Diasporic Identities in Germany: Life-Storie’, Mondes du tourisme [Preprint], (20). Available at:
  2. Poppe, A. et al. (2016) ‘The views of migrant health workers living in Austria and Belgium on return migration to sub-Saharan Africa’, Human Resources for Health, 14(S1). Available at:
  3. Wojczewski, S. et al. (2015) ‘African Female Physicians and Nurses in the Global Care Chain: Qualitative Explorations from Five Destination Countries’, PLOS ONE. Edited by K. Dalal, 10(6), p. e0129464. Available at:
  4. Wojczewski, S. et al. (2015) ‘Portrayal of the Human Resource Crisis and Accountability in Healthcare: A Qualitative Analysis of Ugandan Newspapers’, PLOS ONE. Edited by B.M. Meier, 10(4), p. e0121766. Available at: