Dan Rosengren


School of Global Studies
Visiting address
Konstepidemins väg 2
41314 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 700
40530 Göteborg

About Dan Rosengren

I received my Ph.D. in social anthropology at Gothenburg University in 1988 on a thesis concerning notions of politics and leadership among Matsigenka people of the Peruvian Amazon. Between 1989 and 1991 I worked in Angola as a socio-economic advisor at the Ministry of Fisheries’ department for small scale artisanal fisheries and after returning home I was employed by the Swedish National Board of Fisheries as a desk officer at the division for international cooperation (SWEDMAR).

In 1998 I returned to the Department of Social Anthropology where I was employed as a lecturer with special focus on indigenous peoples. I was appointed associate professor in 2005. Between 1996 and 2001 I was member of the international board of IWGIA (International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs). Since 2010 I am member of the board of SALSA (Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America). I have been engaged by Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, British, Canadian and USA universities and research organisations to examine and perform evaluations of different kinds and I have performed consultancies for Sida and the Interamerican Development Bank.

Areas of interestTaking my ethnographic point of departure in social and cultural conditions of Matsigenka people of the Peruvian Amazon, among whom I have been working since the end of the 1970s, I have explored a number of different themes. Extensive and externally financed research projects have examined:

  1. Notions regarding politics and leadership
  2. Ethno-political expressions and processes
  3. Everyday realities as described in various cultural registers, mainly myths and other narratives
  4. The perception of meteorological phenomena
  5. Notions of poverty and development.  

Presently research is focused on the two latter areas of interest. A common denominator in most of my research is the exploration of ontological principles in different systems of knowledge.

Teaching and tutoring Since I started teaching at Gothenburg University in 1978 I have acquired a broad experience from different courses, mainly in social anthropology but I have also been extensively engaged in Latin American regional studies, human ecology, Museion and the multidisciplinary programme of environmental studies.  At the School of Global Studies I presently teach a course on the socialization of the physical environment, I am tutor for essays on both the “magister” and master level and I am supervisor for a number of doctoral candidates. Presently I also teach at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia, where I teach courses in qualitative research methodology for students at the departments of anthropology and of sociology and for master and doctoral students at the interdisciplinary research institute (CIDES) associated to the university.

Field work experienceOn and of among Matsigenka people since the end of the 1970s.