The Hague Colloquium on the Future of Legal Identity

Civil Registration Centre for Development, The Hague and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Johannesburg

Erik Bähre

Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University

Erik Bähre is assistant professor at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University. He worked previously at the University of Amsterdam, University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu Natal), University College Utrecht (2002-2005), and was researcher at the department of anthropology at the London School of Economics taking part in a ESRC funded research project on economic change in South Africa. He has been awarded a KNAW NIAS (2011-2012) research fellowship. He specializes in economic anthropology and most of his research is carried out in South Africa. His research interests include how poor people come to depend on commercial insurance companies; how insurance companies try to offer sustainable insurance to the poor by limiting administrative costs; and how statistical classification and bureaucratic procedures lead to a realignment of morality and identity.