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Dr. Konstantina Isidoros

Konstantina Isidoros is a social anthropologist and explorer of the Sahara Desert. Her principle research interest is in the specialised human endeavour of occupation, migration, survival and adaptation in arid zones. Funded by the Royal Anthropological Institute and Royal Geographical Society, her ethnographic fieldwork has followed nomadic flows through the western desert territories of Algeria, Mauritania, Western Sahara and Mali since 2006. Research among the Sahrāwī nomad-refugees in the western Sahara Desert examines female political architecture, desert Islam, tribe-state formation and globalisation. It seeks to understand how and why this nomadic society has evolved over three millennia and its survival responses to dynamics such as climatic fluctuations and natural resource conflict.

Contact Information:





Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

51 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE. UK


Research Interests

Social Anthropology, North Africa and Middle East (MENA), politics, Islam, tribe-state formation.

Gender Studies and Kinship Theory, sex and social reproduction, masculinities, matriliny, milk-kinship, matrifocality, eusociality, evolutionary theory.

Refugee studies, international law, war, migration, anthropology of development.

Sahara Desert, arid-zone ecology, human-landscape interaction, Holocene climate variability, archaeology, nomadic pastoralists and hunter-gathers.


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