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Academic Interests

Nature/culture, climate change, economic anthropology, identity, the state

Peru, Andes, Latin America

Higher education and employment history

Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, 2011

Researcher/Post.doc., Dept. of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen 2010-2012 (Project: From Ice to Stone)

Post.doc, Dept. of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo 2012- (Project: Overheating - the three crises of globalization)


The Ph.D. thesis analyzed micro-entrepreneurial practices, the negotiation of values, and animistic ontology in a semi-formal economy in the city of Cusco, Peru.

The current post.doc-project has the title "Overheating in the Andes: global connections and local articulations of climate change, capitalism and cosmopolitics", and it seeks to explore the intersections of climate change, economic politics, and identity formations in the Peruvian Andes.

Tags: Climate change, identity, Nature/culture, Andes, The State, economic anthropology, Latin America


  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2019). Safe milk and risky quinoa the lottery and precarity of farming in Peru. Focaal: journal of global and historical anthropology.  ISSN 0920-1297.  2019(83), s 72- 84 . doi: 10.3167/fcl.2019.830108
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2019). Water as Resource and Being: Water Extractivism and Life Projects in Peru, In Cecilie Gro Vindal Ødegaard & Juan Javier Rivera Rivera (ed.),  Indigenous life projects and extractivism. Ethnographies from South America.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-3-319-93435-8.  Chapter 6.  s 143 - 164
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2019). “You cannot contradict the engineer”: Disencounters of modern technology, climate change, and power in the Peruvian Andes. Critique of Anthropology.  ISSN 0308-275X.  0(0), s 1- 19 . doi: 10.1177/0308275X18821164
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2018). Settlers and Squatters: The Production of Social Inequalities in the Peruvian Desert, In Margit Ystanes & Iselin Åsedotter Strønen (ed.),  The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America: Decades of Change.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-3-319-61535-6.  Chapter 10.  s 231 - 252 Show summary
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2017). Precarious entrepreneurs: mobile phones, work and kinship in neoliberal Peru. Social Anthropology.  ISSN 0964-0282.  25(2), s 159- 173 . doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.12395 Show summary
  • Paerregaard, Karsten; Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt & Andersen, Astrid Oberborbeck (2016). Water Citizenship: Negotiating Water Rights and Contesting Water Culture in the Peruvian Andes. Latin American research review.  ISSN 0023-8791.  51(1), s 198- 217 . doi: 10.1353/lar.2016.0012
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). Adapting to what? The neoliberal politics of climate change and alternative forms of governance in the Andes, In Harold Langford Wilhite & Arve Hansen (ed.),  Will the Paris agreement save the world? An analysis and critique of the governance roadmap set out in COP 21.  Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo.  ISBN 978-82-90391-65-7.  Chapter 9.  s 57 - 63
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). Climate Change, Water Practices and Relational Worlds in the Andes. Ethnos.  ISSN 0014-1844.  81(1), s 75- 98 . doi: 10.1080/00141844.2014.929597
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). Dreams of Growth and Fear of Water Crisis: the Ambivalence of ‘Progress’ in the Majes-Siguas Irrigation Project, Peru. History and Anthropology.  ISSN 0275-7206.  27(5), s 569- 584 . doi: 10.1080/02757206.2016.1222526 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). Harvesting Water for the Future Reciprocity and Environmental Justice in the Politics of Climate Change in Peru. Latin American perspectives.  ISSN 0094-582X.  43(4), s 56- 72 . doi: 10.1177/0094582X16637866 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). "It Seems Like a Lie”: The Everyday Politics of World-Making in Contemporary Peru, In Bjørn Enge Bertelsen & Synnøve Kristine Nepstad Bendixsen (ed.),  Critical Anthropological Engagements in Human Alterity and Difference.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-3-319-40474-5.  Chapter 11.  s 253 - 272
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). "We Are All Strangers Here":Transforming Land and Making Identity in a Desert Boomtown, In Elisabeth Schober & Thomas Hylland Eriksen (ed.),  Identity Destabilised. Living in an overheated world..  Pluto Press.  ISBN 9780745399126.  Chapter 4.  s 59 - 76
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2015). Raining in the Andes: Disrupted Seasonal and Hydrological Cycles, In Kirsten Hastrup & Frida Hastrup (ed.),  Waterworlds: Anthropology in Fluid Environments.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-78238-946-0.  Chapter 3.  s 75 - 92
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2010). Los peregrinos urbanos en Qoyllurit'i y el juego mimético de miniaturas. ANTHROPOLOGICA.  ISSN 0254-9212.  (28), s 39- 66
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2007). Negociación de poder y respeto: El comedor popular como punto de encuentro entre mujeres pobres y el estado en Cusco, Perú. Serie Haina.  ISSN 1403-3933.  6
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2006). Forhandlinger om makt og respekt felleskjøkkenet som møtepunkt mellom kvinner og stat i Peru. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7285.  17(3/4), s 253- 263

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  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt & Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (ed.) (2019). Climate, Capitalism and Communities: An Anthropology of Environmental Overheating. Pluto Press.  ISBN 9780745339566.  243 s.

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  • Hansen, Arve; Wilhite, Harold Langford; Bang, Guri; Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt; Torvanger, Asbjørn & Vetlesen, Arne Johan (2016). Klimaavtalen i Paris: viktig men utilstrekkelig. SUM-bloggen.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). A comparative comment from another climate change frontline, and remarks on the Moana Rua film.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). Drought, debt and claims for water justice in the Colca-Majes watershed, Peru.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). Kamp om fortida i Perus presidentvalg. . doi:
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). Kvinner og klær. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.  s 6
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). Politics of climate change, uneven impacts on livelihood and multiple forms of governance.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). Private enclosing of public water? The politics of water extractivism and financialization of infrastructure in Peru.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). “The Social Vindication of the Highlands”: Climate Change and Justice in Southern Peru. LASA Forum.  ISSN 0890-7218.  47(4), s 26- 29
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). Water as value and being: Extractivist mega-projects and ownership in Peru.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2016). “What unites us is the umbilical cord of water:” Hydrosociality, precarity and politics in Peru.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2015). Included into what? Frost, Debt and Thoughts on "Progress" in Peru.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2014). Hualca Hualca: Mountain Lord and Life Source, In Kirsten Hastrup & Cecilie Rubow (ed.),  Living with Environmental Change: Waterworlds.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0415746670.  part three, ch. two.  s 162 - 165
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2014). Litres per second: Measuring the Water Flow, In Kirsten Hastrup & Cecilie Rubow (ed.),  Living with Environmental Change: Waterworlds.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0415746670.  part four, ch. seven.  s 248 - 251
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2014). Scalable and Fluid Sprinklers, In Kirsten Hastrup & Cecilie Rubow (ed.),  Living with Environmental Change: Waterworlds.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0415746670.  part two, ch. 11.  s 130 - 133
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2014). Seawater to the Mountain Top: The Hydrological Cycle in Chivay, Peru, In Kirsten Hastrup & Cecilie Rubow (ed.),  Living with Environmental Change: Waterworlds.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0415746670.  part one, chapter four.  s 36 - 39
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2013). Commodifying Water in Times of Global Warming. NACLA REPORT ON THE AMERICAS.  ISSN 1071-4839.  46(1), s 32- 37
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2013). Globalt klima, lokal vannmangel – hvem betaler prisen?. . doi:
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2012). (New?) perspectives on animism, personhood and violence in the Andes.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2012). Calling and collecting rain: knowledge, technologies, and time-space in the mountains.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2012). Harvesting water: the politics of climate change in Peru.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2012). Local responses to climate change: Sowing and harvesting water in the Peruvian Andes.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2012). Making rain: intersecting knowledge, creativity and mimesis.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2012). Material climate effects and water multiplicity in the Peruvian Andes.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2012). Perspectives on violence, personhood and animism in the Andes.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2012). Water flow, hydrometric practices and response-abilities.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt & Andersen, Astrid Oberborbeck (2012). "A new water culture? Technologies and terminologies of water and climate change in Peru.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2011). La situación actual del agua y los cambios climáticos en Caylloma.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2011). 'Todo en la vida se paga': Negotiating life in Cusco, Peru. Series of Dissertations submitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo. 297.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2011). Water is life - water has life: relating to nonhuman beings and things in the politics of water and climate.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2010). Kosmologi og kapitalisme i Andes. Jordens Folk.  ISSN 0021-7484.  (46), s 6- 13
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2009). Mais og miniatyrer: forhandling av verdier i Andes.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2009). Negociando la vida y dando poder a los deseos: los indígenas urbanos en Qoyllur Rit'i.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2009). Spiritual and moral objects? The Cross, maize and money in Cusco.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2008). "Alt i livet må betales": Moralsk gjeld, moder jord og forhandling av livet i en skjønnhetssalong i Cusco.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2008). Negotiating life through economic and ritual activities.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2008). The doing of identity through economic and ritual activities in Cusco, Peru.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2008). Todo en la vida se paga: Negotiating life in the margins of Neoliberalism in the city of Cusco.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2008). Vendiendo llamadas en la calle: Observación participativa e interpretación de un caso empírico de Cusco.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2007). To feltarbeid i Peru: fra felleskjøkken til frisørsalong.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2006). “Desafiando los discursos de género: El comedor popular como punto de encuentro entre mujeres y estado en Perú”.
  • Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2006). "Rituelle redskaper og kroppsliggjøring av identitet i et hellig andisk landskap".

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