Scientific Career

Stefanie Steinebach studied Forestry and Social and Cultural Anthropology in Göttingen, she holds a PhD in Anthropology and a Diploma in Forestry from the University of Göttingen. From 2001 to 2007 Stefanie Steinebach was Research Associate at the Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Göttingen, working on the “The meaning of tropical rainforest in the constitution of ethnic identity in Sumatra, Indonesia” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin. During this period she spent 15 month with the semi-nomadic forest dwelling Orang Rimba in Jambi, Sumatra. Stefanie Steinbach also worked as consultant for international institutions and has experience with NGO and community work.
She currently holds a post-doc position in the Collaborative Research Centre 990: Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia), based in Göttingen, Germany. She works with Prof. Dr. Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin on Culture-Specific Human Interaction with Tropical Lowland Rainforests in Transformation in Jambi, Sumatra. She conducted fieldwork with Javanese transmigrants and autochthonous Batin Sembilan in Jambi in 2012.
Her research interest focuses on human-environmental relationships with a special interest in cultural and ethnic identity, power relations, land rights, critical history and postcolonial theories.


Steinebach, Stefanie (2013): Der Regenwald ist unser Haus. Die Orang Rimba auf Sumatra zwischen Autonomie und Fremdbestimmung. Göttinger Beiträge zur Ethnologie Bd. 6. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen.

Steinebach, Stefanie (2009): Da willst Du wirklich hin? Als Frau so ganz alleine? Geschlecht im Feld. In: Hermann, Elfriede Karin Klenke & Michael Dickhardt (Hg.): Form, Macht, Differenz. Motive und Felder ethnologischen Forschens. S. 371-385. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen.