LUISA T. Schneider

Anthropologist and Research Consultant

Based on our shared humanity and through living with people around the world on their terms, anthropology has the unique ability to study the various lived experiences of people and the way they give meaning to their lives and interpret its flows, to theorize these insights and to share them with the entire world in a structured and accessible way. Therefore, anthropology has the highest theoretical, practical and social relevance.

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Luisa T. Schneider is a sociocultural anthropologist and research consultant with over nine years of experience working on issues of gender, intimacy, violence and law.

Schneider has been conducting ethnographic research in Sierra Leone (since 2012) and Germany (since 2018).

As a fellow at the Law and Anthropology Department of the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale), she leads a research project that examines intimate relationships, privacy, violence, and state–citizen engagement among unhoused populations in Germany.

Schneider holds a DPhil in Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where she examined violence in relationships in Sierra Leone and responses to it at the interpersonal, household, community, and state levels. Set against the post-conflict and post-TRC watershed, her work combines an analysis of top-down policy and legal approaches to violence prevention with grassroots understandings of the role and place of violence in relationships.

Additionally, Schneider offers high-level strategic advice, monitoring and evaluation to donors, multilateral and community organisations and policy makers.

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To understand what works to prevent gender-based, domestic and sexual violence and to develop more effective prevention programmes and policies alongside services, we first need to understand the trajectories and lived experiences of those who execute, witness and suffer violent acts in different locations.

The multifactorial complexities of violent experiences requires approaching this topic with the outmost sensitivity, an inter-diciplinary skill-set and in conversation with those affected by it.

Schneider combines trans-disciplinary academic expertise and extensive research with professional placements and humanitarian engagement.

She says: "What motivates me is working on topics that lie at the core of contemporary concerns and matter to the people I study and - together - finding ways to lessen pain and suffering and to make our lives saver, richer and happier."

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Luisa T. Schneider holds degrees in Cultural and Social Anthropology, International Development and Journalism. As a research consultant and humanitarian activist, she worked with a multitude of NGOs, IOs, local organisations, and Stakeholders around the world.

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Schneider is available for short-term desk and field consultancies as well as for academic and research collaborations.

"Through my holistic approach I develop and carry out in-depth, socio-culturally sensitive research leading to an understanding of attitudes and practices, develop tailor-made violence prevention interventions and projects that involve men and boys alongside women and girls from all backgrounds and demographics and analyse and disseminate findings in a clear and accessible way."

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