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.


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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